Ancient temples, colorful markets and breathtaking natural scenery all set against a background of a rich regional culture make this northern Thai city stand out in a country filled with an abundance of tourist hot spots. Chiang Mai, which is also fondly referred to as the Rose of the North, is situated to the southwest of the cities Chiang Rai and Phayao while Nan lies to its east. Here are our picks for the best things to do in Chiang Mai on your next trip.

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