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Welcome to Chiang Mai

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.

Things to Do in Chiang Mai

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.

Getting To and Around Chiang Mai

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.

Hotels in Chiang Mai

  • Located near the Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium, the Centre of the Universe Resort lets you live like a local. Three Thai-style cottages, or bungalows, sit in a private garden surrounding a swimming pool that's considered one of the largest in the city. Moderately priced, the cottages have air conditioning, TV, fridge, coffee and tea maker and Wi-Fi. The onsite restaurant overlooks the pool, with dining available inside or out.
  • It gets even more exotic at the Rainforest Luxury Boutique Hotel, close to the Chiang Mai Railway Station. The Boutique Wing is the most deluxe of the three buildings, featuring the Rainforest Rooms. The pool and grounds are filled with tropical plants and have brightly painted murals along many of the walls. The garden is particularly attractive to the local bird population.
  • The RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort is in the middle of town, on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Richly appointed rooms and suites are tucked within the gardens or overlooking the oversized pool. In addition to free Wi-Fi, each suite has its own home theatre system. Enjoy a massage at the RatiLanna Spa, then try an exotic dish at the open air dining room at Mia Terrace.