Welcome to Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Province is in Northern Thailand. The Chiang Mai weather is always cooler than the rest of the country, with a mean temperature of 25°C throughout the year. The city has plethora of things to see and things to do. The beauty of the mountains, hill tribe villages, and botanical gardens attracts millions of tourists to Chiang Mai every year. You can also enjoy a zoo and aquarium, a nocturnal zoo, and classic Northern Thai temples and architecture which are a fusion of Lanna, Mon, and Burmese styles.
Chiang Mai has a long history. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Nowadays it is a very modern city, similar to Bangkok.
The old city of Chiang Mai is a showcase of the north’s fascinating indigenous cultural identity that includes diverse dialects, a delectable cuisine, distinctive architecture, traditional values, lively festivals, numerous handicrafts workshops, northern style massage, and classical dances. Chiang Mai is also blessed with pristine natural resources including mountains, waterfalls, and rivers. The presence of numerous hill tribes that feature a wealth of unique cultures enhances Chiang Mai’s distinctive diversity. Hill tribe trekking, often combined with river rafting and elephant riding has always been one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions. Nowadays there are innumerable activities and attractions both in the city and the surrounding province, including massage instruction and golf. Moreover, visitors can visit workshops where they can learn about the production of silk or silver, and purchase memorable, hand-crafted souvenirs. With such a diverse range of attractions and an equally grand selection of dining and accommodation options, Chiang Mai is a place where both backpackers and luxury tourists can enjoy the ultimate Thailand holiday.
Where to go
- Royal Park Rajapruek
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
- Bhubing Rajanives Palace
- Doi Ang Khang
- Doi Pui
- Doi Mon Jam
- San Kamphaeng Hot Springs
- Mae Sa Elephant Camp
- Wat Phra Singh
How to go
From Bangkok there are ordinary, 2nd class, and 1st class air-conditioned busses leaving throughout the day from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) for Chiang Mai (8.00 a.m. to 09.00 p.m.) Call 02 936 3600, 02 936 2852, and 02 937 8055 or Website ticket.transport.co.th for an updated bus timetable.
Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang Mai from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station six times a day from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The trip takes about 11-12 hours on an express train. For more information, contact tel. 1690, or 02 223 7010, 02 223 7020 or Website www.railway.co.th. Chiang Mai Railway Station, tel. (053) 24 2094, 244 795, .247 462 245 363-4
Domestic airlines, including Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai Smile Airways, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air, Nok Air and Thai Vietjet operate several flights daily between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Depending on where you are flying from, one of these airlines can also fly you directly to Chiang Mai from Mae Hong Son, Khon Kaen, Pattaya, Samui, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani and Hat Yai.
From international destinations, visitors can fly directly to Chiang Mai on a number of domestic and international air carriers. While these routes are subject to their economic viability for individual airlines, it is usually possible to fly directly to Chiang Mai from Yangon, Mandalay, Luang Prabang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Macau, hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Kunming, Changsha, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Wuhan, Xi An, Shanghai and Beijing
Local Public Transportation
Rót daang (literally ‘red trucks’) operate as shared taxis, and they roam the streets picking up passengers who are heading in the direction they are travelling. There are no fixed routes so the easiest thing to do is to ask if the driver will take you where you want to go. Journeys start from 20B for a short trip of a few blocks and 40B for a longer trip (eg from the old city to Th Nimmanhaemin).
Túk-túk work only on a charter basis and are more expensive than rót daang, but they offer that energising wind-through-your-hair feeling and are faster in traffic. Rates start at 60B for short trips and creep up to 100B at night, although you’ll probably have to bargain hard for these rates. Some drivers can be pushy and may try to steer you towards attractions that pay commissions.
Taxi It is very rare to see a metered taxi to flag down in Chiang Mai, but you can call for a pick-up from Taxi Meter – fares within Chiang Mai are unlikely to top 160B.