You might not think of a large city as the most peaceful place to spend a holiday - but that's exactly what one traveller did recently when he visited Thailand.
Nigel Richardson of the Telegraph headed to Chiang Mai - the largest city in the north of the country - in search of a harmonious experience offering "an instantly moreish idea of Thailand".
He describes Chiang Mai as "a laidback city of ancient temples and orderly traffic" and talks about how he was soothed by numerous massages and talked to a Buddhist monk at the Wat Suan Dork temple about life and self-improvement.
If you're looking to do something a bit more exciting on your Thailand holiday, Chiang Mai and the surrounding area is also "ideal" for the adventure traveller, according to the Tourism Thailand organisation.
It offers terrain suitable for activities such as trekking on elephant-back, four-wheel drive safaris and river rafting, it says.
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