Chiang Mai a vested point of interest in Thailand. This region is known for an immense amount of Buddhist temples with no shortage of elaborate decor. The city is walled and moated and excellent preservation representative of it’s many past historical events. The city as a whole has an incredibly local and very diverse feel. Certainly representative of a foreign Asian city and culture.
Chang Mai is great for those who are keen on interacting with wildlife or a variety of different animals. It also offers excellent hikes and wildlife landscapes just outside of the city center. While visiting I had the opportunity to attend an elephant wildlife sanctuary. Here I was able to ride, bathe, feed, and play with the elephants, ranging from baby to adult. I also attended a tiger sanctuary about 30 minutes outside of the city. The sanctuary featured a variety of different styles and sizes of tigers, with whom the guests could interact with on a much more intimate basis than available in the states.
The food is very representative of the Thai cuisine and one would be hard-pressed to find any sort of American favorites in the heart of the city. In addition to the list of activities to partake in, I would certainly would recommend getting a Thai massage as there is a plethora of different options. Varying from extremely reasonable to particularly lux experiences. I enjoyed the excellent accommodations of the Le Meridan and would recommend.