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Chiangmai: the culture and history of Bangkok, on a more manageable scale.

The Rose of the North

Textile worker in Chiangmai

Chiangmai (also spelled Chiang-Mai) is full of temples and architectural masterpieces. Equally fascinating, however, is the opportunity to see artisans at work on batik, woodcarving, pottery, and gemstones.


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This page describes one of the five regions visited on Honah Lee, an active vacation in Thailand for gay men, lesbians, and friends. Links at the bottom of this page will take you to more information about the trip.

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Chiangmai, Thailand's second largest city, is famous for its shopping and its nightlife, which converge for the wild Night Bazaar. It's quite a spectacle. We stop at several shops to watch local artisans create beautiful silk weavings, basketry, silverwork, pottery, and traditional handicrafts. Bargain-hunters arrive from all over the world for great deals on everything from antiques to amulets.

A bustling metropolis, Chiangmai still preserves the natural splendor of its homeland just beyond the city skyline. The brilliant menagerie of flora and fauna include more than 1,000 varieties of orchids, the people's favorite flower. This amazing city is also near a number of orchid and butterfly farms, waterfalls, forests and hidden cave sanctuaries.

Chiangmai was founded in 1292, on a site that had been inhabited since prehistoric times. Today, the city is home to more than 300 temples, truly one of the world's architectural and historical marvels. A winding mountain road leads to the Buddhist monastery of Doi Suthep, perched high above the city, with awe-inspiring gardens and ancient religious relics preserved for public view. Like Bangkok, the nightlife in Chiangmai is flamboyant and diverse, with a thriving gay population. Popular spots include Adam's Apple (with its famous go-go boys), Circle Club, The House of Male and Sparoma saunas, and the Macho bar.

From Chiangmai, we head south for an entirely different experience in the Khao Sok Rainforest.

Other stops on this tour of Thailand:

Bangkok | Hill Tribes | Rainforest | Phuket

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