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Mayflower Grande Hotel Chiang Mai

9 Soi 9, Nimmanhaemin Rd., Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.6 / 10

Very Good

House and Home Residence

113/11, Moo.1, T.Nongpaklang, A.Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50000

8.7 / 10

Very Good

Victoria Nimman Hotel

108 Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Sirimanklajan T.Suthep A. Muang, Nimmanhemin, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.4 / 10

Very Good

7Days Hotel

404/2 Chiang Mai-Lampang Rd., T.Nongpaklung, A.Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50000

8.2 / 10

Very Good

B2 Premier Hotel & Resort

163, Chonprathan Road, T. Suthep, A. Muang , Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.0 / 10

Very Good

Chiangmai Hill Residence

211 Huay Kaew Road, Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

7.9 / 10

Good

B2 Green Boutique & Budget Hotel

24 Soi Mengraisatsami, Serm Suk Rd, T.Chang Phauk, A. Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.3 / 10

Very Good

Airport Resident 2

179/9 Mahidol Rd. T.Haiya, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50100

8.2 / 10

Very Good

Royal Peninsula Hotel

9/9 Assadathorn Rd., Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.3 / 10

Very Good

Royal Panerai Hotel

3/9 Assadathorn Road, T. Sriphoom, A. Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.2 / 10

Very Good

Nimman Boutique Resort & Spa

29/1 Nimmanhemin Rd., Soi 17, T. Suthep, A.Muang, Nimmanhemin , Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.5 / 10

Very Good

BEDGASM Poshtel x Cafe @Nimman

19 Nimmanhemin Road Lane 2, Suthep, Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.7 / 10

Very Good

B2 Santitham Wat Jed Yod Boutique & Budget Hotel

47/3 Siritron Rd., T.Chang Phueak, A.Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.2 / 10

Very Good

B and B House

118 Moo., Soi Augkate, T.Nong Paklung, A.Mueang, Chiang Mai , Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50000

7.7 / 10

Good

B2 Mountain Pano Residence Chiang Mai

202 Moo.2, Chotana Road, T. Changphuak, A. Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.9 / 10

Very Good

Prestige Chiang Mai

213 Huaykeaw Road, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.6 / 10

Very Good

R1 Boutique Serviced Apartment

85 Sukkasem Rd.(Nimmanhemin Road), T.Suthep, A.Mueang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50200

8.4 / 10

Very Good

Hop Inn Chiang Mai

1 Soi Saijai, Huay Kaew Road, Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.7 / 10

Very Good

Furama Chiang Mai

54 Huay Keaw Road, Muang , Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.6 / 10

Very Good

7Days Patan Hotel

47 Paton Ngam Rd, T. Paton, A.Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand, 50300

8.0 / 10

Very Good

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About

Introduction

Chiang Mai is the second most populous city in Thailand, after Bangkok. Located 316 meters above sea level, and surrounded by mountains and jungle, the city has something for everyone, whether it’s couples seeking a romantic getaway, families looking for some outdoors time, or backpackers hoping to soak up as much of Thai culture as possible.

Quite different from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the more relaxed sibling of the two, as northern towns often are compared to their southern counterparts.  The proximity to mountains means that there’s much more wildlife and fresh air here compared to Bangkok. There’s less traffic and less people. The food here is fabulous, often renowned for “khao soy” or curry soup with crunchy noodles on top. Khao soy is a popular dish sold both on the street and in restaurants all throughout Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai is home to many digital nomads, or people who have no office but do most of their work online. Therefore, there are plenty of coffee shops and cafes both in Old Town and the surrounding areas of Chiang Mai. There’s also a concentration of cafes that focus on organic, vegetarian and vegan food. Most of the staff that interacts with foreigners speak English quite well, and are often times eager to practice their English with you.

Change is often referred to as the “Rose of thof the north for the Flower Festival held annually every February. Over three days, the city is flooded by vivacious colors  lively parades in the true Thai style. The city was awarded a “Creative City” UNESCO,  and rated as the second most visited city by tourists in Thailand after Bangkok.

 

History 

Chiang Mai means “new city” because it took over as  the capital of the Lan Na kingdom from nearby Chiang Rai. The city is centered around the moat, with downtown sprawling out from there. In the distant past, Chiang Mai was once a proud capital to one of the most influential kingdoms ever existing in the Lanna Empire of Thailand.

At one time, Chiang Mai was regarded as the center point connecting grades from Yunnan and Myanmar to India and neighboring provinces and kingdoms. Until the 1920s, Chiang Mai was only accessible via elephants or rivers.

 

Surrounding Environment

Chiang Mai is surrounded by plenty of day trips and places to check out. Here are some of our favorites:

Chiang Rai

A quiet sister city to Chiang Mai, it’s a gorgeous day trip or weekend getaway to a place that’s quiet and absolutely stunning in its scenery. Coffee plantations, rice fields, and mountains in the background make it a picturesque place to ride a motorbike around and explore all that Chiang Rai has to offer. It’s also famous for the White Temple, a modern version of Thai temples that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. It’s quite easy to find companies to take you to Chiang Rai for the day or for a weekend.

Pai

Now known as a hippie haven of vegetarian and vegan friendly options, Pai is a great place to detox and enjoy some quiet time after the more active lifestyle and nightlife in Chiang Mai. There are plenty of vans and minibuses that will take you on this journey.

Doi Suthep Pui National Park

There is no shortage of national parks near Chiang Mai, and this is the closest one. Filled with hikes, waterfalls, fresh air and beautiful, lush, green scenery, these national parks can take days or weeks to explore and fully get the range of activities that can be done here. Doi Khun Tan National Park is the next closest one to Chiang Mai city center.

 

Hotels

Chiang Mai has a wide variety of accommodations for all kinds of travelers. There are high-end hotels for luxury and business travelers, romantic boutique hotels for couples, plenty of hostels in all areas of the old city for backpackers, and last but not least plenty of space for families who have children.

Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai

Located in the happening Nimmanhaemin Road, this hotel has all the amenities one could want in a hotel. The restaurant is decorated in a stylish modern American fashion, offering a daily breakfast with a continental menu and American twists for both lunch and dinner. The hotel also offers cable TV, a mini bar, a terrace, smoking area, coffee shop, and 24 hour reception

Brickhouse Chiang Mai

The first five-star hostel in Chiang Mai, the brick house does not disappoint. Equipped with a bar, pool table, restaurant, and fantastic friendly staff, this hostel has it all. It offers tours, assistance with vehicle rental, and has quite a lively atmosphere. This is perfect for groups of friends traveling, a solo traveler, or the more adventurous couple.

Prestige Chiang Mai

A modern hotel that is located in a convenient location,  this hotel has it all. It's close to Chiang Mai University as well as the Museum of world insects and modern wonders. It offers room service, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, bar, breakfast buffet, 24 hours reception, chores, and even laundry services for those who have been travelling for a while.

Baiyoke Chao Hotel

Located near multiple shopping centers, this hotel is in an ideal location. It has 24-hour reception, a bar, restaurant, coffee shop, elevator for those who have trouble getting up stairs, access to a supermarket, and all the possible toiletries that one would need at a hotel. the friendly staff at this establishment make it a top-notch experience for all kinds of travelers.

X2 Vibe Chiang Mai

Located in a hip and happening area of Chiang Mai, this hotel could not be in a better location. The staffs and owners work hard to create a relaxed, yet upscale vibe to this hotel.

 

Transportation

Chiang Mai is easily reached by both land and air transportation.

By Plane

Chiang Mai has its own airport, Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). There are frequent and often discounted tickets from Bangkok as well as other major cities in the surrounding area. If you're coming from Bangkok, Thai Airways has a flight available almost every hour.  The airport is only three kilometers from the city center, or about a 15-minute Drive. However, there are no metered taxis in Chiang Mai, and therefore you must take a van or a tuk tuk.  The fares here are either predetermined or negotiated. Don't be afraid to negotiate!

By Bus

From Bangkok, buses depart from 8:00 to 20:35. Travel time is about 8 hours and fare starts at 600 THB. Buses depart from Mochit Bus Terminal and drop at Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station.

By Train

from Bangkok, the train ride is about 12 hours with fares starting at 200 THB. The earliest train departs at 8:30 am the last one departs at 10pm.

 

Transportation in Chiang Mai

There are many options for transportation in Chiang Mai.  Passengers are often expected to negotiate, especially when traveling in large groups of 4 or more.  There are no metered taxis here.

Songtaews

These are modified truck beds that now serve as public transportation in this region of Thailand. There are two benches on either side facing each other in a truck bed that serve as a public bus of sorts. The driver will stop and ask where you're going in which case you ask what the fare is. You pay when you leave the songtaew.

Motorbike  

motorbikes are a common way of getting around Chiang Mai. There are some motorbike taxis, but most people will rent a motorbike for the day and drive it around themselves. Most shops will ask for your passport when you rent the motorbike, but some will allow you to leave a cash deposit or another form of ID, such as a driver's license. Most people in Chiang Mai wear helmets Kama especially in the city center. Since speeds can get pretty high up in the mountains, it is highly recommended that one wears a helmet when driving a motorbike.

Tuk tuks 

This is what most tourists think of when travelling in Thailand. Tuk tuks are a common way of getting around Chiang Mai, and often serve as taxis here , whereas songtaews serve as buses.

Uber

This is becoming more and more popular of a way to get around Chiang Mai. With the lack of meter taxis, overfill in a nice that is much needed in this tourist hub. Hoover often has deals for first-time users, and those who have already used over, don't have to deal with the hassle of negotiating fares or paying in cash.

 

Main Areas

The Old City (Tha Phae Gate)

Chiang Mai was once guarded by thick walls and trenches that surrounded the city. The walls today are used as reference on how to get around the city.

Night Bazaar

Between Old City and Ping River lies the Night Bazaar, known as Chiang Mai’s shopping and eating hub. The market is only open at night, dubbed as Chiang Mai’s shopping hub.

Riverside

The riverside is where you’ll find the more refined and hi-so aspect of Chiang Mai. Restaurants, bars and high end hotels line the Ping River’s scenic views.

Mountainside

Only a few kilometers from the city center is where the nature begins. Doi Inthanon National Park and the surrounding beauties of Chiang Mai are all found in the mountains of this old and classic city.

 

Attractions

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai’s most iconic temple, elevated at 1,073 meters above sea level. The temple has existed in some shape or form since 1383 in the Lanna Empire period. The temple is magnificent, both in beauty and size, with a sitting Buddha amidst detailed carvings and ornaments made of glimmering gold. Beware, as there are over 300 stairs to ascend, and thus visiting this temple in all its glory is not for the faint of heart. There is a cable car which can take you to the top.  

Opening hours: 6:00 to 16:00 daily
Entrance fee: free for Thai nationals, 30 THB for foreigners.

 

Doi Inthanon National Park

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This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chiang Mai. This national park is unparalleled in its beauty consisting of lush tropical jungle and diversity of plant life. Doi Inthanon, the highest peak for which the park is named for, stands at 2,565 meters in height, making it a destination for trekkers and hikers.  Another popular activity at this national treasure is bird watching, so be sure to bring your binoculars!

Opening hours: 6am to 6pm
Entrance fee: 400THB for adults, 200 THB for children

 

Activities

Elephant activities

Chiang Mai is teeming with elephant activities, from riding to visiting a conservatory. We recommend that you do your research prior to visiting any elephant camps. There are some fantastic companies out there that don’t exploit these beautiful and gentle creatures, but there are also plenty of companies who don’t treat elephants the way they should. Most if not all elephant activities will require a reservation in advance, so plan accordingly. In addition, most will include transport to and from your hotel, and many will include a meal and water.  

Opening hours: usually 8am to 6pm, depending on the camp
Entrance fee: depends on the camp. We recommend Elephant Nature Camp, which does a full day of interacting but not riding elephants for 2,500 THB up to 15,000 THB for a full week of volunteering and caring for elephants.

 

Cooking classes

Chiang Mai is one of the best places to do a cooking class. Although competition between companies can be fierce here, and thus choosing a school can be tough, this keeps the quality high and the prices reasonable. Depending on if you do a half or full day class, the class will end at either 1pm or around 5pm. The full day class ensures that you go to the market and learn more about the ingredients that you’ll be using, plus you get to do some shopping with a local. It’s quite an experience! You’ll have a few options of what to make, and of course get to taste your hard work once you’re done.  Like elephant activities, most cooking classes will include transport to and from your hotel.

Opening hours: usually 7am to 4pm, depending on the school
Entrance fee: rates will be about 1,000 THB for a full day class, depending on a multitude of factors.

 

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center

Conveniently located in the center of the Old City, the Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center is a modern hub for history, culture and education. This is a great thing to do on the first day of being in Chiang Mai to get a feel for the culture, which could make your experiences over the rest of the trip a bit richer with understanding.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 17:00.
Entrance fee: 90 THB

 

Travel Tips in Chiang Mai

Temple clothes - dress modestly if you aim to visit any religious sites, meaning covering your shoulders and knees for both men and women. Even at the waterfalls and when it’s incredibly hot, it’s polite in Thai culture to cover up, as it is a modest and conservative culture. Wearing a scarf or a sarong to cover one’s shoulders is generally considered acceptable. Most temples will lend you clothes at the front with a small deposit to be returned at the exit.

Som Tam and Khao Soy are two of the main delicacies here. Make sure to give them a try! Som tam was actually popularized by Western culture, and thus the abundance of it everywhere in Thailand now. Most tourist places will be sure to not make the papaya salad too spicy, but if asked, just say “pet nit noi” which means “a little bit spicy.” More than 2 chilis will have most Westerners sweating and coughing.

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