At the heart of Chiang Mai sits the Old City. Historically, this one-mile-square area previously featured walls and moats. Today, you can still see the remains of the wall, along with picturesque waterways. In the Old City, you can visit numerous ancient sites such as Wat Phan Tao, a beautiful teakwood temple dating back to the 14th-century. Many excellent museums detailing the history of the Lanna Kingdom are also located here. To the east of the Old City you’ll find some of the city’s best markets. Here you can sample tasty street food, haggle for souvenirs, stock up on fresh fruit or browse the tropical flowers. To the north of the Old City are many museums as well as the Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium. The hills to the west are a National Park where you can explore waterfalls, visit a royal residence or explore the city’s most ornate and sacred temple. Staying in a luxury hotel in the city centre of Chiang Mai gives you easy access to many of the city’s attractions along with restaurants, shops and bars. But for a truly relaxing stay, head to a secluded resort on the city’s outskirts. The beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai has many luxury hotels specialising in revitalising stays.