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Chiang Mai, sometimes written as "Chiengmai" or "Chiangmai", is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (12961768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, among the foothills of the Himalayas which are the highest mountains in the country. The city is along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.

In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists. Located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m, surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, it is much greener and quieter than the capital, and has a cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population, factors which have led many from Bangkok to settle permanently in this "Rose of the North". - (Wikipedia & Wikitravel)

This shot was taken at midnight from my hotel room...... The view is that of the old city....... It was well past midnight however, I could hear the old english songs from the live bands which perform at the pubs lined beside the Ping river........ A laid back, happy and merry atmosphere........ A city I have been recommending to everyone as a compulsory part of their Thailand travel itinerary..........

I was not carrying my tripod and took this shot by keeping the camera on the balcony railing.......Hope you like the shot......... Advice/comments/critique/feedback requested

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