Established more than seven centuries ago, Chiang Mai has an abundance of historic monuments and temples. City tourist authorities say there are 300 historic temples, chedis and religious structures in existence. Highlights include the hilltop Doi Suthep Temple and magnificent Chedi Luang Temple. Chiang Mai’s mountain valley location is also ideal for trips and tours to an exciting collection of nearby national parks, caving spots, waterfalls and hot springs. Guided tours are the easiest option, but those born with adventurous spirits are easily able to reach most of the destinations with a decent map and a rented car or motorcycle. The following pages give more information about the key attractions.