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Chiang Mai city is Thailand's largest city after Bangkok and is considered to be the capital of the whole northern region.

Similar to other Thai provinces it is administratively divided into Amphoes or districts, 22 in total as follows;

Districts Postal Code Districts Postal Code
Muang 50000 Mae Taeng 50150
Chiang Dao 50170 Omkoi 50310
Chom Thong 50160 Phrao 50190
Doi Saket 50220 Samoeng 50250
Doi Tao 50260 San Kamphaeng 50130
Fang 50110 San Pa Tong 50120
Hang Dong 50230 San Sai 50210
Hod 50240 Saraphi 50140
Mae Ai 50280 Wiang Haeng 50350
Mae Chaem 50270 Chai Prakan 50320
Mae Rim 50180 Mae Wang 50360

The gross provincial product (GPP) for 1996 was 78,380 million baht. In 1996 the province was ranked ninth in the country in terms of GPP. The GPP per capita for 1996 was 54,317 baht. The minimum wage effective from 1998 is 140 baht per day. Chiang Mai province is designated by the Board of Investment (BOI) as a Zone 3 Development District.

The majority of Chiang Mai people (around 80%) earn a living through agriculture and agricultural related activities and professions. The second largest vocation is tourism and its directly and indirectly related jobs. General commerce and industry - mainly in the form of handicrafts and of processing agricultural products - are the two other major professions in which the Chiang Mai people are involved.

The various hilltribe people are also agricultural; planting fields, raising animals and hunting for a living. Since each tribe has its own culture and language, they blanket the hills of Chiang Mai with an interesting patchwork quilt of diverse variety.

The emblem of the province is the enshrined white elephant.

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