With a name that literally translates into “new city”, Chiang Mai has a storied history of King’s, turmoil and transformation as it evolved into the sprawling metropolis it is now. Join us as we explore some of the finer details of this irresistible city.

The year 1296:

Back when any form of Chiang Mai residences entailed the most basic of accommodations, this rudimentary city was christened “Chiang Mai” by King Mengrai and was developed into one of the most important cities in Northern Thailand.

lopsura, King Mengrai Statue at night – panoramioCC BY 3.0

The year 1558:

Following the death of King Mengrai, battles rage across this region to select the succession of rule over the area. The Burmese were victorious and occupied the region for over two centuries and abandoned the city of Chiang Mai.

The year 1775:

In 1775, the city of Chiang Mai was reacquired by the Thai people under the leadership of an individual by the name of Phaya Taksin. His delegation was then made the overseers of this city, under whom the city flourished to become an important trade hub in the region.

The year 2001:

Rushing through several centuries, we saw the installation of democratic systems of government that saw a reprioritization of growth and infrastructure development. One area of development, in particular, was the construction of a variety of accommodation types, such as the Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites, that saw the city develop into a location that could viably handle an influx of tourism.