Chiang Mai is essentially Thailand's second city, albeit much smaller and much more relaxed when compared to Bangkok. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, but now is a major draw for backpackers and travellers of all kinds, not to mention retiring ex-pats and humanitarians. Travellers would often return multiple times to Chiangmai due to energy in the city that captivates those who visit. The city itself offers plenty of things to do in the way of cooking classes, temple visits, street food, and culture. But beyond its boundaries, you'll find natural perfection, awe-inspiring animals, and unique communities deep in the mountains.
The off-peak season is in the months of late April until late October because of the much higher rain frequency as well as higher humidity. However, this could be an excellent opportunity to get reasonable offers and visit places with much lesser crowds too, since the prices will drop. Therefore, if you want to save money, you can look forward to going to Chiang Mai around this time. The peak season in Chiang Mai is during the late December to February which are the times when the temperature is much cooler, not too hot and the rain does not occur too often. The best time to visit Chiang Mai is in February and November, which is at the start and at the end of the peak season, in which the number of tourists is significantly lesser. For travellers looking to experience cultural festivals, they should plan their visits around the Loy Krathong Festival or Yi Peng that celebrates the Goddess of Water which is usually held on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai calendar. Meanwhile, Songkran is held in mid-April in conjunction with the Thai New Year, with Chiang Mai being a popular destination for the celebration. During the first weekend of February, there will be the Chiang Mai Flower Festival which is a three-day festival to celebrate spring with a variety of flowers.
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) – Chiang Mai International Airport or formerly known as the Suthep Airport, Chiang Mai International Airport is the primary airport of Chiang Mai as well as Lamphun which is operated by the Airports of Thailand PCL and owned by Royal Thai Air Force. Located in 60 Mahidol Rd which is about 5 kilometres away of the main city of Chiang Mai, the airport is the main gateway to Northern Thailand as well as the fourth busiest airport in Thailand, being able to accommodate 10 million passengers as of 2017. Chiang Mai International Airport has two terminals, in which one is utilized for international flights and the other is meant for handling the domestic traffic. It is the hub for Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Thai AirAsia and Wisdom Airways with flights coming into and from Manila.
Clark–Pampanga International Airport (CRK) – Clark International Airport conveniently located in the Mabalacat - Angeles area of Pampanga. Its location makes it easy for travellers who want to avoid Manila's busy streets. The airport is also easily accessed by road from Subic, Metro Manila and North Luzon. This airport handles international and domestic flights including China Eastern Airlines, Jeju Air, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Besides that, it also operates for cargo airlines like FedEx Express, UPS Airlines, and many more. The distance between this airport and the city is only about 1.1 kilometres. By taking a taxi, the taxi fare is around PHP 232.41.
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October-April when temperatures are warm but not stifling. You'll still want to pack a sweater in case the evenings cool off. The average daytime temperature is around 25°C, but it can dip as low as 15°C at night. If you're here in November, you'll see the Loi Krathong festivities. In April and May, things start heating up. Temperatures can soar as high as 40°C, and you'll want to pack light clothing and plenty of sunscreens. If you're not used to such stifling heat, you might find it uncomfortable for sightseeing. The rainy season takes place from June to October, when temperatures cool down, but the humidity rises. Chiang Mai doesn’t get as much rain as Southern Thailand, but you’ll still want to be prepared. It will rain for maybe an hour each day, and only rarely for days on end. The period of January to March is infamously known as the smoky season in Chiang Mai. Also known as the Burning Season, this is a time when the air quality in northern Thailand, especially Chiang Mai hits an all-time low due to several reasons. Many travellers aren't aware of this and thus have to face multiple problems.