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Nestled in the verdant jungles and tranquil foothills of Southeast Asia’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you to receive your culture fix in Thailand. Colourful temples and night markets abound in this picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of this northern city, where you are free to be as active or as relaxed as you desire.

Chiang Mai was a significant capital city back in the 13th century. You can still see fragments of the old city walls, as well as many graceful Buddhist pagodas dotted across this delightfully green urban landscape: Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang are just two of the many lovely examples.

Nature and culture combine in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai holidays offer a diverse array of fun activities for you to indulge in. The friendly atmosphere might make you wish you had more time to spend here. After a day of temple-hopping, we highly recommend you head out to the night markets where you can slurp khao soi noodles and discover unique, local handicrafts for your loved ones. After an action-packed morning of whitewater rafting or ziplining, spend your afternoon in the kitchen with a hands-on Thai cooking course. We recommend you visit the traditional hill tribe villages as one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai, and a thrilling jungle trek is one of the ways to get to them.

Flights to Chiang Mai are a short hop from the capital, or you might wish to catch the overnight train for a fun-filled way to slumber before waking up in the north. Once you’ve explored Chiang Mai and nearby Chiang Rai, escape the hubbub of urban life and catch a flight from Chiang Mai Airport to one of Thailand’s many famous beach resorts for your chance to recharge and unwind.

Destination Highlights

  • Slowly soak in the culture of Chiang Mai as you amble around - the city is very flat making it ideal to experience it by foot or bicycle
  • Embrace the colourful Chiang Mai nightlife in arguably the best night market in Thailand
  • Cruise Mae Ping River aboard a longtail boat, and observe local life on the riverbank
  • Visit the exquisite and atmospheric Doi Suthep Temple, a holy Buddhist site with golden stupas and saffron-robed monks

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Chiang Mai holidays. With so many options for your Chiang Mai holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

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Bangkok Chiang Mai And Krabi Holiday

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £1,699 PP
Our Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Krabi multi centre holiday allows you to experience the best of everything Thailand has to...
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Multi centre holidays
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Chiang Mai And Koh Samui Holidays

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
Start your trip with a stay in Chiang Mai where you will find distinctive Thai culture, arts, and traditions amid...
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Cultural holidays
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Bangkok And Krabi Twin Centre Holiday

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,399 PP
Combine both city sightseeing and brilliant beaches on this dream multi centre trip to Bangkok and Krabi in Thailand. Krabi...
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Beach holidays
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Bangkok Chiang Mai Chiang Rai Tour

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,599 PP
Let the temples of Bangkok and Chiang Mai and the laidback charm of Chiang Rai dazzle you on this suggested...

Our favorite hotels


Our top recommendations on where to stay in Chiang Mai are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like just tell us and we’ll find the perfect Chiang Mai hotel to suit your needs.

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Chiang Mai

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Located along the banks of Mae Ping River and overlooking Suthep Mountain, the five-star Anantara Chiang Mai Resort provides a...
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Guide Price £1,299
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Chiang Mai

Tamarind Village

Set in the heart of historic Chiang Mai, the chic Tamarind Village is a charming boutique hotel designed in the...
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Guide Price £1,199
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Chiang Mai

Dusit D2

Set with the bustling night bazaar, restaurants and entertainment at its doorstep, Dusit D2 offers the ideal location and base...
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Guide Price £1,399
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Explore Chiang Mai

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours.

Flight Time

There are no direct flights to Chiang Mai. Thai Airways offer a daily service via Bangkok. In addition Bangkok Airways operates a daily service from Koh Samui, Phuket and Krabi to Chiang Mai.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if they’re staying less than 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Info

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Thailand.

Doi Suthep Temple Tour

This is a good tour to start off your stay in Chiang Mai by giving you an overview of the...
  • PRICE: £19 per person (price is subject to change)

Flight Of The Gibbons Zip Line

Experience the original, and still one of the longest, zipline canopy tours in Southeast Asia.  Soar through lush, ancient rainforest...
  • PRICE: £94 per person - price is subject to change
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Boat Trip On The Mae Ping River

This four-hour river cruise will see you gently meander up the River Ping, venturing out of Chiang Mai for a...
  • PRICE: £33 pp (price is subject to change)
  • APPROX. 4 HRS

Chiang Mai may be smaller and more relaxed than Bangkok but there is still an enormous amount to see and do there. There are cooking classes, temple visits, street food and culture. Beyond its boundaries, you'll find awe-inspiring scenery and unique communities deep in the mountains. The city is also home to numerous museums that give a glimpse into its rich history and we would recommend you take some time to explore the beautiful and numerous green spaces around the city. Time your visit right and you could witness one of the many festivals which the city hosts, such as Songkran Festival, Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival.

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Flight of the Gibbon - Zip Wire

Soar through lush, ancient rainforest recognized as the most beautiful in all of Thailand.

River cruise

Relax in Chiang Mai

Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along the cool waters of the River Ping. See the fascinating way of life along the river.

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep Temple

A great excursion to start off your stay in Chiang Mai by giving you an overview of the beautiful city with over 700 years of history.

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Chiang Mai Temples

Chiang Mai is home to around 300 Buddhist temples, some of which are older than the 700-year-old city itself.

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Average Weather in January

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Chiang Mai
28° C
8 mm

Average Weather in February

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Chiang Mai
31° C
7 mm

Average Weather in March

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Chiang Mai
34° C
14 mm

Average Weather in April

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Chiang Mai
35° C
47 mm

Average Weather in May

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Chiang Mai
33° C
150 mm

Average Weather in June

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Chiang Mai
31° C
100 mm

Average Weather in July

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Chiang Mai
30° C
141 mm

Average Weather in August

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Chiang Mai
30° C
167 mm

Average Weather in September

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Chiang Mai
30° C
197 mm

Average Weather in October

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Chiang Mai
29° C
148 mm

Average Weather in November

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Chiang Mai
29° C
36 mm

Average Weather in December

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Chiang Mai
28° C
15 mm
Tejal, Destination Specialist

“Try and stay in Chiang Mai over a Saturday or Sunday night – the night markets on these days are the best I have found in the whole of Thailand. It can get busy, but the atmosphere is wonderful.”

Tejal
Destination Specialist
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“Read up on the local customs before you arrive. It can be easy to offend – little things like touching someone on the head or pointing your finger are big no-no’s in Thailand.”

Katie
Destination Specialist
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“Get walking – it’s the best way to see Chiang Mai. Most hotels will be able to provide you with easy walking tours of the city. Give yourself time to meander, don’t rush – take in all the sight, sounds and smells – amazing.”

Omkar
Destination Specialist

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