Getting Around Chiang Mai

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There are several modes of both public and private transportation available to ensure your convenience when it comes to getting around Chiang Mai. They are as follows : 

Vehicles For Rent   

Currently, there are about 30 rental businesses operating in the city of Chiang Mai. cars, vans, motorcycles, and bicycles are available for hire at most of these rentals.
Insurance for cars is available at the majority of rental businesses.Vehicles are rented for a time period, with no limit put on the mileage. The only conditions are that you pay for the gas the vehicle uses and return it safely and on time. Most businesses will also require that you deposit your passport as a guarantee of the punctual and safe return of the vehicle.   


A pickup that has been converted into mini-bus with two long seats on each side. Regular routes of Song Taew are from the city to other districts in Chiang Mai and some nearby provinces. The fare is about 5-20 Bahts depending on distance.
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Airconditioned vans travel from Chiang Mai City to Chiang Dao and Fang daily. The vans leave the “Chang Perk Station” every hour from 07.30 to 16.30 . The fare is about 80 Baht. 

Local Bus   

Airconditioned and non-airconditioned buses travel from the “Chang Perk Station” to many tourist destinations in Chiang Mai every day.
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Public Transportation in Chiang Mai City   

Besides rentals, another way of getting around the city is through the use of public transportation. Songtaews, Tuk Tuks, or motorized three – wheel taxis; Samlors, or pedal trishaws and buses are all available public transportation. These are numerous and can be found everywhere in the city. 

Getting There Chiang Mai

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By Bus 

The 10-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on airconditioned coaches and non-airconditioned buses originating from the Northern Bus Terminal on Bangkok’s Kamphaeng Phet 2 Road (Tel: 0-2936-3660 or 0-2937-8055 for further details).
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There’re also buses travel from Chiang Mai to it’s nearby provinces every day.
Schedules & Fare Rates (Chiang Mai – Nearby Provinces)

By Air   

Thai Airways (Tel: Bangkok 0-2280-0060, 0-2628-2000) operates daily flights from Bangkok and other northern Thai cities. 

By Rail   

The State Railways of Thailand operate daily services from Bangkok’s Hualampong Railway Station, including a popular overnight sleeper. Telephone Bangkok 0-2223-7010 or 0-2233-7020 for further information.
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Shopping in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is, quite simply, Thailand’s major centre for quality handicrafts. The visitor need merely visit the nearest city emporium or night market to purchase an extraordinary variety of antiques, silver jewellery, hilltribe opium pipes and embroidery, Thai silks and cottons, basketry, celadon, silverware, furniture, lacquerware, woodcarvings and parasols.

A major advantage of shopping in Chiang Mai is that the visitor may watch artisans working within the city and in several outlying villages, particularly along the Bo Sang-San Kamphaeng road where, in genuine cottage industries, parasols, silk and cotton weaving, jewellery, wood-carving, silverware, celadon and lacquerware are manufactured, and number among popular purchases.

Chiang Mai Festivals

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Bo Sang Umbrella Fair 

 January 19-21 , Bo Sang, Sankamphaeng, Chiang Mai

Bo Sang Umbrella Fair Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai has become renowned for its exquisitely painted paper umbrellas, which are sought after by visitors from all over the world. An annual fair, held on the main street, celebrates the traditional art of umbrella making and painting, as well as features contests, exhibitions, sales of handicrafts, and a Miss Bo Sang beauty pageant. Come and see this festival for yourself. Advance reservations are necessary. 



Chiang Mai Songkran Festival   

April 11-15 , Tha Phae Gate and citywide, Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Songkran Festival To really enjoy Songkran, the traditional Thai NewYear, to its fullest, one should travel to Chiang Mai where there is a variety of religious and fun-related activities conducted along with parades and a Miss Songkran beauty competition. 





Mai Khan Pho Procession Festival   

April 13-15 , Amphoe Chom Thong, Chiang Mai

The Pho tree (Ficus Religiosa) has a close association with the Buddhist religion. Mai Kham Pho, literally wooden supports for trees in temple courtyards, are used by devotees who believe that the supports will bring them longevity and prosperity. Mai Kham Pho are prepared on April 13 and 14, accompanied by cultural performances. On April 15, there is a procession of Mai Kham Pho to local temples. 


Chiang Mai Food Festival   

December 12-16 , Tha Phae Gate, Chiang Mai

Internationally renowned, the unique tastes of Thai food are further enhanced in this annual festival in Chiang Mai that focuses on northern fare. Fruit and vegetable carving, ancient Thai dessert making demonstrations and enchanting Lanna cultural performances are some of the activities that can be enjoyed. 

Flower Festival  

February 2-4 , Buak Hat Park, Chiang Mai

The North is noted for its abundance of flowering plains, especially temperate zone species, which burst into full bloom towards the end of the cool season. Spectacular beautiful floral floats are the memorable feature of this 3—day festival in Chiang Mai also known as the Rose of the North . There are floral displays, local handicraft sales. and enchanting beauty pageants. 


Chiang Mai Winter Fair   

December – January , Chiang Mai City Hall, Chiang Mai
This annual fair, held at Chiang Mai’s city hall, features an assortment of local products and handicrafts for sale, an extravagant Miss Chiang Mai beauty Contest, and various forms of local entertainment. Everything comes alive especially at night. 


Thawai Village Woodcarving Fair   

January 29 – February , Thawai Village, Chiang Mai

This event highlights the talents of northern Thai woodcarving artisans and their work with demonstrations, contests and sales of woodcarving and other local handicrafts. There is also a street parade and various local cultural performances. 


Northern Lantern Festival & Yipeng Loi Krathong 

October 31 – November 1 , Chiang Mai Municipality Office and citywide, Chiang Mai

Northern Lantern Festival & Yipeng Loi KrathongCreating a mesmerizing sight an unusual ritual of this northern capital’s Loi Krathong Festival is the launching of Lanna-style hot air balloons, which is considered by locals to rid them of their troubles. Traditional floats ( Krathongs) are also set adrift on the Ping River. In addition, there are various other forms of fun and a glamorous beauty pageant. 


Intakin Festival   

June , Chedi Luang Temple ,Chiang Mai

Held at the Chedi Luang Temple,it lasts a week and is used to ask for peace and for rain to fall during the right seasons.The temple holds the city piller which traditionally marks the center of a town. 

Planning for Chiang Mai

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It takes totally one night to travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. We recommend traveling at night by train. First Class fare is about the same as airline ticket. Second class is cheaper by half and about the same as VIP buses. Traveling by train is much safer. In the morning you may also enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the railway on the way to Chiang Mai Station.

Chiang Mai is a big province with many tourist sites scattered in different parts of the province. Seeing all Chiang Mai’s tourist sites may take up to a week or more. If you have limited time, you should pick only important places, or choose to go to places in the same route in order to safe your time. The best time for traveling Chiang Mai is in winter, from November to February. During this time the weather is cool or even cold. On the top of mountains the temperature may fall to 0°C. Warm clothing is necessary.  


Attractions by Route

Chiang Mai City                        Doi Suthep Route                  Northern Route
Eastern Route                          Western Route                       Southern Route

Roads to most of tourist places in Chiang Mai are mountainous and meandering. However, they are good asphalt roads with beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers and green farmlands on both sides. Catch the sight of the scenery along the road and your trip will be more worthwhile. 

Southern Route

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Old Chiang Mai Cultural Centre

Highway 108
Located on the road to Chom Thong, the centre stages Lanna Thai cultural performances with a Khantoke Dinner. Objets d’art are displayed.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Earthenware & Lacquerware Shops

Highway 108
These are clustered together, some 4 kilometres from town, on the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road.
Hilltribes & Handicraft Centers

Wat Phra Borommathat Si Chom Thong

Wat Phra Borommathat Si Chom Thong58 km from Chiang Mai town ,108 route
This temple is 58 kilometres from Chiang Mai and dates from the mid-1400s. The temple houses a collection of bronze Buddha images, and the secondary chapel contains a holy Buddha relic.

Mae Klang Waterfall

Mae Klang Waterfallat the foot of Doi Inthanon Mountain on 1009 road
Chiang Mai’s most photographed waterfall lies some 58 kilometres west of the city at the foot of Doi Inthanon Mountain, and provides a picturesque setting for picnics and relaxation.
Natural Beauty


Borichinda Cave

Doi Inthanon National Park
Visiting the cave, which provides a pleasant setting for picnics, entails a 10-minute drive and a walk of some 2 hours from the Mae Klang Waterfall.
Natural Beauty

Mae Ya Waterfall

Mae Ya Waterfall12 km from Chom Thong market
This is located 12 kilometres from Chom Thong market and is one of the highest waterfalls in Thailand..
Natural Beauty



Ob Luang Gorge

Ob Luang Gorge108 route,88 km from Chiang Mai town
This picturesque gorge is 88 kilometres from Chiang Mai provincial capital, and is framed by teak forests and mountains.
Natural Beauty



Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park1009 road , Km 31
The 1,005-square-kilometre park covers Thailand’s highest mountain (2,565 metres). The lovely Wachirathan, Siriphum and Mae Pan waterfalls share the mountain with Meo and Karen hilltribe settlements. Forest above 1,800 metres is covered with lichens and wild orchids.
Natural Beauty 

Western Route

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Orchid & Butterfly Farms

Orchid & Butterfly FarmsMae Rim – Samoeng route
Major nurseries in the Mae Sa Valley include the Mountain Orchid, Mae Rim Orchid and Sai Nam Phung Orchid complexes. Each provide opportunities for visitors to admire these exotic year-round blooms. Certain orchid farms also have special butterfly enclosures wherein exotic species can be seen in their natural environment.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Mae Sa Waterfall

26 km from town,Mae Rim-Samoeng route
This 8-tiered waterfall is 26 kilometres from town and occupies a natural setting among gigantic, towering trees. 
Natural Beauty

Elephant Training Centres

Elephant Training CentresKm 10 on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route
Each morning, at Km 10 on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route, trained elephants demonstrate their formidable and highlyvalued forestry skills from 9.30 until 11.00 AM, at the Mae Sa Elephant Training Centre. The centre is some 30 kilometres from town. Admission is 80 baht per person. A jungle tour on elephant back, lasting more than two hours through adjacent forests, is offered after the show and costs 250 baht per person. Elephants can also be seen at the Pong Yaeng Elephant Centre at KM 19 on the same route, and the Elephant Nature Park at Mae Taman on the Chiang Mai-Fang Road, some 57 kilometres from Chiang Mai.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Queen Sirikit Botamic Garden

Queen Sirikit Botamic GardenKm 12 on Mae Rim-Samoeng route
Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden is located at the foothills of Doi Suthep-Pui, Mae Rim, covering an arear of about 960 hectares.The main objectives of the garden are to serve as a center of Thai flora for botanical study and research, to render services concerning biodiversity and environmental conservation, as well as to provide an aesthetic place for the general public.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens


ResortsMae Rim-Samoeng-Hang Dong route
Several picturesque resorts, with accommodation and dining facilities, offer bucolic rural living on the Mae Rim-Samoeng route (1096) and include Mae Sa Valley Resort, Kangsadan resort, Pong Yaeng Garden Resort and Erawan Resort, and the Samoeng-Hang Dong route (1239) which includes Lanna Resort, Baan Klang Doi resort, Krisadadoi Resort, Belle Villa and Suan Bua Resort. Some occupy hillsides, others secluded valleys.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Eastern Route

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Bo SangUmbrella/Parasol Village

1014 road,500 m from 1006 highway
The world-famous village is 9 kilometres from town, along a road lined with handicraft-producing factories. 

Bo SangUmbrella/Parasol VillageIn genuine cottage industries, young women manufacture silk and cotton umbrellas and paper parasols which are subsequently hand painted in various animal and floral designs. Generations of Bo Sang families have been engaged in umbrella and parasol making for more than 200 years.
Hilltribes & Handicraft Centers


San Kamphaeng Cotton & Silk Weaving Village

1006 route,13 k.m. form town
The village is the major source of all Thai silk and cotton produced in Chiang Mai. The fabrics are woven by local folk on traditional wooden looms, and are sold in a wide variety of plain lengths, plaids, brocades, stripes, prints and checks.
Hilltribes & Handicraft Centers


San Kamphaeng Hot Springs

36 km from town on 1006 route
This is located 36 kilometres from town amid natural surroundings of trees and verdant hills. The water has a high sulphur content and possesses curative and restorative properties. Accommodation, a swimming pool, dining facilities and segregated mineral water bathing rooms are available. Accommodation can be booked by contacting the San Kamphaeng Hot Spring Co-operative Village, Chiang Mai 50130 or Tel: 01-510-0418.
Natural Beauty 

Northern Route

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Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

Km 56 on Highway 107
This riverside enclave, at KM 56 on Highway 107, features daily shows of elephants at work, from 9.00 AM until 10.00 AM, and from 10.00 AM until 11.00 AM, and offers elephant rides, and opportunities for bucolic river-rafting through largely pristine and tranquil forests, or jungle treks to neighbouring hilltribe settlements.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Chiang Dao Caves

Km 72 on Highway 107
Sacred Buddha images occupy the caves of Wat Tham Chiang Dao at KM 72 on Highway 107. Caves are illuminated by electric lights. Deepest recesses can be explored with local guides.
Natural Beauty

Doi Ang Khang

107 route,163 km from Chiang Mai town
This royal agricultural station, 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai provincial capital, is a demonstration site for planting and researching flowering plants, temperate fruit trees, vegetables and other crops, and enjoys the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Natural Beauty

Fang Hot Springs

107 route,163 km from Chiang Mai town
Located at Ban Pin, also 163 kilometres north of Chiang Mai provincial capital, 50 hot springs occupy a 10-acre forest setting. Three boil continuously with a string smell of sulphur. Water temperatures at the springs range from 90 to 100 degrees Celsius.
Natural Beauty 

Doi Suthep Route

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Tribal Research Institute

Chiang Mai University campus on 1004 route
This contains a permanent cultural exhibition of northern hilltribes. The centre is open, Monday through Friday, from 8.30 AM until noon, and from 1.00 to 4.30 PM. 
Hilltribes & Handicraft Centers

Chiang Mai Arboreum

next to Chiang Mai University on 1004 route
The attractively landscaped garden contains many kinds of tropical trees and lovely flowers.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Chiang Mai Zoo

next to the Chiang Mai Arboreum on 1004 route
This artfully landscaped complex occupies the lower forested slopes of Suthep mountain, and contains a fascinating collection of Asian and African mammals and birds.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Huai Kaeo Falls

beside Chiang Mai Zoo on 1004 route
The cascade provides a delightful ambiance for relaxation and picnics.
Natural Beauty

Khruba Sriwichai Monument

Khruba Sriwichai Monumentfoot of Suthep Mountain
This monument honours the man whose followers built the first motor road to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in 1935. 



Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep15 km from town on 1004 route
This temple is Chiang Mai’s most important and visible landmark, and overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is 3,520 feet above sea level, and dates from 1383. The temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep Naga staircase comprising 290 steps. The less energetic may ascend by funicular railcars. The temple’s golden pagoda contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year. The temple compound offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside.

Phu Phing Palace

22 km from town on 1004 route
This is located on the same road, beyond Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, on Doi Buak Ha, 22 kilometres from town. The royal winter palace was built in 1962. The lavishly landscaped gardens and grounds are open to the general public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,and official holidays, when the Thai royal family is not in residence.
Palaces , Museums and Gardens

Doi Pui Tribal Village

4 km from Phu Phing Palace
This Meo tribal village is some 4 kilometres from the Phu Phing Palace, and offers vignettes of modern tribal life. 
Hilltribes & Handicraft Centers