Exploring Chiang Mai: City, Valley and MountainsCity, Valley and Mountains

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Airphoto International/Odyssey, Jul 25, 2009 - Travel - 224 pages
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.

  • Conveys all the charm of Thailand’s northern capital
  • Written by a veteran expat
  • Acclaimed and easy-to-use text whether read at leisure or while on the road
  • Sidebars cover many aspects of history and culture
  • Lavishly illustrated

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About the author (2009)

Oliver Hargreave graduated with a BSc from the London School of Economics, majoring in International Relations. After some years of travel during which he taught in Japan and Thailand, he acquired an MA in Teaching English before working in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Thailand and settled in Chiang Mai in 1990, retiring from teaching professionally to take up photography and writing in 1995. His books include Exploring Chiang Mai: City, Valley & Mountains and Exploring Phuket & Phi Phi: From Tin to Tourism, both published by Odyssey Books & Guides.

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