Chiang Mai, the main city in northern Thailand, 700 km from Bangkok, boasts the charm of provincial cities and a quality of life appreciated by foreigners. The destination is known for its temples, its large university and the proximity of Hmong mountain villages, including Ban Doi Pui or Bor Sang, which have preserved their traditional wooden houses, customs and magnificent costumes. The temples of Chiang Mai alone are worth a stay in the north, including Wat Phra Singh, temple of Phra Singh (Buddha lion), home to a highly revered statue, the precious Wat Ketkaram, Wat Ket for intimates (15th century), near a beautiful pagoda, a Chinese market and a history museum, Wat Sisuphan (silver temple), grey in colour, where you can follow meditation sessions and admire the wall paintings on the theme of Asian religions. On Sundays in the late afternoon and evening we walk along the famous Ratchadanoen Street to enjoy street food and enjoy the Thai pedestrian market that aligns the craft stands. You can also go to the spring, to the craftsmen's village of Ban Tawai, 15 km from Chiang Mai. Closer, 5 km from the city, we discover the archaeological site of Wiang Kum Kam, in a green area. In addition, you will have to climb the 109 steps holding the dragon-shaped ramp of the temple of Doi Suthep, the sacred mountain, dear to Buddhists and now a popular tourist site. Finally, you should know that the city's zoo is home to a couple of pandas. To make sure you don't miss out, check out your favourite tourist guide.