Exploring Chiang Mai: City, Valley and MountainsCity, Valley and Mountains
As the capital of the kingdom of Lan Na, Chiang Mai once dominated themountainous area of continental Southeast Asia between Southern Yunnan andNorthern Thailand. During its golden age in the 15th and 16th centuries, the cityplayed a major role in the development of Buddhism in Thailand. However, thekingdom was to disappear in political struggles, and Chiang Mai became abackwater of Siam until the city’s heritage and mystique as the gateway to themountainous Golden Triangle helped bring about its revival as the center of cultureand commerce in Northern Thailand. Oliver Hargreave first presents Chiang Maias a historical city of tradition that has evolved into a thriving modern city. Then hetakes the city as a starting point for journeys into the picturesque valley and thesurrounding mountains.
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