Looking for a lush place to retreat and recharge your batteries? Chiang Mai is a great destination to visit. This city in mountainous northern Thailand was founded in 1296 and is the former seat of power of the independent Lanna kingdom up until 1558. Today, traces of its vibrant past can still be seen in the city. It is home to hundreds of elaborate Buddhist temples, including the iconic Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is among northern Thailand’s most sacred temples.