15 Quick Facts on Chiang Mai

View over Chiang Mai
View over Chiang Mai City  

15 Facts on Chiang Mai, Thailand:

1. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, after Bangkok

2. The city centre of Chiang Mai is surrounded by a walled moat, known as the Old City and is just a single square mile.

3. Chiang Mai is located 700Km North of Bangkok

Chiang Mai has a population of around 1.5 million with over 200,000 people living inside the city centre 

5. Chiang Mai means ‘New City’

6. 70% of Chiang Mai is covered by mountains and vegetation

7. Chiang Mai is home to Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain

8. Chiang Mai receives around 2 million foreign visitors a year

9. In the 13th century, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, the name given to the North of Thailand meaning ‘Land of a Million Rice Fields’ which reflected the agricultural richness of the area.

10. Chiang Mai city area has over 300 Buddhist temples

11. 80% of people living in the Chiang Mai district are locals from birth

12. Chiang Mai is the main base from which to do a Hill-Tribe trek with over 800,000 people living in the surrounding hills

13. Chiang Mai city sits along the Ping River

14. Wat Prah That Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s most famous temple, sitting high on a hill it can be seen from all over Chiang Mai

15. There are estimated to be over 20,000 expats living in Chiang Mai

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