Chiang Mai, a city marked by a 700-year-old moat and numerous historical temples, offers a glimpse into Thailand’s past. These temples, built by kings to showcase their devotion, wealth, and power, served as centers of faith, schools, and hospitals. Today, they remain vital to Thai life, connecting people to their ancestors’ traditions. Visitors can explore famous temples respected by locals and Thai people alike, but must be mindful of their sacred nature, wearing modest clothing and maintaining quietness. Most temples in Chiang Mai are free or request a donation.