Pongyang Angdoi

49/3 Moo 2 Tambol Pongyang, Amphur Mea-Rim, Chiang Mai, 50180, Thailand
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Accomodation and transport in Chiang Mai

by ckoyen


This will be my first time visiting Chiang Mai..May I ask how do I get around Chiang Mai? And can anyone recommend me a convenient hotel which is easily assessible to sights/shopping?



RE: Accomodation and transport in Chiang Mai

by keszzz

- Metered taxis will be available at the airport, however unlike many cities, they do not cruise for passengers, but they can be phoned for pickup.

- Communal taxis called songtaws, are the most common form of public transportation. You flag 'em down and tell him where you want to go, and if it works for him, you hope in and go. The common fare for falangs is 20-baht, anywhere in the city.

- They have some air-condition busses in the city, but the routes and service are rather spotty.

- tuk-tuks

- motorbike and bicycle rentals are plentiful

- Chiang Mai is not a big city, so another good way to get around, is to walk.

I hope you enjoy Chiang Mai

RE: RE: Accomodation and transport in Chiang Mai

by vtveen

I can recommend the Park Hotel in Chiang Mai; about 1 km from the city centre, but that is not a problem. Transportation by tuk-tuk or taxi (although we saw almost no regular taxis in Chiang Mai), which is very cheap. See for more info and pics:

The sights within the old city are on walkable distance.
For Doi Suthep you have to take a tour or a song thaw.

happy travels

RE: RE: Accomodation and transport in Chiang Mai

by Mique

The CM blue guesthouse is a very good deal. Nice rooms, nicely located in the centre (not very far from the really nice sunday market) and a very good price (around $12 depending on the type of room). Email: tim@cmbluehouse.com or call at 66-53-4185112 Make a reservation ahead of time since it is usually booked.

Tuk-tuks en Songtaws (no idea how you would really spell it but this is how it sounds) are great to get around. Songtaws are red cars that drive around the city. Basically you flag one down and tell the driver where you want to go. If it fits in the schedule, you hop in in the back.

Renting a bike or motorcycle is also a nice way to get around. But don't worry, it is an extremely easy place to get around in and you'll get the hang of it soon enough

Re: Accomodation and transport in Chiang Mai

by SirHalberd

Montri Hotel, 2-6 Ratchadamnoen Rd. Across from the Thapae Gate. Within walking distance of night market. Travel agents, internet shops, good restaurants and bars close to hotel. Hotel has different priced rooms - all have A/C, hot water, TV and security box at front desk is available. They bring you back to the airport when your stay is over.

Contact info: www.norththaihotel.com/montri.html
or via email


Travel Tips for Chiang Mai

Loi Krathong

by iammon

This is a festival (best celebrated in the North) where the Thais thank the godness of water. Therefore the main activities are centred along rivers, lakes and canals. Krathong means raft. So all the Thais put small lotus-shaped baskets containing flowers, candels and money in the water at night. Big communes or companies have big rafts floating on the rivers. They are shown to the public during the day in the center of town. In Chiang Mai the Thais get crazy with fireworks as well. The also launch lots of paper hot-air ballons into the sky. It is very croweded close to the river and acctually a bit dangerous as well as they light the fireworks in the middle of the crowds. The latter at night the more crazy it gets I guess. But you should not miss that fun! It is on a full moon night in November.

Wooden Souvenirs

by evancheong about P.M. Woondcarving

This is the place you should visit if you are intending to buy any wooden carvings like those typical wooden Thai elephants. They are 1 of the exporter and producers of Teak wood handicraft and other carved furnitures. Being a wholesaler and retailer, its cheaper than other stores, more varieties and better quality. I finally bought a thai wooden statue which I have been eyeing for a long time. I paid only US$18 when other shops along the street offered me US$40 and some even higher. Can you see the price discrepancy!!

Cheap Flights from Bangkok

by nattybabe

I shopped around to find a cheap flight from Bangkok and I was spolit for choice with airlines. Only an hours flight it is a quick and easy way to get to Chiang Mai and the Chiang Mai airport is close to town so you don't have far to travel once you get there.

We ended up flying with Thai Airways as surprisingly they were the cheapest at the time: 200B one way. Not bad!!

If you're short on time then fly, it's cheap and easy!

Reasonably priced and sooo good

by riproy about The Lemontree

On two levels with a patio upstairs out back, the decor here is nothing to write home about but it is clean and tasteful (and there is no TV in sight).
The food here is just wonderful. Very tasty indeed. And it is not expensive at all, i think most dishes about between 40 and 60 baht. They also make great 'pun' - the fruit shakes.
This place is off the backpacker circuit but but it does see some expat traffic. The 'chu chee pak', the 'pla muek tot kratiem' are so good, and this place has the best wing bean salad ' yam toowa ploo' i have ever had in thailand.

Scale Doi Suthep

by riproy

On the west side of Chiangmai is Doi Suthep, a mini-mountain topped by a temple (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) and a Royal palace. The temple itself is pretty spectacular to look around, and the view over the city is great too - however smog often obscures the view especially in the cool season (Dec-Jan) as farmers are burning rice stubble in the fields.
This place is heavily touristed so there will be no shortage of trips climbing the hill. When you get there you will see all the tour buses. Still, it is worth the trip.
If your accommodation does not offer any organized trips to Doi Suthep, you can easily hail a little red truck that will take you up for enough baht.
Doi Suthep is right next to the city, past the University and the Zoo. It is a steep climb (11 km) as it rises up behind Chiangmai Zoo, but if you have the gluts, you can rent a bicycle and go nuts. It took me just over 40 minutes and a lot of water being in average shape. However you might not be able to climb the stairs to the temple once you get up there. Make sure your brakes are good for the trip down.


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