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Celebrating the Charm of Chiang Mai - by John Natharal
Chiang Mai is the central hub of northern Thailand. Situated as it is, at a height and surrounded by mountains and verdant greenery, it is cooler than most of Thailand and has a more relaxed and refreshing attitude.
The temples of Chiang Mai dominate the landscape with tall spires and dramatically
sloping roofs. There are over 300 temples within the city limits and some of
them actually still function as temples and people worship here.
Celebrate a Natural Way of Life in Chiang Mai
The Songkran festival ushers in the Thai New Year with many activities. Key among
these is the water celebrations where everyone in the vicinity is doused with
water and the spirit is fun filled and happy. The dates for the Inthakin or City
Pillar festival changes from year to year but the carnival feel is carried through
with graceful Thai dances, musical performances and food stalls. The festival
revolves around Wat Chedi Luang which has the city pillar. Offerings are made
by the citizens of Chiang Mai to pay their respects to the guardian spirits of
the city. Chiang Mai also has an annual flower festival in February, just when
the gardens of the city are filled with tropical blooms.
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