Mar 2, 2020 - Mar 3, 2020
2 adults - 1 room
The name Chiang Mai means "new city." By Thai standards, a city founded in 1296 is fairly new. This colourful locale is filled with temples and populated by a people that really love to celebrate just about anything. If you'd like to visit this enchanting part of Thailand, let Skyscanner help you find the cheapest hotels and the best airfares. Your exotic adventure awaits.
The already vibrant city is awash in colourful flowers during the first weekend in February. The annual Chiang Mai Flower Festival includes an equally eye-popping carnival and a slow-moving parade that begs to be photographed. Local businesses fill their flower boxes with petals of every hue, the brighter the better. Bonsai trees, full size trees that have been stunted and trained to remain tiny, are also on display.
Plan to be in town during mid-April? Celebrate the Thai New Year with the Songkran Festival. Translated, it means water festival. There's a good chance you'll get wet when attending the festivities. It's traditional to pour water over everyone, and with the advent of water guns the event has turned into a full blown water fight. It's hot in April, so getting a bit of a dunking is usually not so bad.
The heart of Chiang Mai is historic Old Town. Take a tour or walk the streets on your own. You'll find a bronze statue honouring the founder of Chiang Mei, King Mengrai and his two companions. The elaborate Temple of the Fortified City, the oldest in the city, is also home to the oldest Buddha, added in 1465. The White Elephant Gate is part of the fortified wall by built by King Megrai. The wall stood intact for centuries, only to be destroyed during WWII. Using pictures from the late 1800s, the wall was later rebuilt.
The Chiang Mai International Airport is only seven kilometres from the city centre. Car rentals are available, with desks outside baggage claim, and it is a viable option if you're comfortable with city driving. You'll also drive on the left, just like in England. An option is to take a taxi into town and pick up a rental car at an outlet in the city. Usually you can get by without a car, as taxis are plentiful and fairly reasonable. A ride from the airport to downtown runs about $6.00 CAD. Accepted currency is the Thai Baht.
Unforgettable experience. Warm people, great food and the perfect place to settle after months of travelling around. The city is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery. Chiang Mai Lover
Reminds me of where I grew up. Being so far from home, makes me feel at home.
Chiang Mai is the main hub in the north for tourists for a reason. It's full of great food, lovely temples, and many nearby excursions. Don't miss it!
I absolutely love Chiang Mai. The city is the perfect mix of Thai culture and foreign influence with plenty of attractions, natural beauty, Buddhist spirituality, food from nearly everywhere, trendy coffee shops and cheap prices.