No journey to Thailand is full, without a visit to the artsy town of Chiang Mai. Lush jungles, cute elephants, and plenty of authentic culture make the northern capital of Thailand a must-visit for every self-respected traveler.

Here are 5 interesting facts about Chiang Mai, that will make you jump on the plane and fly there as soon as possible!

It’s a New City . . . wait what??

The name of Chiang Mai literally means New City. It was found in 1296 as the new capital of the Lan Na Kingdom succeeding Chiang Rai.

Chiang Mai is still fortified

Check out a map of Chiang Mai, and you’ll see this big square in the middle. Those are the ancient walls and moat that guards the old city to this day (It’s a real moat, even though it’s only 2 meters deep and there are numerous bridges over it).

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It snows!

Ok, it snowed only once in 1955 …and it was in the nearby town of Chiang Rai, but it’s still quite an interesting fact!

They know how to party

There are two bucket list quality festivals in Chiang Mai:

The Songkran Festival aka the Thai New Year ( April 13 – April 15) is when they close all streets, and the town becomes a battleground of the biggest water fight in the world. Young or old, everybody got a water pistol and is ready to soak you wet!

Loy Krathong also celebrated with Yee Peng (the lantern festival), is the time of the year when every citizen and visitor of Chiang Mai release a lantern into the sky. Thousands of glowing lanterns floating into the air are a guarantee you’ll live one of the most magical nights of your life.

Chiang Mai is elephant-friendly

The last interesting fact about Chiang Mai is also my favorite! The region is home to over 50 elephant sanctuaries! And with only 40,000 – 50,000 Asian elephants left in the world, those sanctuaries are crucial for their survival. No visit to Chiang Mai is complete without meeting the gentle giants. Check out, what it really feels, to walk on the Elephant Trails.

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And if those interesting facts weren’t enough to awake your wanderlust for northern Thailand, here are 20 of my favorite photos that will convince you, Chiang Mai is a beautiful idea!

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That’s all from me, I hope you’ve enjoyed the beauty of Chiang Mai!
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