Learn the unique history of the area.
Chiang Mai, and Northern Thailand in general, has its own unique culture. Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and was established way back in 1296 (!). Lanna Thai is spoken by many of the area's inhabitants, and the province's proximity to Laos has also influenced Northern Thai culture.
Pictured here is Wat Chedi Luang, a stunning temple in the city built in the 14th and 15th centuries.