Chiang Mai was co-founded by three kings – Phraya Mangrai, Pho KhunRamkhamhaeng (of Sukhothai) and PhoKhunNgamMuang (of Phayao). In 1930, King Chulalongkorn Rama V developed the provincial system in Thailand,so Chiang Mai became a province in Thailand until now. Chiang Mai is the capital of Northern Thailand. Moreover, it is the cultural core of Lanna, and it is also the centre of Buddhism in Northern Thailand, so there are lots of temples in Chiang Mai;such as, Wat Phra That DoiSuthep, Phra That Sri Chom Thong and the Twin Pagodas, DoiInthanon.
Surrounded by mountains, rivers, waterfalls, jungles and other wonders, Chiang Mai has an abundance of natural attractions to keep visitors busy. For those seeking cultural experiences, Chiang Mai city is home to over 300 temples dating as far back as the 13thcentury. Within half an hour's drive in every direction, there are also museums, ancient ruins, national parks, and other unique and beautiful attractions. It is almost impossible to tire of its multitude of eclectic delights, as Chiang Mai offers something for everyone from nature lovers, culture vultures to those who just wish to lie back in a luxurious spa and be pampered.