"Sawatdi Jao" is what you will hear when coming to Chiangmai, the old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom. Dating back more than 700 years, Chiangmai, the second largest metropolitan, next to Bangkok was originally named "Nopburi Srinakornping Chiangmai" meaning the new city. Chiangmai is a city of distinct beauty that has its own cultural heritage. Known also as the "ROSE OF THE NORTH" Its alone draw much tourist attention. Along with its numerous ancient temples and building, Chiang Mai is also famous for its handicrafts. Nature has made it stand out, thanks to the majestic mountains and valleys and its beautiful scenery: hills, mountain streams, lakes, field, waterfalls, caves, hill tribe villages, orchid, butterfly farms and elephant camps. Chiangmai also offers a good base to visit Chiangrai, which like Chiangmai derives its beauty from its majestic mountains and hill tribe culture.