Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand, is an excellent base for exploring Northern Thailand. The ancient city surrounded by walls and a moat has plenty of attractions. A very pleasant day can be spent wandering its streets, viewing its temples, pausing for coffee in one of the numerous coffee shops and perusing second hand bookstores. A very peaceful space, which contrasts with Bangkok. Overlooking Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep, a mountain which offers fantastic views over the Chiang Mai plateau. A comprehensive guide to Chiang Mai can be found here.
The areas around Chiang Mai have a lot to offer visitors, from the 8 world class golf courses, in easy reach of the city. There are plenty of tourist attractions including elephant camps, and of course trips through the local mountains. Chiang Mai is also famous for its spas and resorts, and has plenty of choices for the ideal relaxing getaway. Chiang Mai is therefore a great destination for those looking for activities, or looking to do nothing at all!