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About Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) is the hub of  Northern Thailand. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand's fifth-largest city. Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "Rose of the North".
 
Chiang Mai has weathered seven hundred years of fascinating history. Chiang Mai has its own very distinctive culture, arts, festivals, and traditions as well as an exciting mix of local, ethnic as well as expatriate communities from all over the world. It has been voted one of the top destinations to live in Asia and is a modern and cosmopolitan city, while not having lost its traditional old charm.
 
With a magnificent moat, cobbled lanes, ancient temples, atmospheric ruins, massage parlours, Thai cooking schools and plenty of noodle stands, Chiang Mai has rapidly gained a substantial share in the Asian tourism market. More and more tourists visit Chiang Mai every year and enjoy its true fusion of different cultures and lifestyles.

No trip to Chiang Mai could possibly be complete without experiencing the legendary Night Bazaar, which is the ultimate place to pick up a souvenir of Thailand. Tourists should also consider taking a trip on one of the city's many 'tuk tuks', speedy three-wheelers which are small enough to weave in and out of congested traffic.