Location, Climate: Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand that is situated on Ping River and consists of four wards namely Kawila, Nakhom Ping, Mengrai and Srivijaya. The climate in Chiang Mai is categorized into tropical wet and dry meaning that the city experiences warm weather all throughout the year with few rainfalls. The hottest months are from March to June. Brief History: Chiang Mai was discovered by King Mengrai in 1296 and the city's name means “new city” because it became the new capital of Lanna Kingdom after Chiang Rai. After the Burmese wars, Chiang Mai was taken over by Siam and was reigned by Thai King Taksin in 1774. It soon became a hub for trade, culture and economy in northern Thailand. Events, Landmarks, Activities: This city hosts numerous festivals each year, but the most popular is the Loi Krathong, which is usually held every November and features candles and flowers placed on a floating banana leaf drifting on waterways and colorful paper sky lanterns. Chiang Mai is considered a perfect place to start your spiritual journey because there are more than 300 Buddhist temples here including the world-famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep where one can find the White Elephant shrine, the Wat Chiang Man which features the Elephant Stupa, and the Wat Phra Singh which boasts of the Wihan Lai Kham. Transportation: Since most of the attractions are at the old city, it is best to explore them by foot. You can also rent a bike or scooter. If you prefer to ride comfortably, the cheapest way is by songthaew or tuk-tuk.