Chiang Mai is known to be the countries north capital and the real escape from the hustling and bustling south. Chiang Mai is one of the most culturally significant cities in Thailand, and it still retains its old town built between 12 and 17th century. Due to its mountain location, Chiang Mai is surrounded by beautiful national parks and jungles with caves and waterfalls. Hiking, climbing, kayaking and white water rafting, sightseeing tours, cooking classes and cultural exchange programs are all a part of many things you can do in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the only place in Thailand where you can interact with elephants cruelty-free, as there are numerous elephant rescue centres and volunteer parks located here. People like Sangduen “Lek” Chailert do their utmost every day to save elephants and raise awareness around the world about elephant abuse in Thailand and all over the world. If you are an animal lover and would like to spend time with elephants Chiang Mai is the best place for you to do so.