CHIANG MAI - NEIGHBORHOODS
The Mountainside area sits on the edge of the city of Chiang Mai where the Doi Inthanon National Park is located, the highest mountain in Thailand. The area is filled with spectacular flora, fauna, wildlife and magnificent waterfalls. It is a great area close to the national parks with luxury resorts surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The city center is just a 30-minute ride away. This is a great place to get away from everything and enjoy the stunning mountains and simply enjoy nature. The surrounding Mae Rim valley features hill tribe villages, butterfly farms and golf courses.
Night Bazaar is the main area in Chiang Mai popular for shopping and nightlife, located between the Old City and the Ping River in the east, it spans over two blocks in both directions. A lively area with plenty of action especially after the sun has set, vendors set up stalls all along the streets selling street food and souvenirs. Luxury five-star hotels and budget guesthouses can be found in the area, this is the busiest commercial area of Chiang Mai. A great place to stay if you are looking to explore the surrounding sightseeing areas based on its central location. Restaurants, bars, internet cafes and department stores can all be found in this area.
The chic neighborhood of Nimmanhaemin Road is one of the hotspots in Chiang Mai, accessible from the Superhighway and close to the University, this go-to spot features trendy restaurants, wine bars, art galleries and upscale venues. The main road is Nimmanhaemin road which stretches for about a mile, it runs south from Maya Shopping Mall on Huay Kaew Road and out towards the airport with the Doi Suthep Mountains in the west. Real estate prices are the highest here than anywhere else in the city with new condominium being built. The vibrant area is especially popular with the younger crowd with the University located here. Many exclusive shops and boutiques are situated here and the area has a great vibe and atmosphere.
The Old City is situated within the remains of the old crumbling walls of the city which was once a fortress and surrounded by a moat with the famous landmark Tha Pae Gate. The tourist capital of Chiang Mai possesses more hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, hostels and massage parlors than anywhere else in the city and the most historic area boasting over 30 Buddhist temples. Within close walking proximity to Night Bazaar and the Riverside area. This is where most of the festivals including Loy Krathong, Songkran, and the Flower Festival are held in the public square with weekly live music held every Saturday night with the famous night markets.
The Riverside area runs along the two major rivers in Chiang Mai located just a short distance to the city center, east of the Old City. The area displays an old world charm away from the hustle and bustle of the city and runs down both sides of the Ping River. Riverside restaurants, bars, and live music venues are situated here and the area boasts an element of luxury. Local fishing, street food vendors, and the Warorot day market are close by and across the bridge over the Ping River galleries and boutiques can be found.