Chiang Mai
Founded in 1296 by King Mengrai, Chiang Mai has a long and distinguished history and takes pride in being the cultural capital of Thailand. As the ancient capital of the Lan Na Kingdom, Chiang Mai served as a meeting point for Chinese merchants from the north and other merchants coming from rival kingdoms to the south. The mix of cultures is still evident today on Wua Lai Street, which is the old Chinese silversmith hub. Chiang Mai has also been occupied by Burmese armies, which is reflected in the different architectural styles of the city’s temples.