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Chiang Mai is the capital of the Thai province of Chiang Mai, the largest city in Northern Thailand and the second largest city in Thailand. The place is located about 700 km north of Bangkok between the highest mountains in the country. The Ping River flows through the city and is a tributary of the Menam.
The city has been modernized at a rapid pace in recent years, but it is not as cosmopolitan as Bangkok. There are many reasons why thousands of tourists flock to the city every year, including its important strategic location in the past in connection with the Silk Road. Later on, the city has mainly become an important center for handicrafts, umbrellas, jewelry (mainly silver) and woodcarving.
With over 40.2 km², the city makes up just over a quarter of the Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai district (over 152 km²). The population in this area is 127,240 (2019). In practice, the city extends into some neighboring districts, namely after Mae Rim in the north, Hang Dong in the south, San Kamphaeng in the east and Suthep in the west. The population of the thus formed urban agglomeration (new over 2,303 km²) then amounts to 1,197,931, 66 percent of the province of Chiang Mai (1.8 million).
The entire area has a combined population of 1,197,931, making Chiang Mai Thailand's second largest city after Bangkok (10.7 million people) and twice the size of the third largest city Nakhon Ratchasima (estimated: 500,000 people).Due to the outdated counting method of registered residents, the true size of Chiang Mai is often misinterpreted and misrepresented, inadvertently diminishing the city's importance in Thailand.