Chiang Mai is the main hub in the north for tourists for a reason. It's full of great food, lovely temples, and many nearby excursions. Don't miss it!
I absolutely love Chiang Mai. The city is the perfect mix of Thai culture and foreign influence with plenty of attractions, natural beauty, Buddhist spirituality, food from nearly everywhere, trendy coffee shops and cheap prices.
Cool City with a part of the city in the old city walls, with the newer city build around the outside of the moat. Lots of sites, easily navigable by foot , tuk-tuk, or motorbike.
Chiangmai is a wonderful city in the mountains of northern Thailand. They have a fun nightlife and plenty of other backpackers to hang with. There are also plenty of wildlife and elephant sanctuaries to check out in the area.