Outside of the moat you will find the best part of modern Chiang Mai. Large shopping malls are dotted around the city and restaurants here are plentiful. Some of the best bars and nightlife can be found around Nimmanhemin Road in the northwest of the city.
The Night Bazaar is located between the moat and the Mae Ping River in the east of the city. Although this area has developed almost solely to squeeze money out of the pockets of tourists, local handicrafts of varying prices can be sourced here and the restaurants and street food are excellent.
Outside Chiang Mai
Various areas of outstanding natural beauty sit just outside of the main city. By far the most impressive temple here, Doi Suthep, is located just 15km from town. It overlooks the city from its majestic mountainside vantage point and is a must-see attraction here. There are also waterfalls, national parks, hot springs, elephant camps and botanical gardens.
Rural Chiang Mai
Many hillside villages can be visited on trekking tours from Chiang Mai. Doi Inthanon, the site of two chedis dedicated to the king and queen, is just one of the locations you can visit. Mae Sa Valley, a 30-minute drive from the city, has a host of orchid farms, adventure activities and beauty spots.