Although Thailand’s second largest city and northern Thailand’s economic center, Chiang Mai and bustling Bangkok are quite different. Here quiet sweet, is Deng Lijun’s favorite city. As the capital of the Kingdom of Lana, Chiang Mai exudes an enchanting classical temperament. The climate is cool, the four seasons flowers are brilliant, is Southeast Asia famous summer resort, is called “the north Thailand rose”.
Chiang Mai City is full of antique temple halls, white walls, red roof, golden eaves in the sun, the unique shape of the north Thailand style pagoda magnificent and unique. The monks in the temple are as gracious and friendly as the local residents, and are happy to discuss all questions about Buddhism and the history and culture of Chiang Mai with visitors.
Chiang Mai is a cultural city with a long history. But it was not until 1296 that King Mengrai of the Rana dynasty became the capital of Thailand and became the economic, cultural and religious center of northern Thailand at that time, and many temples were built to build Buddhist statues and moats to defend against the invasion of the Burmese army.
Chiang Mai was captured by Burmese troops in 1556, and the Burmese seized Chiang Mai until 1775 when King Taksin drove the Burmese troops back to the Thai-Myanmar border and Chiang Mai was retaken. Due to the Burmese army’s occupation of Chiang Mai for a long time, Myanmar’s culture, religion, architecture, language and cooking have a great impact on Chiang Mai.
In addition to its strategic location, Chiang Mai is adjacent to a branch of the ancient Silk Road in the south. Goods from China and Myanmar will be transported to Siam Bay through this trade route. The valley is wide, fertile, and rich in grain, so the Lana Kingdom was once at the heart of its politics and economy.
Between the early 18th and 19th centuries, a local monarch named “chao” nominally ruled the city. Chiang Mai was not ruled by the Siamese dynasty of Bangkok at that time, Chulalongkorn (King Ramah V) took control of Chiang Mai when he became king in 1874. Chiang Mai became part of the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939 and became the administrative center of northern Thailand.1996 Chiang Mai held the 700th anniversary of the city and celebration activities. The influx of foreign tourists in recent years is because Chiang Mai is a Thai arts and crafts center, where hand-made umbrellas, silverware and wood carvings are well-known at home and abroad.
What kind of clothing you choose to travel to Thailand depends mainly on the season and itinerary. Shorts, sleeveless T-shirts, sandals are the most practical. There are places in Thailand where dress requirements are high and people who dress too casually, especially temples or fancy hotels, are not allowed in. Loose light, good permeability, dry clothes is the best choice for rainy season travel. It is also recommended that rain drapes or umbrellas should be prepared on a regular basis. Streets can easily be flooded in the rainy season, so temples and some offices will ask you to go in after slippers, so slippers are very practical.
In addition, a sun cap is a necessary throughout the year, rain and sunny dual-purpose is the best. During the cool season, it’s a good idea to travel north, say, to Mae Hong Son or Chiang Rai, to bring a long-sleeved T-shirt or jacket. Because the cold season of northern Thailand in the morning and evening will be colder.