The city of Chiang Mai, the largest in North-East Thailand, boasts a long and proud history that is distinctly theirs. This relaxed city sits in the shadow of the surrounding mountains and is a great place for those seeking some solace from the partying in the South. This is not a quiet city as there is always plenty to do and plenty to explore.
Chiang Mai is one of our favourite cities, not only in Southeast Asia, but the world. Thailand’s second largest city has a completely different feel to that of Bangkok and these relaxed vibes have turned the city into a haven for travellers.
Arriving by overnight bus or train from Bangkok is popular among backpackers and locals. There is also a local bus network that operates between many local areas.
The most popular and efficient way to arrive into the city is via the cities International airport which accepts flights form all over Thailand and many local international destinations.
WHEN TO GO
Temperatures are naturally warm the year round with the barometer rarely dropping below 22 degrees. The best time to visit the city would be between November and February as temperatures are not as high as other times and the rain has mostly gone!
WHAT TO EAT
Cafe de Thaan Aoan ($), My Secret Cafe in Town ($$), Ploen Ruedee Night Market ($$), Hard Rock Cafe ($$$), Favola ($$$$), The Service 1921 ($$$$$), The FACES ($$), Birds Nest Cafe ($$), Coconut Shell ($)
THINGS TO DO
Walking Street Night Market
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Phra Sing
Elephant Nature Park
Chiang Mai Historical Center