Getting to Chiang Mai from Bangkok or another major cities in Asia are straightforward. There are direct domestic flights and international direct flights to Chiang Mai International Airport everyday. More than a dozen different scheduled airlines operate flights each day, making Chiang Mai one of the most popular destinations in Thailand.
Another way of reaching Chiang Mai from Bangkok is by train. Train travel is inexpensive and convenient, which makes almost 12 hours journey more significantly, relaxing and exciting with the beautiful scenery along the railroad. There are many train schedules leaving from Hoa Lamphong, the main station in Bangkok, to Chiang Mai everyday. You can choose a variety kinds of train such as rapid train, sleeping train or express train which operated by the State Railways of Thailand to fit your style and budget.
From the Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit 2 Bus Terminal), there are many air-conditioned bus companies leaving to Chiang Mai daily. The bus takes about 10-12 hours depending on traffic
Chiang Mai is situated approximately 700 kilometers from Bangkok. Thailand’s highways are good and clearly signposted, enable driving to Chiang Mai easily. By car, it will take about 8 hours depending on the traffic. There are 2 routes on the way to Chiang Mai.
Route 1: Start on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin) and turn left to Highway No.32 (Asian Highway) which passes Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, and Nakhon Sawan, then take Highway No. 117 to Phitsanulok and Highway No. 11 to Lampang, Lamphun and Chiang Mai.
Route 2: From Nakhon Sawan, take Highway No. 1 passing Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Lampang and Chiang Mai.
Travelling within Chiang Mai
For relative short distances in downtown area, you can take a sam lor or tuk-tuk which must be bargained in advance. The common transportation is song taew or local people called red mini-bus that passengers can hop in and out as they wish. Before boarding, simply tell the driver the destination and negotiate the price. Taxi –metres are also available.
Chiang Mai roads are in good condition with signs posted in English. You can rent a car to discover the best of Chiang Mai.
Where to go & What to do
The Northern Province of Chiang Mai is brimming with proud of the city’s more than 700 years history and culture. Rugged, natural trails offer stunning breathtaking scenery views of scenic mountains and provide opportunities for numerous outdoor activities.
You can enjoy historic sites such as Phrathat Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Laung or visit our wild life at Doi Inthanon National Park, Butterfly & Orchid Farms, Chiang Mai Night Safari and Chiang Mai Zoo. Sport lovers can enjoy golf, climbing, bungy jumping or cycling. For adventures, in the virgin forests there are so many scenic trails that will make your trekking, bamboo rafting, kayaking or whitewater rafting so unforgettable. One of the highlighted attractions, you can see a lovely elephants at work, fantastic elephant shows and ride them into the forest with truly memorable.
Shoppers will love the diversity of handicrafts, beautifully crafted clothes of cotton or silk, lacquerware, silverware, woodcarvings and parasols made with traditional skills. Visitors may watch as artisans make these extraordinary creations at many of the local cottage industries.
After a long day trip, you can soak your tired body in the mineral bath at San Kamphaeng Hot Springs. At the end of the day, relax and enjoy a Kantoke Dinner ,the unique cuisine that people traditionally sit on the floor eating food placed on a low table plus a series of Northern style performances.
Escape from the busy world to dive into the essence of our special Lanna culture. Make Chiang Mai a part of your next experiences. Just imagine what you can do right here, right now.
Chiang Mai welcomes you !
What to eat
Dining in Chiang Mai, no matter what kind of food you really missed, there are plenty of foreign restaurants serving Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Arabic, German, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian food or even vegetarian. For Thai food lovers, there are a variety and original Thai restaurants serving northern, central, northeastern and southern Thai cuisine.
The most popular Northern Thai food are steamed sticky rice accompanied by Kaeng Hang-Le (Northern style pork curry), local chili pastes Nam Phrik Num-Nam Phrik Ong with Kab moo (Fried pork skin) and fresh vegetable. Sai Ua (a local Chiang Mai sausage), Khanom Chin Nam Ngiao and Khao Soi are a very traditional dishes and not to be missed.
Places to stay
Chiang Mai is easy to travel around. As a major tourist destination in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai has the wide range of accommodations to suit almost any travel budget to check out.
There are over 300 hotels, resorts, hostels, guesthouses, Bed& Breakfasts and apartments available. The rates are varieties from low as 200 baht/night for budgets or backpackers to over 40,000 baht/night five stars hotel for luxury guests.