Thailand’s “Rose of the North” contains both cultural and natural diversity, a multitude of attractions,
and welcoming hospitality. Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and
has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996.
King Meng Rai the Great, a very religious leader who founded many of
the city’s temples, created the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom
around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom.
Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna
Kingdom, but also the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand.