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Driving from Bangkok takes approximately 8 hours
Route 1 : Drive on Highway No.1 (Phahonyothin Road) 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 through Lampang and Lamphun to Chiang Mai. The total distance is 695 kilometers ... see more

From Bangkok there are ordinary, 2nd class, and 1st class air-conditioned busses leaving throughout the day from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) for Chiang Mai (08:00 am. to 09:00 pm.) For more information, Call 02 936 3600, 02 936 2852, and 02 937 8055 for an updated bus timetable ... see more

Domestic airlines, including Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Thai AirAsia, and Nok Air, operate several flights daily between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Depending on where you are flying from, one of these airlines can also fly you directly to Chiang Mai from Mae Hong Son, Pai, Chiang Rai, and Koh Samui ... see more

Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang Mai from Bangkok's Hua Lumphong Station six times a day from 08:00 am. to 10:00 pm. The trip takes about 11-12 hours on an express train ... see more


Guide to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai [เชียงใหม่] Province is the hub of Thailand's northern region. It is also the largest and most culturally important city of the northern region. It is located on Ping River valley and amidst the highest mountain in the country which result in low temperature during the cool season in comparison to other regions in Thailand. Its abundance of natural resources brings about a number of spectacular tourist destinations. Alongside, the rich and indigenous cultural identity and traditions reflect the charm of the region namely diverse dialects, cuisine, handicrafts, festivals and architecture. Meanwhile, Chiang Mai is also a vibrant and modern city. One will never get bored when travelling in the province as there is a great diversity of things to do. Ladies will be pleased by shopping spree that Chiang Mai has to offer. Unique cuisine of the region as well as international food will satisfy all palates. A wide range of accommodations ranges from simple homestays to luxurious hotels.

Top things to do in Chiang Mai

A beautiful temple with a spectacular view of the city

Mueang District Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is probably Chiang Mai's most important and visible landmark site for visitors. This famous and important temple dating from 1383 enjoys a prominent position in Chiang Mai, overlooking the city from its mountainside perch. It sits about 3,520 feet above sea ...

Doi Inthanon – The highest mountain

Chom Thong District Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon, which is the highest mountaintop in Thailand (2,565 meters above the sea level), followed by Doi Huamodluang (2,330 meters above the sea level). Doi Inthanon is the source of many rivers including Mae Klang, Mae Pakong, Mae Pon, Mae Hoi, ...

Royal Flora for His Majesty the King

Hang Dong District Ratchaphruek Garden

Ratchaphruek Garden is nestled in a lush mountain landscape, this 400 rai (240,000m2) of land is indeed a picturesque setting, not only the garden itself with its many plant and flower species, but also its unique and delicate artwork and architecture which enriches the minds of its ...

Experience many kinds of animals at Chiang Mai Zoo

Mueang District Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium

Chiang Mai Zoo is one of the largest zoos you will find anywhere in the world (and the largest in Thailand): it takes up a whopping 212.4 acres and covers a good deal of the Doi Suthep foothill (and would make a perfect bookend to your Doi Suthep visit, if that is part of your ...

Unexpected Adventure at Doi Ang Khang

Fang District Doi Ang Khang

Doi Angkhang is one of the coldest places in Thailand so is still maintains its popularity among nature lovers. It is also renowned as a scenic wonderland of orchards, flowers and forests. The area attracts tourists to enjoy the picture-perfect valley in the mountains ...

Relax from your journey – San Kamphaeng Hot Spring

Mae On District San Kamphaeng Hot Spring

San Kamphaeng Hot Spring is one of the popular tourist destination in Chiang Mai, its amid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties. Accommodation, a swimming pool ...

Chaing Mai Night Safari – The No.1 Nightspot in Chiang Mai

Hang Dong District Chaing Mai Night Safari

Chiang Mai Night Safari is the best nightspot in Chiang Mai, was established as evening and night tourist attraction. It is the first night safari in Thailand. Chiang Mai Night Safari is committed to be a world class destination and is constantly onstantly upgrading to ...

Ruined Pagoda inside the Old City walls

Mueang District Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

Wat Chedi Luang (also known as Temple of the big stupa) is houses the largest chedi in Chiang Mai. The temple is located right in the middle of the city and was built in the reign of King Saen Mueang Mak, the seventh king of Mengrai Dynasty . The 98 metre tall and 54 metre ...

Wat Suan Dok – One of the finest temple in Chiang Mai

Mueang District Wat Suan Dok

Wat Suan Dok (Flower Garden Temple) is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. This temple has been established for 700 years. The temple located on the west of old Chiang Mai, just off the airport road. There are dozens and dozens of small white chedi, about three ...

What Phra Singh – Best mural painting temple

Mueang District Wat Phra Sing

Wat Phra Singh (Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn) is one of the biggest, best mural painting, finest and most famous temples in Chiang Mai. It is located on the western side of the medieval walled city of Chiang Mai, at the end of Phra Singh Road which leads from Ratchadamnoen ...

Wiang Kum Kam – The first capital of Lanna Kingdom

Saraphi District Wiang Kum Kam

Wiang Kum Kam is an ancient city, located at the east bank of the Ping River and close to a city. That was built in the reign of King Mengrai in 1286. The city was surrounded by ditches in every corner and they were used as reservoirs. From the discoveries , there are 20 ancient ...

Attractive Scenery of Thailand at Mon Jam

Mae Rim District Mon Jam

Mon Jam located in Mong Nong Hoi Village. It's a great view point of project area and you can see foggy sea on the ill and beautiful nature. A charming open-aired bamboo kitchen and dining area serves up fusion cuisine from only the freshest of the Royal Project's products as well as ...

Bhubing Palace – The royal winter residence

Mueang District Nimmanhaemin hip street

The Bhubing Palace is located on Doi Buak Ha. It is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of Thailand. The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad. In the ...

Wat Chiang Man – Chiang Mai's oldest temple

Mueang District Thapae Walking Street

Wat Chiang Man is the Chiang Mai's oldest temple, Located within the old walled city on Ratchaphakhinai Road. Wat Chiang Man was built in 1296 by King Mengrai, allegedly lived here while the new city of Chiang Mai was under construction. The temple is noteworthy for its fine Chedi ...

The largest and most famous tourist market

Mueang District Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar located on Chang Klang Road it’s the city's most shopping places in the old city and is a must for all visitors. It is a lively area with department stores, shops and stall vendors. It begins to come to life in the early evening and buzzes till midnight, but a few ...

Warorot Market – Chiang Mai's biggest market in town

Mueang District Warorot Market

Warorot Market located on Wichayanon Road, near Ping Riverside. Warorot Market was built in 1910, after that Chinese come to settle their residents and business in this area since then this area is the China Town of Chiang Mai. At the present time this market is ...

Think of elaborated sculpture, think of Baan Tawai Handcraft

Hang Dong District Baan Tawai Handcraft Village

Baan Tawai is the village of wood carving and handicrafts. It has been known as the major cultural attraction of Chiang Mai for Thai and foreign tourists. The best quality and bargains of wood carving items can be found in Baan Tawai. Many of the fantastic items sold in Bangkok ...

Sa Paper & Umbrella Handicraft Center

San Kamphaeng District Umbrella Making Centre

Umbrella Making Centre was established in year 1978. Formerly made as offerings to the monasteries, the beautiful hand - made bamboo and paper umbrellas of Bosang are now produced in quantity. Still reflected in the work of the skilled village craftsmen is the ...

A Tour of History – Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Centre

Mueang District Chiang Mai City Arts & culture Centre

Chiang Mai City Arts & Culture Centre is located on the city centre, The old building of elegant architectural design was built in 1924. Standing on the location of former royal hall, the building was used as the central administrative offices of the Monthon Phayap ...

Chiang Mai Elephant Training Center

Mae Rim District Maesa Elephant Camp

Maesa Elephant Camp located on the lush tropical jungle of Chiang Mai's Maesa Valley, a big family of elephants lives side by side with their mahout caretakers. "Maesa Elephant Camp" is home to one of the largest assembly of elephants in the north of Thailand. The philosophy is to ...

Feel the cool of the nature at Maesa Waterfall

Mae Rim District Mae Sa Waterfall

The Mae Sa Waterfall is small waterfalls and the most interesting as these were more photographable and had interesting shapes. This spectacular eight tiered waterfall occupies a natural setting among gigantic trees providing a cool shade. A narrow path winds up through ...

Stunning Chiang Mai city and temples views

Mueang District Scorpion Tailed Boat River Cruise

Cruising along the Ping River by the scorpion-tail vessel is the interesting activity for the tourists who come and visit Chiang Mai. The trip is guided by experts in Chiang Mai historical events who will take you to trace back to the remote antiquity of Chiang Mai. During the cruise ...

Chiang Mai Adventure – White Water Rafting

Mae Tang District Chiang Mai White Water Rafting

Rafting, both bamboo and rubber rafts with a view to safety and the most enjoyable experience. Chiang Mai has a lot of rivers and streams flowing throughout the province, Chiang Mai provides a good opportunity for rafting, both bamboo and rubber rafts. Some interesting ...

Fight of the Gibbon – Treetop Adventure

Mueang District Tree top Adventure

Experience adventure in the Thai rainforest high in the treetops. The zipline tours are a unique system of tree houses, platforms, cables and sky bridges enable you to view jungle life from all layers of the canopy, a perspective previously reserved for a select group of ...

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Recommended Restaurants see all Restaurants

The Deck 1

A newly-opened restaurant situated on the riverfront of Ping River, across the road from RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort. Deck 1 offers delectable Modern Asian Fusion foods that perfectly blend Thai, Asian and Western cuisines ...

Cuisines : Fusion
Opening Hours : 07:00 am. - 12:00 am.
Location : City, Charoenrad Rd.
Tel. : 0 5330 2788

Khum Khantoke

Dine on authentic Northern Thai food, sample local delicacies and enjoy the atmosphere of out Lanna Khontoke. You'll be entertained by a cultural show celebrating the dancing style from every part of the country including a Candle dance, Faun Tee ...

Cuisines : Northern Thai
Opening Hours : 06:30 pm. - 09:30 pm.
Location : Chiang Mai-Lampang Rd.
Tel. : 0 5330 4121

Palaad Tawanron Restaurant

The restaurant boasts of the very best delicacies from the stunning view of the surroundings. The Palaad Tawanron restaurant in Chiang Mai is also regarded as a restaurant with the most romantic ambiance. Menus are in Thai and English ...

Cuisines : Thai
Opening Hours : 11:30 am. - 12:00 am.
Location : Foothills of the Suthep Mountain
Tel. : 0 5321 6576

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Zoe in Yellow

Zoe in Yellow Chiang Mai bar and restaurant, one of our great city’s most unique venues! Not only do we serve up steady beats and potent drinks late into the night, but we’re also the only place in Chiang Mai Center that boasts a garden chill-out area ...

Category : Bar, Restaurant & Night Club
Opening Hours : 07:00 pm. - 02:00 am.
Location : City, Rajvithi Rd.
Tel. : 08 4222 9388

Warm Up Cafe

Warm Up Café always packed with revelers at weekends, there is a dance spacious club featuring both popular Thai and international songs that should not be missed, while the food at the outside restaurant is great and well-priced ...

Category : Pub & Restaurant
Opening Hours : 05:00 pm. - 02:00 am.
Location : City, 40 Nimmarnhemin Rd.
Tel. : 0 5340 0676

The Riverside

No visit to Northern Thailand is complete without experiencing the Riverside. Chiang Mai's legendary pub and restaurant. Subtle combinations of candle light, excellent cuisine, both Thai and western, exotic cooktails and a wide variety of draft beers ...

Category : Bar & Restaurant
Opening Hours : 06:00 pm. - 02:00 am.
Location : City, 6 Nimmanhemin Road
Tel. : 08 1289 1088

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Thapae Walking Street

The walking Street is one of the best things about visiting Chiang Mai, so much so that it is often referred to as the weekend market as its popularity warrants a small Saturday evening version. One of the great things about it is a place where you ...

Type : Walking Street
Opening Hours : Sun 05:00 pm. - 10:00 pm.
Location : Thapae - Ratchadamnoen Rd.
Tel. : 0 5324 8604 (TAT)

Nimman Haemin Road

If you are looking for hip, chic, in-trend shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, pubs, discos, fashion, home décor, antiques, art, nick knacks, a good cup of java, a burger, pizza, Thai and international cuisine, and good music, whatever you're mood ...

Type : Walking Street
Opening Hours : 10:00 am. - 09:00 pm.
Location : Nimmanhemin Road
Tel. : 0 5324 8604 (TAT)

San Kamphaeng Handicraft Village

San Kamphaeng Handicraft Village is famous for silk a cotton weaving and lacquerware. The silk and cotton souvenirs produced in this village are high quality. Factories and souvenir shops selling woodcarving, silver, earth ware, lacquer ware ...

Type : Handicraft Village
Opening Hours : 08:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Location : Chiang Mai - Sankampaeng Rd.
Tel. : 0 5324 8604 (TAT)

Festivals & Events


Walking Up Doi Suthep Annual Celebration

When : 18 May 2019
Where: Chiang Mai University

Starting at the front gates of Chiang Mai University and ending with three walks around the golden Chedi of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, thousands of people make the trip up the mountain to respect the Lord Buddha.


Singha CNX KOM Chiangmai Up Hill Run 2019

When : 9 Jun 2019
Where: Ratchaphruek Garden

The third pitch of the lion series run 2019 to run, morning atmosphere, nature trails up the hill to DOI before the city of Chiang Mai


Vegetarian Festival

When : 29 Sep - 7 Oct 2019
Where: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar with people of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making.


Loy Kratong Festival

When : 11 Nov 2019
Where: Throughout Chiang Mai

The most picturesque of the Thai festivals is held on the full-moon of the 12th lunar month. Little candle-lit krathongs are launched onto the water as an offering to Mother Water. People apologize for polluting the water and promise to do better in the future.


Yi Peng Festival

When : 11 Nov 2019
Where: Chiang Mai

The Festival of Lights is celebrated all around Thailand with Loi Krathongs. In Chiang Mai, the observation of the festival of lights, called Yi Peng, is uniquely different such as Yi Peng lanterns parade, Lanna arts and cultural shows, Krathong parade.


Chiang Mai Marathon 2019

When : Dec 2019
Where: Chiang Mai

Join the marathon race on the Christmas Day in the most famous tourist attraction in the North of Thailand, Chiang Mai, the city with the unique identity, full of natural spots, historical sites, traditional art and culture, local customs and festivals.


Chiang Mai New Year Countdown

When : 31 Dec 2019
Where: Thapae Gate

The Festival will hold at the historic Thapae Gate, the feature include mini-concerts by well-known Thai artists and bands, fun stage performances and displays of the local culture, leading to a massive fireworks display on New Year's Eve.