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.
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.
Chiang Mai And Koh Samui Holidays
Bangkok And Krabi Twin Centre Holiday
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.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Explore Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep Temple Tour
- PRICE: £19 per person (price is subject to change)
Flight Of The Gibbons Zip Line
- PRICE: £94 per person - price is subject to change
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.
Flight of the Gibbon - Zip Wire
Soar through lush, ancient rainforest recognized as the most beautiful in all of Thailand.
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.
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.
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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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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