Located in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has a cool, pleasant climate all year round like Dalat in Vietnam. Dubbed as the rose of the Northern Thailand, this place is famous for majestic misty mountains, ancient buildings and a great place to eat, shop. It sounds like you liked it, right? So, what to do in Chiang Mai for 5 days and how to spend 5 days in chiang mai perfectly? Let’s check out our suggested Chiang Mai itinerary 5 days (Chiang Mai 5 days 4 nights itinerary) to find out the answer! Now, check out the recommended self-traveling trip to Chiang Mai for 5 days 4 nights with the following suggestions!
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Transportation in Chiang Mai
How to travel from Chiang Mai International Airport to City Center
Chiang Mai Airport is about 5km from the city, you can take a tuk tuk or taxi from the airport. Ideally, you should hire a taxi from the taxi stand area, the price is relatively cheap and can carries a lot of luggage. It is also a safe choice for you. In addition, visitors traveling in large groups can also rent a private car charter from Chiang Mai Airport to the city center at a discounted price. You can book this service right here at Klook.
How to get around Chiang Mai City
There are three main types of transportation in downtown Chiang Mai: tuk-tuk, songthaew and taxi.
Songthaew is the most recommended vehicle because it can park on the side of the road, as long as the driver knows the destination. Motorbike taxi prices are calculated by distance, a trip is about 20-60 baht, quite cheap. However, if you want to go to a faraway place, you should find and hire at travel agents to ensure safety and convenience.
If you need to go to many places to visit in Chiang Mai in a short time, please always rent a private car to be skilled drivers and local tour guides support carefully. You can rent a private car in Chiang Mai at Klook, with packages from 4 hours to 3 days.
Where should I stay in Chiang Mai?
Living Nomads suggests staying at a hotel just outside Chiang Mai’s Old Quater, “BIG TREE Boutique Hotel”. The price of a double room for one night is about 1.000 baht (about $32) and includes breakfast. The hotel rooms are spacious and clean, and the staff are very friendly. If you are interested in, you can visit the hotel’s official website for more useful information. Or booking via Booking.com or Agoda.com.
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The very detailed of 5 days in chiang mai itinerary – A pocket experience for you
Chiang Mai itinerary 5 days — Day 1: MAYA Shopping Mall – Nimman Road – Night Safari Chiang Mai
MAYA Shopping Mall
MAYA Shopping Mall is located in the heart of Chiang Mai city, is a advanced shopping center with many shops, food courts and cinemas, consider as the busiest place in Chiang Mai. Here, you can satisfy your passion for shopping, entertainment and eating. Thanks to the diverse activities, this mall has become a regular destination for families with young children and groups of friends to “go on a trip” together.
Address: 55 Huay Kaew Rd Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai.
Opening hours: 11 am – 10 pm (Saturdays open 1 hour earlier)
Phone: +66 52 081 555
Located in front of MAYA shopping mall is Nimmanhaemin street. This road is like a version of Huashan Road in Taipei. A lot of young designers open their small shops here and sell their own designs. There are also many very special cafes located along the road. Spend an afternoon walking around here and experiencing this trendy street of Chiang Mai. Do not forget to fully charge the phone battery and camera to “take” a lot of extremely “cool” photos to bring back home.
Chiang Mai Night Safari
Have you ever visited the zoo at night? If not, come to Chiang Mai to experience the super interesting and real Night Safari. Normally we only see animals during the day, but here, you can see how nocturnal animals will live when night falls.
The most special experience is the “Night Tour Car”. If you want to try the “Night Tour Car”, you can choose the Area Tickets package + Hotel pick up + Tour guide. In addition to the price offers, this package also includes a shuttle car and tour guide, which is very convenient for you.
Chiang Mai 5 days 4 nights itinerary — Day 2: Bicycle tour around Chiang Mai old town – Warorot Market – Night Market
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city, located inland with a humid climate like Bangkok; Chiang Mai is also an old city, so you should experience the beauty of Chiang Mai old town on this day.
Cycling tour around Chiang Mai Old Town
We recommend exploring Chiang Mai old town by taking a bicycle tour around Chiang Mai old town. Under the guidance of the team leader, you will be able to wander around Chiang Mai old town and explore the life of the local people. You can also enjoy visiting some famous old city attractions such as “Tha Phae Gate” or “Chiang Man Temple” on the way.
Warorot is a local market, selling a variety of groceries and goods such as dried food, shoes, hats, clothes, fabrics, skin care products, etc. What you need can be found here. All the main items on the first floor are dried food, the second floor is mainly shoes and other groceries, and the third floor is mainly clothing and fabrics. The most attracting point tourists because of its low price and stable quality, Warorot Market is a destination not to be missed if you want to buy home some unique souvenirs or delicious specialties of the land of the Golden Temples.
Address: 90 Wichayanon Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai
Opening hours: 5am – 11pm
Phone: +66 61 865 8958
Wua Lai Saturday Night Market
As one of the two main night markets in Chiang Mai, “Saturday Night Market”, as the its name, is only opening on Saturdays. Saturday night market is mainly located on Wua Lai, extending from the intersection of Thipanet Road to the gate of Chiang Mai citadel. If you come here with your group of friends, don’t worry about getting lost as you just need to go straight to be able to meet at the end of the market. It’s done!
Address: Wua Lai Rd, Tambon Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Opening hours: Saturday, 6pm to midnight, depending on the hours of each store.
How to get there: From Chiang Mai Gate at the south of Chiang Mai citadel, follow the Wua Lai road and come to the intersection with Thipanet road.
Chiang Mai 5 days 4 nights itinerary — Day 3: Fly through the forest – Massage – Night Market
Zipline through the forest (Jungle Flight)
Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains, locals have taken advantage of this terrain to create a unique jungle. If you’ve come to Chiang Mai, you can’t miss the experience of Jungle Zipline Adventure through the jungle, extremely worth to try. You will fly over the trees with panoramic views of the forest as if in Tai Mountain.
After spend a whole morning in the jungle, the first thing you should do when you return is to relax. Living Nomads recommends you come to Cheeva Spa, a very good Thai massage spa for two hours at 1600 baht (about $52). Although this is not the cheapest place, there is very good facilities and techniques, including pick up at hotel and small promotions after treatment. Make sure the experience here will make you extremely satisfied, regain energy to continue to wandering in the coming days.
Address: 4/2 Hussadhisewee Rd., Sriphum, Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phone: +66 (0) 53-211-400
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm
You can also experience at Let’s Relax’s massage salon chain of Thailand, which not only has a comfortable environment but is also highly appreciated for massage techniques. The most interesting thing is that after the massage, you will enjoy mango sticky rice.
If you book the Let’s Relax Chiang Mai massage service at Klook, the price will be cheaper. However, you still need to go to the website to make an appointment, because this shop is really famous and crowded, so if you do not make an appointment, it will be difficult to experience. Remember to make an appointment right after booking, otherwise you’ll miss!
Sunday Night Market
Sunday night market is the most recommended night market because of its location and convenient transportation. Unlike Saturday night market, Sunday night market is larger and sells more goods. If you have time to visit Chiang Mai, don’t forget to take a stroll here.
Address: The entire road at Rachadamnoen Rd, Chiang Mai Old Town
Opening hours: Sunday 6pm – midnight, depending on the opening hours of each store.
Getting theret: West of Phra Singh Pagoda extends to the Phae Gate. Mainly on Rachadamnoen Rd.
Chiang Mai itinerary 5 days — Day 4: White Temple – Black Temple (Black House) and Karen Long Neck Village
White Temple and Black Temple
The White Temple and Black Temple are located in Chiang Rai, northeast of Chiang Mai, also the northernmost city in Thailand. The White Temple was designed by Thai artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat and mainly tells the journey from hell to heaven. The Black Temple (Black House) was built by Thawan Duchanee and is a museum with the theme “Hell and death”.
Two buildings, one black and one white, one represents for hope, one represents for death, and there is a lot of meaning behind it. Let your guides in two places tell the interesting story behind it. Note that you will be able to save up to 30% when booking a tour of Black Temple & White Temple at Klook. Don’t miss out on this wonderful self-sufficient travel opportunity.
After visiting the two temples, you should make a trip to visit Long Neck village, the village of Kayan people, one of the ethnic minorities in Northern Thailand. Through this trip, you can explore the normal life of the long neck people, and it is the most valuable part of the trip. Although this is an extremely unique cultural beauty, the image of long-neck women is gradually becoming more sparse over time. Don’t wait any longer, head straight for Chiang Mai to see this unique image with your own eyes.
Address: Unnamed Road, Mae Raem, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
5 days in chiang mai — Day 5: Chiang Mai – Vietnam
So the 5 days and 4 nights (5 days in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 5 days 4 nights itinerary, Chiang Mai itinerary 5 days) trip in Chiang Mai ended so completely. Although there are still many other famous attractions in Chiang Mai, the above itinerary is just enough for you to explore many new cultural features, as well as relax during the trip. Do not forget to book a shuttle from the hotel to Chiang Mai Airport to make Chiang Mai self-sufficient trip become more complete than ever.
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in and from Chiang Mai you can refer to
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