Chiang Mai is served by an airport called Chiang Mai International Airport
The city was founded by King Mengrai in 1296 and did succeed Chiang Rai as capital of the Lannathai kingdom. After the decline of the Lannathai kingdom the city lost importance, and was often occupied by either the Burmese or the Thai from Ayutthaya. After the fall of Ayutthaya in April 1767 the city was so much depopulated due to the wars that it was deserted for the fifteen years 1776-1791. Lampang was capital of the Lannathai for that time.
There are 3 universities in Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai University, Payap University, Mae Jo University as well as numerous technical and teacher colleges.
The Chiang Mai celebration of Loi Kratong and Sonklang fesitivals are particularly noteworthy and should not be missed.
The local Thai say that one has not really visited Chiang Mai until they have done 3 things: