Chiang Mai City Overview
Chiang Mai is often hailed as Thailands Cultural Capital, certainly the inhabitants of this city are by far and away vastly different to the Bangkokians further south. Indeed traditional practices and ritual still hold sway here more than southern Thailand. The local language and dialect differs even down to the tempo of the speech (Northern Thai is at a slower pace).
Chiang Mai Zones
Chiang Mai is a city within a city; The old city is within the old city walls and is surrounded by a moat and five gateways. A northern gateway, two southern gateways, an eastern and a western.
The Old City Quarter - Slap bang in the center of the city is Chiang Mais Old City Quarter. Surrounded by walls and a moat it has some of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai as well as scores of back-packer style haunts.
The University Quarter - To the west of the city center lies the University Quarter which includes - Huay Gaew, Siri munkhalajan, Nimmanhaemin. Suthep and Klong Chon Prathan.
The Foreigners Quarter - Several of these areas exist: Areas around Central Chiang Mai, Loi Kroh Road, Tha Phae Road and further east is the Night Bazaar area. At the beginning of Huay Gaew Road is a small expat 'colony' in several of the apartment blocks there.
The Expats Quarter - Anywhere away from the tourist areas and often in the outer parts of the city as far as the outlying towns and villages in Chiang Mai Province.
Road Traffic in Chiang Mai
Chang Mai Facts
Founded: 1296 A.D
Population: 205,000 (Provincial)
Size (Municiple): 25 Sq. Miles
Distance from Capital by Air: 370 miles
Distance from Capital by Road: 450 miles
Typical Visa Run Destination: Mae Sai
Seasons and Weather.
Despite Chiang Mai being one of the most northerly of the Thai cities the heat can still be brutal in the month of April. The wettest is normally September and the coldest is usually December and January.
Cool Season - October to February. Avg Temp - 22 C
Hot Season - March to May. Avg Temp - 29 C
Wet Season - June to September. Avg Temp - 26 C.
Provincial Map of Chiang Mai
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