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There are a handful of travel destinations around the world to choose from when planning a vacation. Some prefer to play it safe and travel to a place that is often talked about in the media, while other people prefer to be more exciting and opt to travel to a discrete place that doesn't have a lot of hype attached to it but that it’s certainly a one-of-kind destination that is culturally significant, such as Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Founded in 1296 by King Mengrai, this city is well-known for having a dry and tropical climate with warm to hot weather the entire year. With a population of over 160,000, Chiang Mai is considered to be the most modern, creative, culturally significant and largest city in northern Thailand. It attracts over 5 million visitors each year (2 million of them being foreign tourists).

This city's most commonly spoken languages are Northern and Central Thai. English is mostly spoken in travel-related businesses, such as hotels.

There are over 300 Buddhist temples that you can visit in Chiang Mai, which include Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep which is the city's most famous temple (built in 1383) and Wat Chiang Man which is the oldest temple in the city that dates back to the 13th century.

There is a handful of meaningful festivals in this joyous city that celebrate different aspects of life, which tourists can enjoy seeing, such as the Loi Krathong, Songkran and the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.

Museums are another attraction that keeps tourists coming back to this fabulous city in Thailand. There is the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center museum, Chiang Mai National Museum, Tribial Museum and Sala Thanarak museum.

For those who prefer the nightlife, Chiang Mai offers numerous of bars to go to, a handful of discotheques, many live music venues to enjoy and a large night bazaar where you can purchase a variety of handicrafts and local arts.

Whenever you get here, don’t forget to stop by one of the many restaurants in the city that serve authentic Thai dishes—such as the Tom Yam Goong, Pad Thai, Kuay Tiew, Som Tam and Massaman Curry.

To get yourself around the city, you can opt to use public transportation such as the many red trucks or opt to rent a motorbike or private car.

As you can tell, Chiang Mai is a city that is filled with fascinating scenery that can be enjoyed by anyone. Unlike other cities, Chiang Mai is not often talked about in the media, which is what makes it an interesting destination to visit.      

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