Thailand's "Rose of the North" is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions and welcoming hospitality.

Chiang Mai literally means "new city" and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday, April 12 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand. King Meng Rai himself was a very religious leader who even founded many of the city's temples that remain important to this day. Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old pagodas and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city. Strangely, for many years tourists had mistaken Chiang Mai simply as the base from which they could plan trekking and rafting trips to hill tribe villages and explore other provinces. Once in Chiang Mai, however, tourists are surprised by the fact that there are so many things to discover other than its beautiful and historic temples. Intriguing diversity among ethnic tribes, a number of elephant camps, many cooking and massage schools, numerous outdoor activities, a variety of handicrafts workshops, various cultural performances, and breathtaking scenery make Chiang Mai one of Asia's most attractive tourist destinations. The phrase "a day in Chiang Mai is enough to see things around town" was once a common expression. Today, two weeks in Chiang Mai may not be long enough for travelers to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer.

The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north's fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai's distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai's greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.

Chiangmai Information

Geographic location

  • situated in the northern part of Thailand
  • 720 km. far from Bangkok.
  • covers the area of 20,170.1057 or 12,566,910 Rai.


  • Chiang Mai (new city) was found in 1296 A.D., 720 years ago By King Meng Rai, as the capital of the first independent Tai State "Lanna" (Kingdom of One Million Rice Fields) the capital's official name : "Nopburi Srinakornping Chiang Mai"


  • North : Shan State, Union of Myanmar
  • South : Sam Ngao District, Tak Province
  • East : Chiang Rai Province, Lam Poon Province,Lam Pang Province
  • West : Mae Hong Son Province


  • mild and rather cool all year round
  • average temperature 25 degree celsius
  • highest temperature : 31 degree celsius
  • lowest temperature : 20 degree celsius


  • Total 1,682,164 (30 Iune 2015)
  • Male : 818,100
  • Female : 864,064
  • * total number of households : 742,489
  • * minority group : 9 groups of 401,947 (30 June 2015) hill-tribes/ highlanders in 21 districts


  • Divided into 25 districts
  • 204 sub-districts and 2,066 villages
  • 28 regional adminstration offices
  • 211 local administration offices ( Provincial Administration Organization, Municipalities and Sub-district Administration Organizations)

Local Administration

  • - 1 provincial administration organization
  • - 1 provincial municipality
  • - 4 city municipality
  • - 100 district municipalities
  • - 105 district administration organizations

Economic Structure

  • GPP in 2013 = 184,132 mil.baht
  • GPP per capita = 106,707 baht
  • GPP breakdown:
  • - Agriculture :22.2%, Manufacture :9.5%,Trade & services : 12.5%,hotel & restaurant : 6.9%, Others: 48.9%


  • 2,612 factories with invested capita 34 mil.baht employing 42,611 workers.

Principal Crop Production

  • Rice, Orange, Longan, Lychee, Garlic, Onion and Shallot


  • Tourism Capacity
  • 1.Cultural and Traditional Tourism
  • 2.Long Stay
  • 3.Health Tourism
  • 4.Education Tourism
  • 5.MICE

"City of Life and Properity"

  • City which people live happily,Touristic hub in Asia
  • City which bring happiness and well-being to all walks life.
  • Gateway of Trade and Invesment which link to the world community

Tourism revenue in 2015

  • 73,757.45 million baht
  • local Thais 48,559.98 mil.baht (39%)
  • foreign visitors 25,197.47 mil.baht(61%)
Chiangmai Map
Vision of Chiang Mai Province
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