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Getting to Chiang Mai - information about how to get to Chiang Mai + timetables
Chiang Mai Trips - a selection of itineraries (tours + accommodation) that you can book to make the most of your time in Chiang Mai.
|Chiang Mai is the most popular destination in Northern Thailand. There are good
transportation links with the rest of Thailand and it offers high standards of
accommodation, restaurants and shopping. You can use Chiang Mai as a base to tour around
the rest of northern Thailand or touring Chiang Mai and the surrounding area can be a
holiday in itself.
There is a vast selection of accommodation in Chiang Mai, very reasonably priced. Choices range from downtown hotels in the heart of the Night Bazaar to quiet secluded resorts nestled in the hills surrounding the city.
Chiang Mai also offers a vast selection of restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. Try the traditional Northern Thai food, Central Thai or European; you may also find Indian, Chinese and Japanese without difficulty.
Chiang Mai is definitely one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Thailand and it is the premier destination for shopping. It is the major area for the production of handicrafts in Thailand and it's artisans are some of the most skilled in the world.
Your holiday in Chiang Mai can
be as adventurous or relaxed as you like. Many people come to Chiang Mai
because they want to get out in to the countryside and do some trekking.
Many people want to simply relax and tour the temples and look at the most
extensive range of handicrafts in Thailand. Chiang Mai has something for
The History of Chiang Mai dates back to 1296, when it was founded by King Mengrai. It became the centre of the Lanna kingdom, which spread throughout Northern Thailand, Laos, Burma and Southern China. It became important as a cultural and religious centre for many hundreds of years. The next phase of it's history, from the 16th to the 18th century, was dominated by Burmese invasion and occupation, which finally ended when it was recaptured by a noble from Lampang (Chao Kawila) and King Taksin (from Bangkok). From then on, it once again flourished with trade from Burma and China and also the logging industry. The 20th century saw increasing links with Bangkok but it wasn't until the 1930's that Chiang Mai was fully incorporated into the Thai kingdom (before then it had been ruled by local noble families).
of Chiang Mai are a major attraction.
It's very unlikely you will visit all the temples in Chiang Mai (there are over 300 ) but
most people choose some of the most well known to explore.
The Handicrafts are an important feature of Northern Thailand; an area famous for its skilled artisans. It is well worth taking a shopping trip for half a day to explore the Bosang umbrellas and famous Thai silk centres at Sankamphaeng. Along the way you will also see silver, lacquerware and celadon and many other crafts. If you are keen on woodcarving and furniture then head south to Ban Tawai - the famous woodcarving centre. For small crafts of many shapes and sizes, the Sunday market along Rachadamnoen Street and Tapae Gate is a shoppers paradise.
Cookery classes are great
value in Chiang Mai at around 800Bt/person/day. You will visit the local
market, learn about Thai food and be able to prepare, cook and eat a number
of famous dishes. It is a good option for a day after trekking to be able to
relax and learn something new at the same time.
Spas in Chiang Mai
are world class, and a visit to the North of
Thailand gives you the opportunity to try out the wide variety of treatments
and massages available.
Elephant Tours in Chiang Mai
are a must for anyone wanting to see these
magnificent creatures in their natural environment. The north has the
reputation for the best kept elephants and leads the way in many projects
for elephant conservation and welfare. We pick out the best places for you
to enjoy your experience with the elephants. All the camps are well managed
and are involved with elephant conservation and welfare.
Rafting Tours in Chiang Mai
can range from a relaxing trip on a handmade
bamboo raft to negotiating grade 3-4 rapids on a
whitewater trip using
international standard inflatable rafts. The rivers do vary according to the
seasons although bamboo rafting is available normally all year; the trip
being quite slow February-May and much quicker in the rainy season
July-October. Whitewater rafting is normally only available June-February.
Adventure Tours in Chiang Mai can range from longer treks to an exciting day trip. Our most popular adventure tours are the Whitewater Rafting Trip and the 1 day Mini Adventure. For a longer trip try our 3 day Doi Inthanon National Park Trekking Adventure.
Touring the Upper North of Thailand can be done using Chiang Mai as a base. Visit the Lao and Burmese borders as well as seeing the places of interest along the way such as Chiang Saen, Mae Sai, hilltribe villages and the Mekhong River. Our popular tour- Golden Triangle Explorer shows you the sights of the upper north at a leisurely pace.
Chiang Mai Trips - a variety of itineraries touring Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. Tours and accommodation included. Choose either 3 or 4 star hotels . Or stay in a Thai-Lanna style boutique hotel.
Don't miss the Thai Cookery courses when in Chiang Mai-
learn how to make your favourite dishes such as Green Curry, Pad Thai &
Tom Yum Gung and many more.
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