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Not noisy, like many great famous tourist destinations in Thailand like the magnificent Bangkok or Phuket full of sun and wind, Chiang Mai steals one’s heart by its serene and romantic beauty. Below the details of Chiang Mai travel guide are summary through this Chiang Mai visitors guide — The super Chiang Mai travel guide (Chiang Mai guide) and Chiang Mai trip blog for a wonderful trip to Chiang Mai.

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Wat Chedi Luang, one of the best places to visit in Chiang Mai

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Souvenir shop at Baan Kang Wat.
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Duke and Wally on one of the two double ziplines at Flight of the Gibbon
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Chiang Mai walking street
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Old Town of Chiang Mai

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THC Rooftop bar
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Khao Soi, must eat in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai visitors guide: The reason why you can not ignore Chiang Mai

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Grand Canyon

If you are looking for a quiet place to rest in the eventful summer days, Chiang Mai is a great choice. Located in the northern of Thailand, Chiang Mai remains its original, rustic beauty that gifted by nature, far away from the hustle and bustle of city’s life.

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Wat Chedi Luang Temple. One of the most famous temples in Chiang Mai
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Wat Umong Temple

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Chiang Mai also is the coffee captital of Thailand

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It is also home to many ancient sacred temples with distinctive traits of Thailand, help you have moments of stillness and peace. Chiang Mai is a land with rich culture, rich and exotic spiritual life.

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Tha Pae Walking Street (Sunday Walking Street)
Where should I go in Chiang Mai Tha Pae Walking Street (Sunday Walking Street) (1)
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Coming to Chiang Mai, you will have a chance to experience incredibly great festivals, famous all over the world such as Loy Krathong (Thailand’s Festival of Lights), Songkran, Chiang Mai Flower Festival …

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Buddha statues are gently washed with scented water. | Chiang Mai visitors guide

An extremely important point that makes Chiang Mai become an attractive destination is the cheap travel costs. You do not need to prepare a huge amount of money to enjoy days in Chiang Mai.

Monks pray in Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai
Monks pray in Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai

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A woman pray in Loy Krathong Festival
A woman pray in Loy Krathong Festival
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Lanterns over Wat Chedi Luang Temple, Chiang Mai in Loy Krathong Festival
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Chiang Mai trip blog: How to get to Chiang Mai?

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Woman at Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai, Thailand

There are many different ways you can choose from but the three most useful suggestions are:

By air

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Lion Air

Booking airplane tickets of Nok Air, Silk Air, Lao Airlines, and Lion Air. The flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai cost about 80 USD – 120 USD for a roundtrip, you can also move by car but in a very far distance. Buy the airplane ticket to Bangkok, then continue with the domestic airplane ticket to Chiang Mai.

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Nok Air Airlines with regular discount policy is the best choice of many travelers
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Chiang Mai Airport

By bus

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Bus to Chiang Mai from Bangkok

From Bangkok, you take a bus (500 bath-800 bath) (17 USD-23 USD). The journey takes about 10 hours, depending on traffic.

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Chiang Mai bus station
Chiang Mai bus station

By train

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Train on the way to Chiang Mai

Express and rapid trains operated by the State Railways of Thailand leave for Chiang Mai from Bangkok’s Hua Lam Phong Station six times a day from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The trip takes about 11-12 hours on an express train. For more information, contact tel. 1690, or 02 223 7010.

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Hua Lam Phong train-station

Hua Lam Phong Station

Where to stay in Chiang Mai?

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Kaomai Lanna (Agoda.com or Booking.com)

Don’t need to worry as there is a good and various motels and hotels system here. To easily get access to famous places around Chiang Mai, you should choose a hotel in the old town or the Night Banzar region – the large night market in Chiang Mai.

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Tonnam Homestay Chiang Mai

The price of motels, hotels in Chiang Mai ranges from 350-800 bath (10 USD-23 USD) fully equipped with all amenities or hotels in The Old Citadel with the price of 1,800 bath (equivalent to 51 USD).

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Thai Akara Lanna Boutique Hotel

Here are some hotels, motels with good price for reference.

1. Green Tiger Vegetarian House

Address: 1/4 Sri Phum Road, Soi 7, T. Sri Phum, A.Muang, Old City, Chiang Mai.

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You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Green Tiger Vegetarian House on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

2. Prestige Cm Residence

Address: 213/3, Huay Kaew Rd, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Su Thep, Chiang Mai.

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Prestige Cm Residence chiangmai travel destinations
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You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Prestige Cm Residence on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

3. Tao’s Residence

Address: 174/3, Moo 8, Tambol Chaiyasathan, Chiang Mai, 50140 Chiang Mai.

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You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Tao’s Residence on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

4. Villa de Chiangmai

Address: 31/1 Soi 2 Changmoi Road, A. Muang, Chiangmai, Chang Moi, 50300 Chiang Mai.

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Are you looking for more best places to stay in Chiang Mai. Let’s check it out: Top hostels in Chiang Mai — 9 best hostels in Chiang Mai & cheap homestay in Chiang Mai. And Where to stay in Chiang Mai? — Top 3 best places to stay in Chiang Mai for first timers.

Chiang Mai visitors guide: 10 must-try experience when visiting Chiang Mai

There are many interesting things you can do when traveling to Chiang Mai.

1. Visit Doi Suthep

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You have to pass 309 high stone steps to admire the brilliant pagoda scene in sparkling gold. | chiang mai visitors guide

Located in the northwest of the city, this gorgeous temple is often the first stop for visitors. Coming up the 300 steps to the statue of snake stretches along both sides of the ridge, you can admire the panoramic view of the city.

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai. | chiang mai visitors guide

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. One of the most famous temples in Chiang Mai. | chiang mai visitors guide

2. Eat Khao Soi

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Pork Khao Soi

Crispy fried noodles with curry are often served with chicken or beef, add some other spices such as chili, pickled cabbage, chives and lemon is a great traditional dish of Chiang Mai. It can easily be found everywhere from the 5-star resorts to the sidewalk eateries.

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Chicken Khao Soy
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3. Foot massage at markets

The Chiang Mai bazaar attracts many tourists by its tradition and uniqueness. Sunday Walking Street on Ratchadamnoen Road with jewelry stores, clothing shops, and handicrafts are favored by many people.

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If you have tired after shopping, you can sit on the plastic seats placed on the sidewalk, where you’ll get foot massages for about $ 5 USD an hour.

4. Participate in the festivities

One of the most impressive festivals here is Songkran water festival, to celebrate the Thai’s New Year in April annually. Be prepared for the “water war” and do not forget to prepare buckets, pots, mini water cannons, water guns … to engage with indigenous people.

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The water festival Songkran-Thailand-the water festivals in Southeast Asian

Another impressive festival in Chiang Mai is the Yi Peng Lantern Festival, a “local version” of the Loy Thakrong Lantern Festival of Thailand. But instead of floating lanterns, local people chose to release thousands of lanterns into the sky.

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Release lanterns in Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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A woman pray before release the lantern in Loy Krathong Festival
Monks pray in Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai
Monks release lanterns in Loy Krathong Festival
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Realeas lanterns in Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai
Monks pray in Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai
Realeas lanterns in Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai

5. Camping under the stars

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Chiang Mai has a total of 7 national parks with extremely rich ecosystems, so do not miss the opportunity to camp in one of the parks there. Ob Luang National Park, an impressive landscape of the beautiful river beside gorge, with scattered boulders. Doi Inthanon National Park is the most famous place in Thailand with waterfalls, caves and is an ideal place to stargaze at night.

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Stunning sunset at Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon National Park is the most famous place in Thailand with waterfalls, caves and is an ideal place to stargaze at night.

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Read more: Doi Inthanon blog — The fullest guide for what to do in Doi Inthanon in 1 day.

6. Take a long trip

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The viewpoint on Kiw Mae Pan Trail Doi Inthanon. | chiang mai travel guide

Drive yourself on the beautiful roads of Chiang Mai is one of the most amazing experiences. One of the most famous places is Mae Hong Son mountain pass, with a journey of about 600 kilometers from Chiang Mai and go in the opposite direction via Pai, Mae Hong Son and Mae Sariang before returning to the starting point. You can also choose the shorter routes such as Samoeng pass, about 100 kilometers long.

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On the trek in Doi Inthanon
On the trek in Doi Inthanon. | chiang mai guide
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Ang Ka Nature Trail - Ang Ka Nature Trail Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiangmai, Thailand

7. Observe the city from a hot air balloon

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The best time to have a panoramic view of Chiang Mai from the hot air balloon is in the early morning when the green rice fields and valleys are integrally stunning. Bringing some snack and a bottle of champagne to enjoy is a poor idea.

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8. Bird watching at national parks

An experience that you should try when coming to Chiang Mai is visiting Doi Pha Hom Pok national park to watch the rare birds. Besides, it also has a hot spring suitable for you to relax and feel the fresh air.

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9. Come to the villages of ethnic minorities

Another interesting activity you should try is bamboo rafting on the Mae Wang river, where you will be close to the lush forests here. Or swinging on the trees at Mae Kampong’s trees.

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Mae Klang Luang village is a community resort, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, while looking at the rice terraces, before the move to new exciting discoveries.

10. Relax in Chiang Mai

It takes only 1-hour drive from the city, you will leisurely stroll on the Longtail boat and dine in a floating restaurant on Mae Ngat Lake, inside Sri Lanna National Park.

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Another site that is also very close to Chiang Mai is Huay Tung Tao lake, an impressive landscape with delicious food. Situated near Doi Suthep mountain, there are a lot of natural lakes, with the huts erected adjacent to the edge, you can order food from nearby restaurants, and swim as well.

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The mist flowing on valley at Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

Are you looking for more Chiang Mai travel guide and top things to do in Chiang Mai? Let’s read: Chiang Mai travel blog — The fullest Chiang Mai travel guide for a great trip to the “Rose of the North” of Thailand.

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