Chiang Mai

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In the northern part of Thailand is the city of Banyangmay, the capital of a single province. It is 700 kilometers away from Bangkok. The urban area is along the banks of the Ping River in the midst of the highlands. Ninety kilometers from Hangmay is the highest mountain peak in the country, the Doyinthonan. The citys surroundings include part of the Dájínhótős-Dájípuyé Reserve Park.

The history of Chángmány began in 1292. It was founded by Prince Menengmai, who later became a king. In translation, the name of the city means “New Fortress. After the victory of Maengryi over the kingdom of Kharipyungyay, the capital of the Kingdom of Lannanhua was transferred to Yangnai. The city was soon surrounded by a great wall to protect it and its inhabitants from the attacks of Birminghams rulers. The Burmese owned it for the rest of 1774, although over time it reverted to its former rulers. In 1774 the city became part of Siam. In the aftermath, the town developed successfully and achieved a significant influence in the country.

Chiang Mai is notable for its 300 Buddhist temples. One of them, Wat Pirita Dhoy Southep, is located in the northwestern direction of the city. It was built in 1383 on the high ground of Doysouthup. Before it was erected, an elephant was raised on the back of which the caliphs were placed. He went around in circles and loudly trumpeted. This was a good indication for the establishment of a cultic structure.

The Temple of Wat Phra Singh rises within the city wall. It was founded in 1345. The room contains a valuable sculpture of the Põhra Singh Buddha. In 1401, the temple of Wat Chédé Lóng was built. It is joined by a chédé (stupa) that was damaged in the 16th century by an earthquake. Every November, at the midsummer moon ” during which thousands of people launch ships into the water to pay homage to the God of Water. A flower festival is held in February. The festivities include beauty contests and dances.

100 USD = 3,568.01 THB

Overall Score

  • Air quality: 58 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 400,000 people
  • Population density: euro euro not busy: 17x17m 289m per person
  • GDP: $5,911 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 18 Mbps
  • Best wireless: AIS
  • Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
  • Tipping: Tipping is NOT customary in Thailand, there is absolutely NO mandatory requirement to tip anyone, but small gratuities for great service are very much appreciated.
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  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coffee 24/7: CAMP at Maya Mall
  • Best coffee: Coffee Monster
  • Best taxi: Grab
  • Best coworking space: Punspace
  • Online electronics shop: Lazada
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Air Asia
  • Best intl air carrier: Air Asia
  • Monthly costs for expat: $750
  • Monthly costs for family: $1700
  • Monthly costs for local: $500
  • Meal: $1.9
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1.9
  • Coffee: $2.5

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