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Chiang Mai Old Town radiates mystique, the relics of an ancient walled city standing beneath the shadow of lush green mountains. The city’s long leafy boulevards are packed with temples and traditional buildings, while its serene atmosphere is a marked change to many other Thai cities. Chiang Mai is known as the cultural heart of Thailand, and the Old Town is its showpiece, the remains of the ancient Lanna Kingdom standing proudly in the foothills of the Himalayas.

An ancient moat and partially reconstructed city wall wraps around Chiang Mai Old Town, clearly demarcating the historic and modern parts of the city. Crumbling fortifications of red terraced brick stand over the moat in the southwestern corner, the final vestiges of the original city walls. The temples are a mixture of styles, handpicking the best of Lanna, Sri Lankan and Burmese design. Of the 30 in Chiang Mai Old Town, Wat Phra Singh is the largest and most ornate, while Wat Chiang Man has a royal pedigree and two ancient Buddha images. The most iconic photo is of Wat Chedi Luang, a majestic chedi that rises 86 metres and stands in a state of semi-preservation, where half of the chedi was toppled off during an earthquake.

The only way into Chiang Mai Old Town is over one of the small bridges that cross the moat. The largest of these allow vehicle access and head under the original city gates, notably Chang Phuak to the north and Tha Phae to the east. While the attractions are spread across Chiang Mai Old Town, the focus for many visitors is Prapokklao Road and Ratchapakinai Road, where the temples are flanked by dozens of cafes, restaurants and tour offices. A traditional night market takes place every Sunday evening along Rachadamnoen Road, with hundreds of local stalls selling everything from souvenir passport covers to deep-fried fish balls.

While Chiang Mai Old Town can be explored on foot, many local agencies rent out bicycles and scooters for getting around the area. Chiang Mai has limited car traffic, other than buses and taxis along Ratchapakinai Road. Three-wheeled auto rickshaws can be found on many street corners as well as outside the popular temples.

The preservation of Chiang Mai Old Town can partly be credited to its isolation. Until the 1920s, the only way to reach Chiang Mai from the south was a long journey by boat or on the back of an elephant.

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Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai

Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Conveniently positioned, Bodhi Serene Hotel offers easy access to Chiang Mai's main hot spots. It also boasts a rooftop terrace, plus views of the garden and the courtyard.

Top North Hotel

Top North Hotel
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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5.4
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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Chiang Mai. It is close to Tha Pae Gate, eateries and shops.

Roseate Chiang Mai

Roseate Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Good, 7.8
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Situated just a five-minute walk from Minibus Que to Doi Suthep Station, Roseate Chiang Mai offers guests a convenient base when in Chiang Mai. This hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Eurana Boutique Hotel

Eurana Boutique Hotel
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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6.9
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Conveniently located in the centre of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Chiang Mai. It also features a gym, an outdoor pool and a swimming pool.

Hotel M Chiang Mai

Hotel M Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Good, 7.8
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Chiang Mai. It is close to Tha Pae Gate, shops and nightlife options.

99 The Gallery Hotel

99 The Gallery Hotel
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Very Good, 8.2
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Within 20 minutes' stroll from Minibus Que to Doi Suthep Station, 99 The Gallery Hotel provides guests with an ideal base when in Chiang Mai. It is conveniently situated in the city centre.

Tamarind Village

Tamarind Village
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Superb, 9.1
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Conveniently situated, Tamarind Village allows for easy access to Chiang Mai's main tourist attractions. It has a spa and wellness centre, as well as babysitting/child services, a 24-hour reception and an outdoor pool.

De Naga Hotel

De Naga Hotel
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Chiang Mai. Rooms are air conditioned and a wireless internet connection is provided free of charge.

Vieng Mantra Hotel

Vieng Mantra Hotel
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Very Good, 8.0
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Set just a few steps from Tha Pae Gate, this contemporary hotel features both a bar and a restaurant. It is also steps from Chiang Mai's popular tourist spots.

BED Phrasingh

BED Phrasingh
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Chiang Mai Old Town, Chiang Mai
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Exceptional, 9.7
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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Chiang Mai. It also offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and luggage storage.

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