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Why Go?

Thailand's second-largest city has more history and culture than Bangkok—and just a fraction of the traffic

A shopper's Shangri-la, with everything from hill-tribe antiquities to modern home design, at bargain prices

Charming celebrations like Loy Krathong, which illuminates the Ping River with thousands of floating candles

What To Skip

Day trips to the depressed, exploited hill-tribe villages closest to town

What For:

Active + Adventure, Arts + Culture, Budget, Design + Architecture, Food + Wine, Luxury, Outdoors + Nature, Shopping

When To Go:

January, February, November, December


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