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Exploring Old City

Otherwise known as Tha Phae Gate, the old city is the most historic area in Chiang Mai with streets lined with old Buddhist temples easy to explore on foot. The area is best known for its antique shops at one end of the scale and high end handicraft boutiques at the other. Among this are the well-loved second hand bookshops for travellers to swap and buy as well as bars and restaurants. On Sundays there is a street festival in the centre with market stalls and street entertainment.

The Old City is known as the backpacker hangout, so expect cheap hostels and a real laidback vibe. Guesthouses are very popular here, especially behind the screens of frangipani which have inexpensive restaurants to feed the hungry travelers.

Accommodation near Old City

As the second largest city in Thailand, second only to Bangkok, Chiang Mai also has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation. Recommended accommodation include the 99 The Gallery Hotel , Hotel M Chiang Mai and U Chiang Mai.

Sightseeing near Old City

- Wat Chedi Luang

Set in the heart of the old city since the start of the 15th century, the temple’s massive chedi was brought low by the 1545 earthquake until its restoration during the 2Oth century. It’s a magnificent testament to pure Lanna architecture and the protective Pillar of the City is held here.

- Walking Street Markets

Over the last few years, two walking street markets have taken over from the night bazaar as favourites for an evening out. The Sunday market on Rachadamnoen Road and another, smaller Saturday night market on Wualai Road offer an amazing selection of local and hill tribe crafts, jewellery, fashions, foodstuffs, shoes, bags, CDs, home décor items and more. Bargaining over the already cheap prices adds to the fun.

Transportation near Old City

Getting around by public transport involves just two options – tuk-tuks and the red, converted truck songthaews serving as the city’s buses. Both can be hired on the street, but tuk-tuks are the preferred, if more pricey option as drivers take visitors directly to their destination. To make sure you get where you need to via a songthaew, it’s useful to speak basic Thai.

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