Welcome to chiangmai.net, your guide to Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand!
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Chiang Mai Dot Net is being built into the primary information resource for expats and visitors to Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand. Unlike traditional "business listing" sites we will employ modern web and information technologies to mash up information sources in new and interesting ways.
Chiang Mai Overview
Chiang Mai is Thailand's second city, but in terms of quality of living, tourist attractions and development potential, it's second to none in Southeast-Asia.
The city is famous for her friendly people, beautiful women, refined handicrafts, cool climate and stunning mountain scenery.
More than three-hundred temples, among them some of the most beautiful and revered in the entire Buddhist world, give the city an atmosphere of calmness and timeless elegance.
Chiang Mai has a distinct international atmosphere with many foreign businesses and organizations (NGOs) locating in the city over the past decade due to her excellent infrastructure with international direct flight connections to all countries in the region including China, Singapore, Malaysia, Burma, Cambodia and Taiwan.
The quality of living is unsurpassed. Accommodation and food are of the highest standard at very low cost. Entertainment is plentiful with numerous festivals, outdoor activities and great nightlife.
Genuine adventure is to be found in the immediate vicinity of Chiang Mai with jungle tours, rafting, elephant riding and hill tribe villages to visit.
Shopping is great, be it for handicrafts, clothes or luxury items. Everything can be found at great prices in stores ranging from small family-run shops to world-class luxury outlets and shopping malls.
In a 2002 survey by Asiaweek magazine Chiang Mai was ranked as the 9th most livable city in Asia east of Kabul. Everyone visiting or living here would attest that it's in fact number one
We hope that this web site will help you plan your visit to this amazing city and to Northern Thailand! We are convinced that you will stay in Chiang Mai longer than you initially planned!
Perhaps the most high-profile accolade for Chiang Mai is being rated as the second best city in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine, after the Thai capital Bangkok. The Daily Yomiuri picks up on this in November 2010 and makes a hotel recommendation for the Veranda Chiang Mai - The High Resort
A June 2010 issue of kiplinger.com has sees Chiang Mai as one of the 8 "secret" retirement destinations in the world:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
• Population: 1.6 million in the province; 250,000 in the city.
• Climate: Tropical; from March to May, temperatures reach 100 degrees; average high for the year is 89 degrees and the average low is 68 degrees; dry season typically runs from mid November to early May.
• Proximity to water: The Ping River runs through the city, but otherwise it's landlocked.
• Proximity to major airport: Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is less than ten minutes from the city center.
Far from the civil unrest in Bangkok, this city in northern Thailand offers cooler temperatures and a calmer environment. Renowned as a medical-tourism destination, it is home to an ample supply of private hospitals, state-run clinics and full-service pharmacies that provide high-quality health care at bargain prices.
As an outsider, you cannot own land in Thailand without a local partner -- but you can buy a condo or an apartment.
And another article expounding the benefits of Chiang Mai for retirement, making an important point: Chiang Mai is safe but not boring, offering new experiences every day in a safe environment largely free of crime. Quote:
The World’s Top Retirement Havens For 2011
4.Thailand—specifically Chiang Mai This exotic and adventure-filled country can be, in parts, extraordinarily affordable and even peaceful.
Chiang Mai Creative City
Recently Chiang Mai has shifted its future focus to becoming a "Creative City", as local services, tourism, agriculture and traditional handicrafts not be able to offer sufficient employee demand for a growing and increasingly university-educated population.
One of the Best Destinations
Chiang Mai is the only destination in Thailand to have made it onto TripAdvisor's list of the "25 Best Destinations in the World", at place, well, 24.