Carving its niche within the foothills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a historical city which evokes spirituality with its multitude of temples. These temples in themselves are study into art with their mirrored mosaics, tinkling bells and gabled rooftops. Although they serve as the haven of religion, their own architecture with a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree is symbolic of cosmopolitanism which would have marked the city in former days. The sublimity of the mountains and lush countryside, green and quiet offer a contrasting backdrop against the hustle and bustle of the capital which consists of cosmopolitan air and a significant expat population. Called as the “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai today can be considered as one of the Southeast Asia’s most liveable cities with its spas, health resorts, and wellness centres. Strewn with discos, karaoke bars, and live music everywhere, the tourists hankering for entertainment can find a lively resort. The lovers of exotic food should head towards sushi bars around the university, Burmese curries, Thai street food and vegetarian health food. Accommodation in Chiang Mai is generally affordable by international standards. All types of lodging are available from inexpensive guesthouses to the typical high rise hotels as well as the elaborate garden resorts. The latest boom is Thai-style boutique hotels in the old city centre. Rachamankha, Four Seasons, Dhara Dhevi, Shangrila, 137 Pillars House, Veranda Chiang Mai are some of the luxurious hotels in the town.