Truly the spiritual capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is home to hundreds of Buddhist temples that look absolutely beautiful up-close.

The city of Chiang Mai is one of the most visited destinations for travellers visiting Thailand, yet it isn’t exactly a household name for those who’ve never visited the country.

Descent Travel looks at the secret city of Chiang Mai and why it should certainly be considered for your next holiday.

Interact with Elephants

Elephants are beautiful creatures that are often mistreated or hunted globally. There are a number of elephant sanctuaries located in Chiang Mai that offer an educational and memorable experience.

When visiting an elephant conservation site, you’ll be educated about the species and the threats they’re facing.

You’ll also be able to interact with them too by bathing them, feed them and generally relax amongst them. An elephant sanctuary can truly offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Exploring Your Spiritual Side

Chiang Mai is home to over 300 Buddhist temples. You’ll be able to gain a further understanding of the countries’ main religion and explore some of its most historic, religious temples.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a sacred site to Thai people. It’s a historic temple believed to have been constructed during the 1300s.

It continues to attract over 100,000 tourists a month and with a cable car nearby, it’s an opportunity to capture some stunning images.

A Fantastic, Cultural Market

The Chiang Mai Sunday Markets offers the best night market experience in Thailand.

Set up along Ratchadamnoen Road, the Chiang Mai Sunday Markets offers a wealth of street food, souvenirs and some fantastic street performances.

The market stalls offer a range of fantastic Thai food, from seafood to noodles.

There’s a number of stalls that offer snacks and goodies and they’re incredibly cheap too. The Chiang Mai markets is a surreal experience that will make your Sunday evenings enjoyable.

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