Chiang Mai, meaning "new city" in Thai, is sometimes written as "Chiengmai" or "Chiangmai", is Thailand's largest and most culturally significant city, and the capital of Chiang Mai Province. Located 700 km north of Bangkok, Chaing Mai borders the highest mountains in the Thailand. The city is along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River lending historical importance as a major trading route. Chiang Mai is considered a modern city and attracts over 5 million visitors annually, many of which are Thai. Certainly visiting Chiang Mai for the Loi Krathong festival is well worth while to participate in the making and floating of banana-leaf containers (krathong) decorated with flowers and candles on the waterways of the city, worshiping the Goddess of Water. Chiang Mai has also become famous for Songkran festival in April and the annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February.
Businesses in Chiang Mai