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TESOL Courses in Chiang Mai | Thailand
Our TESOL facility in northern thailand is located in Chiang Mai, the former capital of the Lan Na Kingdom and accepted capital of North thailand. Chiang Mai is one of Thailand’s oldest cities, dating back to the 13th century and prides itself on its very individual, independent cultural traditions. It is set upon a beautiful backdrop of mountains, forests, valleys and waterfalls, all stemming from the foothills of the Himalayas. If you are looking for a different experience from your tesol course in Thailand, then Chiang Mai is the location for you.
Covering an area of 200,000 square meters, 300 meters above sea level, Chiang Mai is considered an essential part of any trip to Thailand. It can boast over 300 temples, 121 of which are in the municipal limits. This amount is up there with the amount in Bangkok, with is located over 700km southeast of Chiang Mai. The sheer number and beauty of the temples make the old city centre is a beautiful and fascinating place to visit. Hugely popular with Thai people, the northern capital gives a glimpse into the past. The quaint, moated and walled city is surrounded by mountains, which add to its fascinating, mysterious atmosphere. This is increasingly being combined with a modern, exciting edge, as Chiang Mai continues to develop and grow.
Known for its rich culture, tranquility, local arts and crafts, fine cuisine and vast array of national treasures, Chang Mai is a city seeped in a glorious past. The acknowledgment to the past is not done at the expense of the future though, as it continues to develop and change. The new developments of chic, Thai style hotels and shopping and leisure complexes, such as the Nimmanhaemin area, are evidence of the city’s growth. The combinations of the old and the new, the rich traditions and the exciting growth, work perfectly to banish the old opinions of Chiang Mai being a mere stop off point before heading to the hills.
Lan Na, Thai, Mon, Sri Lankan and Burmese influences are reflected in Chiang Mai’s varied architecture. The recent period of regeneration in the city has not been at the expense of the cities unique cultural identity. The great history of Chiang Mai is visible in the 300+ temples, which date back as far as 500 years, beyond the great Lan Na age. Manny of these temples are beautifully decorated with ornate woodcarvings. Highlights include the elevated Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, standing 1300 meters above the city. There is also Wat Pra Singh, which dates back to between 1385-1400 and is probably the city’s most famous temple, and Wat Chiang Mun, the cities oldest temple which is said to date back to 1292, the founding year of the city.
The altitude of Chiang Mai helps provide a cool, dry climate. Chiang Mai is tropical and monsoons are expected from May (23 -32 ºC / 73 – 90 ºF) to November (19-30ºC / 66-80. ºF). During this period you can often expect a couple of hour’s rain in the afternoon. From December to April the cooler air from china brings the dry season.