Most of northern Thailand used to be part of the Lanna Kingdom, even before the existence of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai.
The Chiang Mai Lanna Kingdom dates back to almost 700 years ago, making this one of the most prominent historic locations in Thailand. King Meng Rai made Chiang Mai the central city of his kingdom in 1296.
Being a successful ruler, King Meng Rai made Chiang Mai a popular city, both in trade and entertainment within the next few years. Chiang Mai was also an important religious city in Thailand and people of Wang, Ping and the other rivers also emerged as one and became part of this Kingdom.
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There are many religiously prominent sites in Chiang Mai, namely, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and more. The Chiang Mai night safari is a must try for the visitors as it takes you around the animal safari park that houses exotic animals of the world and Thailand.
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