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About Chiang Mai

(You are listening to "Phleng Chat", the Thai Anthem)






Wat Phrathat on Doi Suthep




Chiang Mai is often referred to as "The Rose of the North"

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
(A Temple Near the Summit of Mount Suthep)

There are about 300 temples in and around Chiang Mai

N.E. Corner of the Moat & Wall around Old Chiang Mai
(The Northeast corner of the wall protecting the old city of Chiang Mai)

Chiang Mai is an ancient city founded in the12th century.  Chiang Mai City’s population today is about 200,000.   The city was established in a green and fertile valley near the River Ping, with beautiful mountains to the west.  The old city was protected within a fortress-like wall  and a moat.  Today the wall still exists in some places.  The interior of the old city is exactly one square mile, the length of each side of the wall being one mile. 

Map of Chiang Mai, Thailand
(The old city of Chiang Mai within the protective walls and a moat)


This page was last updated on 06 Sep 2010  




History of Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s rich history goes back hundreds of years.  From ancient times, communities were set up along the major rivers, -- the rivers Kok, Ing, and Ping. 

In the 12th century, King Mangrai, united the many communities in the basins of the Rivers Kok and Ping and founded the city of Chiang Mai as the capital of the new kingdom, known as Lan Na.

Lan Na’s sovereignty was lost to Burma in 1558.  The city was abandoned to the jungle and remained deserted until the late 18th century.  With the help of the King of Siam (now Thailand) the city was revived in 1796 and reverted to Siam sovereignty.  The city and it’s surrounding area became a province of Thailand in 1933. 

Today, the city of Chiang Mai has existed for over 700 years and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in Thailand.  The blend of culture and customs of the various ethnic groups that have lived in Chiang Mai has been preserved and passed down through generations to form a distinct identity.  

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Chiang Mai Province constitutes the upper area of Thailand’s northern region, 750 kilometers (469 miles) from Bangkok.
Map of Thailand

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About 80% of Chiang Mai Provience’s land is covered by mountains and forests.  The largest and most important river in the providence is the River Ping.  The Ping originates in the mountains north of Chiang Dao and flows southward for 540 Km (338 Miles).  The highest mountain in Chiang Mai Providence is also Thailand’s tallest.  Inthanon Mountain peaks at 2,565 meters (8,498 ft.).



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In relation to the rest of Thailand, Chiang Mai is considered to be quite cool.  The average yearly temperature is 25.4°C (78°F), with the highest temperature ever recorded being 40.1°C (104°F) and the lowest 8.7°C (47°F).  There are three basic seasons in Northern Thailand: Hot, Rainy, and Cold. 


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Chiang Mai Time

Chiang Mai is +7 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)  or ZULU time.  All of Thailand is in the same time zone as Hanoi, Saigon, and Jakarta.  Thailand is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, but when the U.S. is of the insane delusion of thinking they are "saving" one hour of daylight, we are 12 hours ahead of Central Daylight Time.

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