Chiang Mai Best City

But why The Rose of the North have been again voted: Chiang Mai Best City

Chiang Mai a city situated in northern Thailand has been nominated by Travel And Leisure magazine as one of the world’s best cities to visit for 2013. Chiang Mai has been awarded and is among the top 10 best travel cities in the world as revealed by the Travel And Leisure magazine.

Bangkok retained the top spot in Travel and Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Travel Awards readers’ survey. Other cities making the list include Istanbul, Florence, Cape Town, Kyoto (Japan), Rome, Barcelona, Paris and Chiang Mai at the 10th position. There are also a few surprise inclusions in this list including Charleston in South Carolina, which depicts that a list of the world’s great destinations will always be subjective.

The Leisure and travel magazine listed numerous reasons why Chiang Mai made it to the top 10 position, and also produced some eye-catching images of the city. The magazine praised Chiang Mai for being suitably modern but at the same

Chiang mai best city

Chiang mai best city, Old City Chiang Mai—mith17 (Flickr.com)

time laid back or traditional. They claimed it is the only place in the world where you can go to a coffee shop but still find Thai traditional food or spend the night clubbing and still hang out with monks. Another reason this city scooped this position is due to its unique culture, and unique customs. The magazine also expressed that the city is currently undergoing giant developments. Other reasons expressed by the Leisure magazine include.

• There is a unique art and live music scene you will not find in any other a provincial city.
• The city has numerous magnificent gold trimmed temples which are all still active within the old city walls.
• The city is relatively affordable with the rent for a three-bedroom house with a garden being less than 400 Euros a month.
• Their delicacies are amazing – you will hardly have a bad meal in Chiang Mai.
• The friendly locals who have not tired of tourists and are very welcoming.

True to the above Leisure and Travel magazine assessment, Chiang Mai is a wonderful place to visit for a host of reasons: The old city is a magnificent area to wander around and explore the ancient temples and hidden sois. You can enjoy some of Thai’s delicacies from a roadside restaurant. As you further explore the city, you will soon find out that Chiang Mai is a modern city, which has not abandoned its traditional culture and customs. From the trendy shopping centers and cafe culture of Nimmanhaemin to ancient temples of the old town district, Chiang Mai is a city where modern and ancient seamlessly co-exist.