Venue: The Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is the former seat of the Lanna Kingdom, Founded in 1296 CE. Currently, it is the hub of Northern Thailand and the Capital City of the Province of this name. With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand’s fifth-largest city.
Chiang Mai’s historical centre is the walled city (city is chiang in the northern Thai dialect while mai is new, hence Chiang Mai or New City.) Sections of the wall dating to their restoration a few decades ago remain at the gates and corners, but of the rest only the moat remains. Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree. The most famous is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside 13 km away.
Weather: February-March in Chiang Mai
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Travel Arrangements: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is served with plenty of international and domestic flights. It is also possible to travel by buses from Bangkok and other cities in the region.
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