What you need to know before traveling to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai province, in Northern Thailand, is typically overshadowed by its most prominent city of the same name. A so-called “Learning City”, Chiang Mai offers a host of classes on Thai cooking, massage, silver working, and other handicrafts. As many people stay for several days at a shot, a good hotel in Chiang May is important. There are many cheap Chiang May hotel rooms appealing to students and backpackers that are simply not suitable for families or the more refined traveler, and EasyToBook.com can help to sort the wheat from the chaff. Far too many were once grand but now run-down, so having the ratings on discount hotels in Chiang May on EasyToBook.com can be quite helpful, for both the traveler on a budget and the people who wish to stay in luxurious Chiang May hotels.

In the city Chiang May, the daytime attractions are the various schools, the local temples and artisans, and the excellent spas and restaurants. The old part of the city has a high wall, and many open market bazaars flourish. However, Chiang Mai’s historic importance was due to its location on a major trade route, and you can best see this in the nighttime bazaar. The Night Market is one of the best in Asia, and the fierce bargaining can be quite exciting. Silk works, silver crafts, and all kinds of carvings, especially hand-done umbrellas, make this a must hit. There are also several all-night pharmacies in the bazaar for those on medical holiday or seeking to take advantage of the lower prices on prescription medications in Thailand. Von Dutch, Lucky, and of course the ubiquitous Gucci and Prada knock-offs round off the Chiang May market.

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