Chiang Mai also known as “Rose of the North” is the largest and most culturally significant city in Northern Thailand which is rapidly becoming a global favorite to travelers around the world. Surrounded by mountains and countryside it is a safe, relaxing, and affordable city with an abundance of natural beauty with rich culture and a perfect mix of ancient Buddhist and modern culture yet it still has that cosmopolitan feel. From ancient temples and monk chats to college-town nightlife & touristy bars Chiang Mai has it all. The city also has a very excellent infrastructure with international direct flight connections to all countries within the region.
The Food here has its own distinct flavor which is slightly different from mainland Thai food. Nevertheless delicious and wholesome food is a must whether you eat street food or at a boutique restaurant. For an excellent Thai dining experience don’t forget to try the traditional Lanna Khantoke dinner with dance show.
Accommodation across all budgets can be found all over Chiang Mai, but the majority of travelers prefer to stay in the Old City. Lodging options are of highest standard and can be fairly cheap. You’ll be able to rent a hotel or boutique guest house room starting from 300B/350B per night only.
Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate with warm to hot weather year-round. However, April-June is the hottest time there so it is best to avoid those months.
The Chiang Mai International Airport is less than 10 minutes’ drive away from the city center and it handles both Domestic and an International terminal in a single building. Chiang Mai’s train station is located on the eastern side of town which is also only 10-minute drive from the city center. There are at least 6 trains daily from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and vice versa. There are also two Bus Stations in Chiang Mai.
Wat Chedi Luang is a 600 year (approximately) old temple initiated by King Saen Muang Ma (r.1385-1401) to hold the ashes of his father, Ku Na. The famous Chedi (Buddhis Stupa) which is now destroyed was once about 280ft high and towered above the surrounding city. The temple was once home to the famous Emerald Buddha.
Opening Hour: 6am-6pm
To Get Here: Go about half way of the Ratchadamnoen road that crosses the old city from East to West. The main entrance to the temple is opposite to the Prapokklao road, just a short walk south of intersection with Ratchadamnoen road. View more
Situated along the Ping River, Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city built by King Mangrai as capital of Lanna kingdom. You can witness architectural style of Lanna period all over the city. There are also many interesting items and structures to see here, such as stone tablets with Mon inscriptions, Buddhist sculptures and architecture etc. You can take a horse-drawn carriage to go around the ruins
Opening Hours: 8am-5pm
To Get Here: It’s about 5km southeast of the Old City. You can take Route 106, or Chiang Mai Lamphun Highway, from Chiang Mai City. If you rent tuk tuk it will cost around 100B one way. View more
The current Lanna Folklife Museum used to be the Municipal Court of Chiang Mai. The building is now renovated to showcase the rich culture and history of Northern Thailand. The Museum features 18 exhibition rooms that exhibits waxworks, textiles, religious sculptures, wooden decorative ornaments and tools all related to Lanna Village culture.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun from 8.30am-5pm. Entrance Fee: Adult-90B, Child -40B
To Get Here: Take the Prapokklao road, the museum is opposite the Three Kings monument. View more
This is a night time zoo which provides visitors with the trilling experience of being out in the wilderness at night. Various types of activities are possible here, a lot of which involves direct contact with animals, such as bathing elephants, feeding hippopotamus and rhino horn.
Opening hours: 11 am-10 pm daily.
Entrance Fee: Adult-500 B, Child -300 B. Ticket office close at 10 pm
To Get Here: Hire a red song-thaew from the city center, it’s best to negotiate the price before getting in. For More Information Visit: http://www.chiangmainightsafari.com/cnsweb/index.php/en/ View more
Doi Pui is a part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park which is famous for its natural beauty. Being 1,685metres above sea level Doi Pui has a cold weather all year round. Wihin the area there's the Hmong Tribal Village, about 4 km away from famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The villege offers an insight into daily lives of the Thailand’s tribes and is an excellent way to experience Thai culture. There is a dress code to visit the village (No shorts, skirts, tank tops etc.)
Opening Hours: 8:30am-4:15pm (ticket booth open from8:30am-11:30am and 1:00pm-3:30pm)
To Get Here: There are many available tours to the Hmong Tribal Village and nearby destinations. View more