The city of Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand. It has a population of around one million people, which is about the same as the population of San Diego, California.
Chiang Mai was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The city was built in 1296 and was surrounded by a moat and a wall for protection from invaders. But in the late 1700s, the Kingdom of Siam (modern day Thailand) took control of Lanna. Parts of the ancient city walls can still be seen.
Each year, more than five million people visit Chiang Mai. Hikers, campers, and adventurers love Chiang Mai! Over 70% of region is covered by forest. With plenty of trees and shade, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for dozens of elephant camps.