Chiang Mai, the main city in northern Thailand, 700 km from Bangkok, boasts the charm of provincial cities and a quality of life appreciated by foreigners. The destination is known for its temples, its large university and the proximity of Hmong mountain villages, including Ban Doi Pui or Bor Sang, which have preserved their traditional wooden houses, customs and magnificent costumes. The temples of Chiang Mai alone are worth a stay in the north, including Wat Phra Singh, temple of Phra Singh (Buddha lion), home to a highly revered statue, the precious Wat Ketkaram, Wat Ket for intimates (15th century), near a beautiful pagoda, a Chinese market and a history museum, Wat Sisuphan (silver temple), grey in colour, where you can follow meditation sessions and admire the wall paintings on the theme of Asian religions. On Sundays in the late afternoon and evening we walk along the famous Ratchadanoen Street to enjoy street food and enjoy the Thai pedestrian market that aligns the craft stands. You can also go to the spring, to the craftsmen's village of Ban Tawai, 15 km from Chiang Mai. Closer, 5 km from the city, we discover the archaeological site of Wiang Kum Kam, in a green area. In addition, you will have to climb the 109 steps holding the dragon-shaped ramp of the temple of Doi Suthep, the sacred mountain, dear to Buddhists and now a popular tourist site. Finally, you should know that the city's zoo is home to a couple of pandas. To make sure you don't miss out, check out your favourite tourist guide.

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When to go to Chiang Mai?

When to discover Chiang Mai? From November to February, it is the dry and cool season and the best time to go to Chiang Mai. The sun shines, but temperatures can drop quite low or even touch the freezing point, especially at night. In April, a hot inter-season (about 25°C) begins, which lasts until the end of May with alternating tropical rains. From June onwards, it is the rainy season, although it is less frequent in the north. It lasts until October and culminates in September, the month of the low tourist season. July, August and September are the three months of the low tourist season in Chiang Mai. If you go to Thailand in April, don't miss the Water Festival, or Songkran, which celebrates the Buddhist New Year, everyone drinks themselves in the streets, laughs guaranteed!

How to go to Chiang Mai? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Thailand has long been a mass tourism destination and is under attack by many tour operators, but not all offers are equal. Take the time to choose the right tour according to your travel desires and do not hesitate to compare the services offered. Beware of low prices, they do not always include transfers, drinks and meals. Even if Thailand is an affordable destination, this can be a significant amount of money on a long circuit.

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Domestic and international flights are concentrated in Suvarnabhumi, located 35 km east of Bangkok. No particular risks for people travelling alone, the country is generally safe, but care must be taken with personal belongings in tourist areas, as theft can occur. You should know that drugs are not a joke in Thailand. A simple consumer faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. Eating and staying in Chiang Mai is no problem.

Domestic flights are convenient and quite cheap. Ferries also shuttle between the islands and the mainland. In Thailand, the buses that connect cities offer a varied level of comfort and there is something for everyone. As for the rail network, it is rather good in Thailand, but not really modern cars are not very comfortable.

Prepare for your trip Chiang Mai

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
  • Airbnb rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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Practical information
When to travel?

When to discover Chiang Mai? From November to February, it is the dry and cool season and the best time to go to Chia...
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Weather forecast

Chiang Mai has a tropical savannah climate with three seasons: the warm season with temperatures between 30°C and 35...
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Budget

Thailand in general and Chiang Mai in particular is a cheap destination. The standard of living is significantly lowe...
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Formalities

No visa is required for Thailand and Chiang Mai if you stay there for less than 30 days. And a round trip to the bord...
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Health

No mandatory vaccines for Thailand and Chiang Mai but DT-Polio, typhoid, hepatitis A and B vaccines are recommended....
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How to travel by yourself?

Domestic and international flights are concentrated in Suvarnabhumi, located 35 km east of Bangkok. No particular ris...
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How to get organized?

Thailand has long been a mass tourism destination and is under attack by many tour operators, but not all offers are...
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Getting around

Domestic flights are convenient and quite cheap. Ferries also shuttle between the islands and the mainland. In Thaila...
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