Many travelers prefer Thailand’s pleasant northern capital over the hectic pace of life in Bangkok. Most of the tourist action happens within Chiang Mai’s Old City, where orange-robed monks from the many temples smile as they pass.
From numerous cultural festivals and sprawling night markets to mountain trekking and scores of beautiful temples, Chiang Mai attracts over a million visitors a year who just can’t wait to come back. Chiang Mai is certainly most popular among the top 10 places to visit in Thailand.
Pai, a riverside village only four hours north of Chiang Mai, is a bonus; you can visit both of them together as a “package.”
Although inflation is on the rise due to popularity (Bangkok is consistently one of the most visited cities in the world), a vacation in Thailand is still relatively inexpensive.