Singing while surrounded by cultural heritage and breath-taking scenery
INTERKULTUR brings the international choral community to the "Land of Smiles"
Grand temples, adventurous mountain hikes, gorgeous beaches and an impressive metropolis – Thailand belongs to the most popular travel destinations in Asia. Especially the north of the country offers everything ranging from cultural history up to hiking trips. Therefore INTERKULTUR invites choirs from all parts of the world to discover this beautiful venue with their own eyes and to make it resound during the 1st Lanna International Choir Competition & Festival.
Special features of Chiang Mai
The characteristic landscape of the north is marked by mountain ranges exceeding 2500 meters, green valleys and Buddhist temples as far as you can see. The city of Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the capital of the former kingdom Lanna (1296-1558). It represents the biggest regional city and was nicknamed "Rose of the North". Its cultural heritage is being cultivated by the city of Chiang Mai until today and thus attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Located in the idyllic valley of the Ping River, Chiang Mai stands out due to its unique landscape and cultural monuments. Numerous Buddhist temples, in Thai called wat, were erected during the city's high point between the 13th and 16th century. They represent the Lanna style until today: extremely elaborate woodcarvings, gold leaf elements, bronze elephant statues and Buddha images.
Apart from the architectural characteristics Chiang Mai offers its visitors a wide range of culinary specialties. A multitude of local spices and spice blends, such as e.g. the Thai chili paste "Thai Prik", and the use of fresh vegetables make the Thai cuisine a culinary delight. The curry noodle soup "Khao Soi" therefore belongs to the traditional dishes in Chiang Mai and the north of Thailand.
The bright green and the biodiversity are being are especially favored by warm, humid temperatures. The rainy season lasts from May to September and features pleasant temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius and a high humidity up to 70%. Hence the best time for travelling to Chiang Mai is between October and February.
Be it a trip to the capital Bangkok or an excursion through the stunning landscape of Thailand – in combination with your participation in the 1st Lanna International Choir Competition & Festival this visit of the "Land of Smiles" is definitely worthwhile.