Chiang Mai was once again crowded with tourists during the New Year long holiday. University student Sai, 22, said she only saw the heads of people when she visited Phra That Doi Suthep to pay respects to the relics of Lord Buddha stored at the famed Chiang Saen-style golden pagoda.
Traffic was also heavy in many famous destinations of the province. A visitor from Bangkok with three family members spent about two hours driving the 40km-from the foot of Doi Inthanon to the mountain top, a trip which usually takes about 30 minutes.
Thanks to the cool weather, the province always lures thousands of Thai as well as foreign tourists.
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