If there is one famous area and meeting point for all backpackers and travelers visiting Chiang Mai, it is the Old Town or the Wall Area.
As its name suggests it is the oldest area of the city, what was Chiang Mai years ago, surrounded by a wall and a water moat. The area, mostly pedestrian is crossed by small alleys, many of them still inhabited by residents in typical wooden houses. Being pedestrian it is ideal to discover small corners and the daily life of its people.
The best thing is the quantity of things that we can visit and the best thing is that we can do it walking or renting a bicycle in order to enjoy knowing the best of the place with more calm and to our rhythm.
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CHIANG MAI, WHAT TO DO IN THE OLD TOWN
If your idea is to get to know this area of Chiang Mai well, you should not miss the following activities and attractions:
See incredible temples like Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang, 3 of the most important temples in Chiang Mai. For more information please follow the link below:
Relax by taking a massage in the Women’s Prison. Thanks to reintegration programs, inmates about to be released get an income by learning Thai massage. Their massages are appreciated and considered among the best in the city.
View of the Three Kings Monument Monument in memory of the kings Mengrai (founder of Chiang Mai), Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and Ngam Muang of Payao, the 3 most famous kings of the Lanna dynasty
Relax in the afternoon in Suan Bouk Park, the small park within the area. A place to rest for a while between visits. You can also relax a little in the garden area on the edge of the wall moat.
Enjoy the bustle of the famous Sunday Market Walking Street and Chiang Mai Night Bazaar (located near the wall) on Sunday night.
As you can see there are many things to see and do in the Chiang Mai wall area.
Enjoy the pleasure and walk, get lost in the alleys and enjoy every corner.
If you are a lover of photography, you will enjoy to the fullest walking around the area. Get lost in the alleys and you will find incredible corners to photograph.
The ancient wall area is the most recommended area to stay in Chiang Mai because it is the most economical.