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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai travel Guide

Chiang Mai

  • Located approximately 700km north-west of Bangkok, and set at an elevation of around 300 metres, Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city, a large part of which is covered by undulating hills and mountains and lush-green forests. With over 300 temples and the backdrop of Doi Suthep Mountain rising to 1876 metres to the west, this is a visually striking city. The Thailand's highest mountain peak is Doi Inthanond at 2,565 meters andtThe city's largest river is the Ping river.
    You'll never bore in Chiang Mai, theres is several activities for everyone : trek to the hill tribe villages, get an adrenaline rafting down the Mae Taeng River, explore ancient wats or temples, shop for Thai handicrafts, enjoy fantastic Thai Food, Cultural, culinary experiences and adventures abound...and if you plan to visit Chiang Mai in April, stay one day during Songkran Festival.
    Chiang Mai, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna ( the kingdom of a million rice-fields ). Over 700 years old and lying on the banks of the Ping river, the city is a wondrous blend of ancient art, culture and history and is filled with magnificent ancient temples and steeped in culture. Thanks to it's splendid hospitality Chiang Mai is appropriately known as the "Rose of the North".
    Six major hilltribes (Hmong, Lisu, Lahu, Akha, Yao, and Karen) and several minor hill-tribes are found in northern Thailand in the area of Chiang Mai with their own distinct customs, rituals, dialect and clothing.
    Enjoy your stay in Chiang Mai...
    From Bangkok you have a one hour flight to Chiang Mai Airport. (Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways have direct flights to Chiang Mai from Bangkok)
  • Weather in Chiang Mai : 3 seasons
    - Cool Season : December to February. The daytime temperature is fairly comfortable with the maximum temperature around 25°C/78°F, the night, the weather is cooler, and can drop to near freezing in the mountains.
    - Hot Season : February to May. The temperature can get up to 35°C /88°F and by May, the rain arrives.
    - Rainy Season : May to November. Normally, The rain come in short bursts of in the afternoon or early evenings, and usually only last an hour. The landscape is beautifully green and the average temperature during this season is around 31°C/84°F.
  • Getting around Chiang Mai : Taxi called "Songthaews" run from Chiang Mai to several sightseeings. Motorcycles and cars are available for rent in the city center and sometimes in your resort.
  • Near Chiang Mai : Chiang Rai & Mae Hong Son.


  • Chiang Mai hightlights :
    -Wat Phratat Doi Suthep, This temple is situated 1053m above sea level and a magnificent view of the city of Chiang Mai.
    - Phuping Palace ,modern Thai style Palace, can only visit the beautiful gardens
    - Ban Doi Pui – Hmong Hill Tribe Village , See the Hmongs in their traditional homes and costumes
    - Ob Khan National Park, This park is located on the left side of the Khan River at Namprae
    - Chiang Mai night bazar
    - The Three Kings Monument, 3 great kings of Thailand are imortalised in this monument in the heart of Chiang Mai
    - Mae Pan Waterfall, the highest waterfall in Chiang Mai
    - Fang Hot Springs
    - walking in Chiang Mai Market between Tha phae and loi kroh roads
    - Mae Sa Elephant Camp : www.maesaelephantcamp.com
    - Around Chiang Mai : Chiangrai and the Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Doi Tung, Mae Chaem, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Phrao and Mae Sai market.
  • Not To Do WARNING : "Best ATV in Thailand" , the ATV's tour in Chiang mai are very boring, in a 3 hours tour, they offer you a 2 hours tour on the road and 1 hour off-road with a bad ATV (no brake and dangerous !! )

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    Ko Thai recommended Hot Spot in Chiang Mai

  • Cocktail Hour in Drink at U Hotel : This is a chic upstairs open air bar, called Drink, are perfect spots to sit and take in the sights of the bustling Ratchadamnoen Road. (For a more refined experience try out one of the bars in the five star hotels that have sprung up all over the city : the Mix Bar (D2 Hotel), Colonial Terrace (Chedi), WOW Bar (Shangri La), Horn Bar (Dhara Dhevi)).
    Ratchadamnoen Road, www.uhotelsresorts.com
  • Late night in Chiang Mai : Karaoke, bars, gogo's (Foxy bar and the road) and disco are found at Chiang Mai Land, a purpose-built street off Changklan rd, south of the city. A huge disco in the center town (Mandalay).
    Or the Gi Gi's Disco -
    68/2 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd., Wat Ket, Muang Chiang Mai
  • Relax : A 4-star boutique resort where you can enhance your mind and soul to awaken your senses from the elite selection of our spa treatment
    Ayatana Hamlet and Spa Chiang Mai 99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Rd., www.ayatanaSpa
    Discover the Oasis award winning spa experience : specialised in four hand massage, great sensations
    The Oasis Spa Chiang Mai : 053 920 111
    Web : www.oasisspa.net

    The Dheva Spa and Wellness Centre in Mandarin Oriental Hotel Chiang Mai is a destination in itself. Modelled on a Mandalay Palace setting from Myanmar, this cluster of teak buildings features a seven-tiered roof, symbolic of reaching the heavens. Within the spacious 18 treatment rooms and suites, each guest is treated like royalty where a wide range of therapeutic treatments based upon local and ancient healing techniques are available.
    Web : www.mandarinoriental.com/chiangmai
  • Restaurants :
    - our recommended restaurant in CHIANG MAI : Chiang Mai restaurant
    - Cooking Class : A Lanna style school located in a country-side village, Just 15 minutes from the city of Chiang Mai
    Baan Hong Nual : www.baanhongnual.com/
    - Enjoy your Breath taking hot air balloon ride with Balloon Adventure Thai Company. Nobody forgets their first balloon flight, One day tour in Chiang Mai with Balloon Adventure Thailand
    Baloon adventure Thailand : www balloon adventure
    - ATHITAN VILLAS : athitan.com
  • Five Star hotels in Chiang Mai at best prices

    - THE CHEDI HOTEL : 84 exquisit rooms with courtyard and open balconies all facing Mae Ping River
    - DUSIT D2 Chiang Mai : Near the exciting night bazaar.
    - FOUR SEASONS RESORT
    - MANDARIN ORIENTAL DHARA DHAVI
    - RATILANNA riverside spa & resort
    - SHANGRI LA Chiang Mai
    - the RACHAMANKHA Chiang Mai

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