Spanning approximately two and a half square kilometres or one square mile, the collection of winding streets that comprise Chiang Mai's Old City is surrounded by the ruins of the original cities defences and a wide water filled moat.
The Old City is generally discovered on foot, as its small size easily allows this, once in traffic the one-way street system can be somewhat confusing to the average tourist, nevertheless the system keeps traffic moving forward fairly successfully around the moat. The moated "one square mile" belonging to the Old City incorporates thirty eight of Chiang Mai's temples or Wats, which include the oldest and the most historical, which means that there is certainly ample here to keep even the most devoted scholar of Buddhist architecture and customs engaged. The supposed Lanna type of architecture, has been implemented by the proprietors of the growing quantity of "boutique" hotels appearing through the Old City, where multi-storey structures are forbidden.
Begin pretty much any excursion of the Old City from the Thapae Gate, which leads via the historic city defences inside the oldest portion of Chiang Mai. Venturing west on to Ratchadamnoen Road and then head north on to Ratchaphakhinai Road delivers you to your very first experience, Wat Chiang Man, the first Wat built in Chiang Mai. Then if you backtrack straight down Ratchaphakhinai Road and continue west on Ratchadamnoen Road, you will discover Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh.Read more +