Thailand’s northern capital and second largest city offers so much to see and do, with its historic sights, famous night bazaar, many dining and excursion opportunities. It is also the ideal place in which to experience a delightful and relaxing wonderful spa package.
Once the capital of the historic northern kingdom of Lanna, the old moat-contained town of Chiang Mai sits on the Ping River and is shadowed by the famous temple topped mountain of Doi Suthep. Surrounded by forested hills and lush river valleys, Chiang Mai and its environs are home to several day, hotel and resort spas.
In a region famous for its pleasant climate, misty mountains, and culturally distinct people, spas set out to imbue the essence of the North with flair and creativity. Some of the spas are inspired by the area’s magnificent temple architecture, becoming chapels of serenity, and in the cooler months, certain spas warm up treatment rooms with old log fireplaces. As used in ancient ritual practice, the treatments on offer are sources of traditional nual herbs, spices and aromatic oils.
While Chiang Mai is a city brimming with old temples and cultural heritage, many tourists to the region come to participate in the wealth of outdoor activities. The cooler weather means that more energetic pursuits are less likely to exhaust the body. Ascend Thailand’s highest mountain peak of Doi Inthanon for stupendous panoramas, view dazzling scenery and wildlife from a kayak, raft, or mountain bike. Embarking on a trek to visit remote hilltribes is also a worthwhile activity, as you sleep in wooden stilted huts with smiling villagers feeling a sense of their traditional way of life.