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Sightseeing in Chiang Mai

In the north of Thailand lies the city of Chang Mai. It feels more like a town than a large city and is surrounded by country side and lush mountains. Chiang Mai is well famous for its temples and there are many of them dotted around town. Some of them are from the day the city was founded and were built in Burmese, Sri Lankan and Thai architectural styles. This is largely visible in details of the decorations which have been applied extensively.

If you have been to the nearby historical city of Sukothai than it is likely you will recognize the layout of the smaller temples. The main difference is that in Chiang Mai the temples are intact and still fulfill their religious role, whereas in Sukothai only the remaining brick work is left changing the temple into something unrecognizable. One of the largest temples in Chiang Mai is Wat Judee Luang which contains a large ruin of its massive pagoda. Other smaller, but not less interesting temples are Wat Phra Singh, Wat Papao and Wat Buppharam. Some of the other sights in Chiang Mai are its old city wall which is made out of brick and the city hall with in front the statue of the tree kings.

Chiang Mai is also a good place to go on a trek in the surrounding hills. These treks usually last for 2 or 3 days and can include elephant riding and bamboo rafting. For exploring the hills around Chiang Mai, you can also rent a scooter and drive around yourself. If you want to travel onward to Laos, bus tickets can be easily arranged here. 


Chiang Mai travel photo gallery

 
Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra Singh.

 
Chiang Mai city wall, Thailand.

Chiang Mai city wall.

 
The old city wall of Chiang Mai.

The old city wall.

 




 
Wat Papao, Chiang Mai.

Wat Papao.

 
Guard at Wat Papao.

Guard at Wat Papao.

 



Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai.

Buddhist temple.

 



Wat Papao in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Papao.

 



Shrine's at on of the many temples of Chiang Mai.

Shrine's at on of the many temples.

 
Large brick stupa.

Large brick stupa.

 
Decorated Buddhist temple.

Decorated Buddhist temple.

 



Elephant in front of Buddhist temple.

Elephant in front of Buddhist temple.

 
Stupa behind a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Stupa behind a temple.

 
Red brick stupa with yellow decoration.

Red brick stupa with yellow decoration.

 
Small white temple in Chiang Mai.

Small white temple.

 
Thai decorated shrine.

Thai decorated shrine.

 
Thai architecture of a temple in Northern Thailand.

Thai architecture of a temple.

 
Elephant in front of a temple in Chiang Mai.

Elephant in front of a temple.

 
Thai Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai.

Thai Buddhist temple.

 



Three kings statue in front of Chiang Mai's city hall.

Three kings statue in front of the city hall.

 



Gate through the red brick city wall of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Gate through the red brick city wall.

 
Golden chedi.

Golden chedi.

 
Buddhist temple in northern Thailand.

Buddhist temple.

 



Thai temple.

Thai temple.

 
Decorative temple gate.

Decorative temple gate.

 
White statue of a lion.

White statue of a lion.

 



Beautiful Thai temple.

Beautiful Thai temple.

 



Buddhist temple.

Buddhist temple.

 



Wat Pra Singh, Chiang Mai.

Wat Pra Singh.

 
Ancient stupa in northern Thailand.

Ancient stupa.

 
Lions guarding a Buddhist temple.

Lions guarding a Buddhist temple.

 
Amazing temple in Chiang Mai.

Amazing temple.

 
Architectural details of a Buddhist temple in northern Thailand.

Architectural details of a Buddhist temple.

 
Thai temples have many architectural details.

Thai temples have many architectural details.

 
Large white stupa in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Large white stupa.

 
Entrance to a Buddhist temple.

Entrance to a Buddhist temple.

 
Wat Buppharam, Chiang Mai.

Wat Buppharam.

 
Ancient stupa.

Ancient stupa.

 
Ancient stone face in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Ancient stone face.

 
White temple and brown stupa.

White temple and brown stupa.

 
Palm trees in front of a Buddhist temple.

Palm trees in front of a Buddhist temple.

 
The front facade of a gold colored Buddhist temple.

The front facade of a gold colored Buddhist temple.

 
Ruins of the Wat Jedee Luang pagoda.

Ruins of the Wat Jedee Luang pagoda.

 
Temple at Wat Jedee Luang.

Temple at Wat Jedee Luang.

 



Wat Jedee Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Jedee Luang.

 



Wat Jedee Luang.

Wat Jedee Luang.

 
One of the small temples at Wat Jedee Luang.

One of the small temples at Wat Jedee Luang.

 



Wat Jedee Luang, Chiang Mai.

Wat Jedee Luang.

 
Gold colored temple.

Gold colored temple.

 



Colored temple decorations.

Colored temple decorations.

 



Decorated Buddha garden in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Decorated Buddha garden.

 
Stupa decorated with many colors.

Stupa decorated with many colors.

 
Buddhist temple, Thailand.

Buddhist temple.

 
Ancient stupa with elephants and a golden roof.

Ancient stupa with elephants and a golden roof.

 



Stone and wooden temple.

Stone and wooden temple.

 
Wat Chiang Man.

Wat Chiang Man.

 
Chedi with a golden top.

Chedi with a golden top.

 



Historical Thai temple.

Historical Thai temple.

 
Religious building in Chiang Mai.

Religious building.

 



Small Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Small Buddhist temple.

 
Ho Trai (library) of Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai.

Ho Trai (library) of Wat Phra Singh.


Internet sites with travel information about Chiang Mai



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