Chiang Mai, Thailand's “Rose of the North” where the culture and nature met. Chiang Mai is the charming place where you can traveling all year round, whether its summer, rainy or winter season. Apart from the beautiful ancient arts and culture make a great combine with modern lifestyle, Chiang Mai has friendly people, delicious local food and is the all-time top hit destination of Thailand.     


Where to travel in Chiang Mai?

Wat Phra Thard Doi Suthep
Most famous and important temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Thard Doi Suthep was built in 1386 located atop of Doi Suthep. The pagoda is the same figure as the pagoda in Chiang Saen which are ancient Lanna arts and the whole pagoda was completely shiny gold covered.  Moreover, area around the pagoda is the best viewpoint of Chiang Mai that alluring tourists come to experience. Especially, who were born in the zodiac year of goat really should come because Phra Thard Doi Suthep is the pagoda of the goat year.

 

 
Mon Jam
Most popular tourist spot of Chiang Mai where everyone would like to visit. Due to the cool breeze all year with panoramic views of mountain ranges covered with a fog sea in the morning and you can overlooking a colorful flower garden make a contrast with calm blue sky. There’re a lot of photo opportunities here, so be prepared you camera set for this fantastic viewpoint.
 

Grand Canyon Chiang Mai
Newly top hit place to visit in Chiang Mai, it’s kind of like the Grand Canyon with a blue and green water. Actually the place is just a pond from digging the surface soil till it change to a giant hole, surprisingly it became a popular place so fast from both Thai and International tourists. Nowadays it opening for public with admission fee 50 Baht/person. If you like the adventure, swimming or jumping off cliffs is the highlight. Even so travelers should have good swimming skill, since it’s deep about 1.50 meters. There also have food stalls and cafes nearby if you hungry after swimming.

 
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Canopy Walkway
The longest walkway (400 meters) on the canopy trees in Thailand which is 20 meters above the ground. A unique design steel structure blend with nature, you’ll have see-through floor experiences on some part of the walkway that allow you to look to the amazing view below. Apart from panoramic view, there’s a Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden that collects several kinds of flowers and trees.

 

 

Where to eat in Chiang Mai?

iBerry
The homemade ice cream cafe adorned with a unique design of famous Thai artist. With its stylishly furnishing, everyone who have come here surely want to take pictures with the giant pink mascot and there’re many photo opportunities around the property. Not only the ice cream is so delicious, but also drinks and cakes that so well too.

Location: Nimman Haemin Road Soi 17
Opening Hours: Everyday 10.30 - 22.00
Tel: 053 895 181

 
 
The Giant Chiangmai
From Chiang Mai heading to Mae On district, driving uphill to The Giant Chiangmai which is the coffee shop with a great concept to make visitors close to the serene nature and feel the laid back atmosphere. Drinking coffee, feel a cool breeze and the warm sun like you stuck in the wonderland that you might not want to leave this charming space.

Location: Ban Pok Village, Moo1, Huay Kaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai 50130
Opening Hours: 08.30 - 17.00 (Close on Monday)
Tel: 080 671 2313

 

Kua Kai Nimman
Popular local restaurant located in Himmanhaemin Road with a laid back atmosphere offering indoor and outdoor zone. The highlight is Kua Kai (Fried noodles with chickens) topped with fried egg, mix all the ingredients together before eating, we guarantee you’ll love this delicious dish.

Location: 9/1 Soi Sai Nam Phuang, Sirimankalajarn Road, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening Hours: Everyday 09.00 - 21.00
Tel: 082 180 1177


 
Buckets Siamese Bar
If you had a chance shopping at MAYA Shopping Center, don’t forget to check out Buckets Siamese Bar on 6th floor, which is the newly hang out spot widely known by Chiang Mai teens for its great atmosphere on the rooftop overlooking beautiful views of Chiang Mai town, along with various kinds of tasty food and drinks.


Location: 6th floor MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center Chiang Mai
Opening Hours: Everyday 17.00 - 24.00
Tel: 082 964 2245

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Where to stay in Chiang Mai?

The Virgo Hotel & Hostel
Well placed at the heart of the town, Tha Phae Road. This hip and chic boutique was packed with eye catching art decors and there’s large Chiang Mai map at the lobby. The guestrooms are clean and have many types as you choose, both private rooms and dormitories with the budget price, start from 250 Baht. Whether you are a couple, come with friends or family, every effort is made to ensure that all the guests comfortable.

Location: 2/1 Tha Pae Road Soi 2, Chang Moi, Muang, Chiang Mai 50300
Tel: 053 234 292, 094 735 4735, 094 616 1919 or 090 332 6642

 
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Hotel Yayee
Boutique hotel comes with a lovely name (Yayee is Thai for ‘darling’) placed at the best location on Soi Nimman Haemin 17, the most famous hang out spot for both travelers and Chiang Mai citizen. The property is adorned with a classic Lanna style decor but make a twist of modern lifestyle amenities. Staff are friendly and give a warm welcome that will make you feel at home. Hotel Yayee is the perfect choice for whoever want to discover this golden land of rich culture and ethnic diversity.

Location: 17/4-6 Soi Sai Nam Phueng, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai
Tel: 099 269 5885, 085 396 0669
 


 
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Rabiang Dao Homestay
Little charming homestay nestled in the heart of Doi Chiang Dao surrounded with beautiful mountain ranges. Rabiang Dao Homestay offers 10 guestrooms and each room is for 2 pax. The guestrooms are provided only bed and nothing else yet the private shower room. And one more thing to mention is the electricity can use only between 6 p.m. till dawn. With there’s nothing else like TV or internet access, it makes all guests close to true nature and relax.

Location: Ban Na Lao Mai, Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai 50170
Tel: 089 998 0712, 089 903 0083

 


Veranda Chiang Mai the High Resort

Away from the bustling city, Veranda Chiang Mai the high resort is peaceful perfect place to rest. Hotel guests will experience a great combination of Lanna cultures and a modern contemporary style. All the rooms are fully equipped with the high quality amenities to make guests feel as comfortable as possible. Each are overlooking spectacular views of the natural surroundings, on top of an outdoor infinity edge swimming pool on the roof terrace that also allowed you to enjoy sunbathing and sipping cocktails at the poolside lounge.

Location: 192 Moo 2 Ban Pong, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230
Tel: 053 365 007
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How to go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok?



By car

There’re many routes to drive from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, but the most popular is Thailand route 32 (Asian Highway Network) to Ayutthaya, Ang Thong and Nakhon Sawan. Then driving on the highway number 117 to Phitsanulok and take the highway number 11 pass through Lampang, Lampoon to Chiang Mai, approximately 695 km. And the other more convenience way is the bypass road from Nakhon Sawan, drive on the highway number 1 to Kam Phaeng Phet, Tak, and Lampang to Chiang Mai, approximately 695 km.

 
By bus

Both fan cooled and air condition busses from Bangkok to Chiang Mai depart every day from Mo Chit (Northern) Station that take roughly 10 hours. For more information call 02 537 8054-5 or 02 537 5056 and Chiang Mai branch call 053 242 664.
 
By train

There’re express and rapid trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai every day, most journeys by train are overnight and take approximately 12 to 15 hours. You can contact State Railway of Thailand by call 1690 or 02 223 7020 and 053 242 094 (Chiang Mai branch) for more information.
 
By airplane

There’re many airlines offer direct flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai about 1 hour with a budget price. You can check the time table and tickets fare at the airlines website.

 

By Chillpainai