Where is the best area to stay in Chiang Mai?
The undoubtedly charming city of Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s most spiritual, cultural and historic places, which is picturesquely set on a plain that is surrounded by attractive mountains and lush countryside. Even though Chiang Mai is one of the biggest cities in the country it still offers a lot of peace and greenery and for those reasons has been nicknamed “Rose of the North”. There are many wonderful temples to seek as well as a variety of museums, art galleries, gardens, recreational activities, massages, cooking classes and elephant excursions. The city is well known for its markets and night bazaars and every night offers something fun to do.
The best area to stay in Chiang Mai is the Night Bazaar area as this is where one of the most famous bazaars in Thailand is located and the area has the bulk of Chiang Mai’s hotels and hostels. This neighbourhood is particularly central to everything and is also home to an exciting nightlife, a great range of cuisines, cafes and shops and is close to all other major attractions too.
Historic city centre, the other recommended area to stay in Chiang Mai
The historic centre is the walled city that is located close to the Night Bazaar area and is a brilliant area to stay in due to the amount of tourist attractions that are within walking distance and the neighbourhood being very safe. Inside the remaining walls, there are over 30 temples that date back to the 1200s with the most spectacular being Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountain. Other temples to explore are Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chiang Man and Wat Chedi Luang with many of them having influences from Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka.
There is also the Arts and Cultural Centre, which has information on the history of the city and there are displays of traditional clothing, documents, photos and art. There are Thai massage places, cooking schools, boxing arenas, theatres, cinemas and lots of different shops with the main concentration being found on Ratmakka Road and Rachadamnoen Road. The same roads are best for nightlife as the best bars, restaurants and hotels can be found there.