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Affectionately known as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai draws over one million tourists a year from all over the world. It is the largest city in Northern Thailand, over 400 miles from Bangkok. Culturally, it is a world away, set in a mountainous rainforest.
As a destination for studying biology, biodiversity and Thai elepphants, it offers an extremely desirable mix of climates, including mountains, rivers, caves, rainforests and jungles. The jungle environment offers an unspoiled look at the flora and fauna of Northern Thailand.
Throughout the forest, riverside environments provide a break for tired hikers in their naturally occurring hot springs and waterfalls.
Chiang Mai is an ideal destination for our "Plight of the Thai Elephant" initiative. It offers the perfect mix of splendid natural resources and diverse climates surrounding a thriving cultural and developed metropolis. Famous for it’s relaxed pace of life, Chiang Mai offers evening street markets, family-owned Thai restaurants, coffee shops, and sacred temples in a quiet setting.
The city honors its place in a diverse ecological climate by offering visitors a chance to bathe elephants, pet tigers, watch orchids grow, climb mountains, travel the rainforest canopy, and cherish mountain views from the doorways of golden temples.
We see Chiang Mai as our home away from home and want students to experience this feeling as well. With this goal in mind, we offer numerous evening and weekend activities in and around the city. These outings give our students opportunities to interact with one another and with local Thai students in informal settings.
Visiting the temples, museums, markets, and adventure activities of the city take up some of our weekend days. We also spend a few afternoons relaxing at a hotel rooftop swimming pool downtown and a few evenings bowling, go-karting, or shopping at the local mall. A Sunday evening trip to the famous Walking Market, movie nights, and zip-lining are just some of the weekend activities that Chiang Mai has to offer.
Despite its tranquility, it is a bustling city with modern resources and facilities for technology and health care.
It is home to Chiang Mai University, the first and most prestigious private university in Northern Thailand, as well as high-quality medical care facilities and an established infrastructure.
Chiang Mai serves as the perfect base camp for our summer Thailand experiences.