Lonely Planet Local Alana Morgan first moved to the northern Thai town of Chiang Mai thinking she would stay six to eight months. Seven years later and she’s still living and working in the city and writing all about it.

The exterior of Wat Srisuphan's intricate silver shrine © Alana Morgan / Lonely Planet

Must-see temples include… the ‘silver temple’, Wat Srisuphan, off Th Wualai and the wooden Wat Phan Tao in the centre of the old city. Chiang Mai’s better-known temples, such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, are still well worth a visit, but get more crowded every year. Just keep in mind there are so many others to explore!

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