An hour from Bangkok by plane, the capital of the north of Thailand, is a perfect stopping-off and relaxation point. Served by several international airlines it counts as one of the major urban centers of the kingdom, but it has kept all the charm of a country town. It’s easy to be seduced by this subtle mix of tropical languor, Buddhist serenity and Asian dynamism.

The centre and its little streets full of bars and restaurants, the countless street markets and food stalls, the local Thai traditional massage skills make Chiang Mai a privileged holiday destination. The hundreds of temples, the old walls of the city and its moat, the monks wandering around the city to get morning offerings give the city some spirituality and a rare traditional atmosphere.

Before or after the race, for a single night or for several, to take a break or to enjoy its atmosphere, to assist to the festival of lights or to rest, Chiang Mai is the ideal spot to treat oneself to a little relaxation.