Chiang Mai

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Updated, Jun 2023


Chiang Mai is a city in northern Thailand renowned for its extensive history, vibrant culture, and distinctive tongue.

It functioned as the seat of government for the former Lanna Kingdom after its foundation in 1296.The city has kept its traditional buildings and temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

The primary language is Northern Thai, a dialect of Thai, while English is also commonly used.

Buddhism has had a significant influence on Chiang Mai’s culture, which features vibrant festivals, traditional arts and crafts, and a welcoming atmosphere for tourists from all over the world.

Best time to visit: best time to visit Chiang Mai is between November and February, when it is milder and drier, the weather is lovely, and the city is buzzing with festivities, including the well-known Yi Peng Lantern Festival.

Getting In & Around

Getting in

Chiang Mai International Airport:
4 km from city centre, address: 60 Moo 3, Sutep Road, Sutep Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Mai Province 50200, visit website , phone: +66 53922000, Train: $1, Bus: Shuttle bus for THB 40 or Public Bus for THB 20, Taxi: THB 160 flat fare or take a metered taxi about THB 150

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See & Do

There are many sights and things to do in Chiang Mai. Discover historic temples like Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, and go hiking in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park for breathtaking views.

Visit the bustling Sunday Walking Street and Night Bazaar for shopping and sampling local fare. Participate in a workshop on authentic Thai cooking, go to the Elephant Nature Park for a humane elephant experience, or treat yourself to a soothing Thai massage.

Also, don’t pass up the opportunity to release lanterns at the Yi Peng Lantern Festival or to tour Wiang Kum Kam, an old city.

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