Lanna, as the political entity that the region of Chiang Mai is formerly known, was an independent Kingdom until the late 1700s. Well, specifically Chiang Mai was Lanna’s capital.
If you dig a little deeper into history, you will know that Lanna was known as the land of a million ricefields. A million? Yep, that’s what they claim. But you see, this is where linguistics come into play. So we’ve got to be careful with translations. They are sometimes lost… Realistically anyway, how do you count rice fields? Perhaps by the plots? Anyway we digressed again.
Come here to see rice fields you ask? Not really, though that could be one of the activities. Did you also know that the notorious golden triangle of drug production and trafficking is said to be nearby? Won’t this make your heart flutter a little? Sounds dangerous doesn’t it?
And adventure we had both within the city and outside of it. Not only did we veered close to the supposed land of drug kingpins, we mingled with hilltribes too! Phew not head hunting ones, but ones with long neck.
Read more here about our adventures in Chiang Mai itself.
There is so much to do. Better yet, find out more about what you can see outside of the city. Will this egg you to make a journey to northern Thailand?
So ends our Thai series at this time. We do plan to go to our Hua Hin timeshare later this year, so look out for it!