Chiang Mai, called “The rose of the north”, is a friendly city located about 700 kilometres north of Bangkok that offers a relaxing atmosphere, great shopping and fun activities. This city is a popular holiday destination and many people from Bangkok come here regularly.
Chiang Mai actually means “new city” and was founded in 1296 as the capital of the Lannathai Kingdom. At the time the whole city was walled and surrounded by moats. The same area today is called the Old Town. Slowly the new city was developed around the walls. However, Chiang Mai has not always been a part of Thailand, but also of Burma (Myanmar) and of Siam (the old name for Thailand). It was not until 1949 that Siam officially became Thailand, hence also Chiang Mai.