Rent a motorbike at Mr. Beer rental.
The city is full of tuk-tuks so you can easily move all around with it. Or you can rent a motorbike for 300 THB / 1 day, Yamaha 250 ccm. It definitely worths if you want to explore the further surroundings of Chiang Mai. You don’t even need a driving license. You just leave your passport at the motorbike rental as a deposit. It’s better to wear your helmet because you can be fined with 400 THB by the police for not wearing it. At the petrol station you pay 100 THB maximum for the full tank, usually it’s less than 100 THB.
Unless you speak Thai getting around Chiang Mai can be a bit difficult at times. English speaking travel guides are not always available.
We met an English speaking guide, Verasak Singsakul (Indian parentage but born in Chiang Mai) at the airport and we used his service to get us to/from the airport and also to take us around Chiang Mai. He has a min-van that seats 9 passengers and his charges are reasonable.
CHiangmai becoming big city . But the transportation is not good yet. If you want to get around chiangmai but don't want to bargain or negotiate the price with Song taew. I recommend Taxi meter . YOu have to make a phone call for pick up service(20 Bath or 0.5 USD for pick up fee) and they charge you 1 USD for first 2 KM( not sure about this but it kind of cheap )
Or if you want to go to Airport . Taxi meter is a good choice too. You'll be charge about 3-5 USD from Downtown area to Airport
Trying to get out of the airport was a challenge. We had been told about the pre paid taxi for 100 B. We found the stand and a sign saying 120B, but nobody was there and no taxis. After considering walking as the idea of getting a metered taxi was not popular after our last time in Bangkok. We thought we would give the metered taxi a chance. We went to the stand (outside) It worked, it was the amount that we had been advised. We were dropped off where we asked and he smiled as he left. 50B paid at the stand and 60B to the old town
We met a great taxi driver who drove us from the airport to our hotel, in the cleanest car. Mr Narin is driver of car number 38, and has an excellent command of English, as well as providing a very reliable service.
We subsequently travelled from Chiang Mai to Chiang Saen with Mr Narin. He had a list of charges, rather than having to negotiate the fare. He also provided interesting information and guided us to the final destination.
I highly recommend his services.
While in Ching Mai we hired a guide/driver that stayed with us durind four days.
In the first day we went to Doi Suthep and many other temples inside Chiang Mai. During the second day we went to Golden Triangle – Laos, Myanmar, Mae Sae border,Chiang Sean, Hill tribes (long neck, long ear, ahka, Black Lahu, Palong) and a white temple near Chiang Mai.
On the third day Mae Taeng Elephant Camp, bamboo rafting, Lisu hill tribe, Orchids, Butterfly farm, Woodcarving, umbrela and silk.
On the forth day we went to the Zoo in the morning to visit the pandas.
His name is Pong, a licensed guide with great sense of humor, big car with aircon and perfect english.
You can contact him at : email@example.com
If you’re looking for a way to get out and see the surround area of Chiang Mai than I suggest renting a taxi by the day or by the hour. Count on spending about 150 Bath to 200 Bath an hour. I used this guy name Yai. He was really cool and his English wasn’t bad. He knew heaps about Chiang Mai being that he was born there and lived most of his life there. His car is a piece of crap, but he was the only taxi driver around who was willing to bargain with us and give us a fair price. Very nice guy.
Airport taxi is quite afforable 120baht per car flat rate. Journey takes about 15mins to Night Bazaar area.
Our plane back home was scheduled very early at 9am.We couldnt find any taxi to bring us to airport unless we pay 70baht per person (we find it too expensive for a group of 4). Managed to find tuk-tuk to bring us for price of 100baht. Sits 2-3persons. We find it very exciting especially in an early Sunday morning where there are few vehicles around. As its the winter season,it was cold and windy during the ride but we enjoyed it very much!
ou dont need to join any day trips tour to get to Doi Suthep. Flag down any red Songthaew in Chiang Mai and asked if the driver is heading for Chiang Mai University. If yes, make sure you bargain the fare for THB20 per person and get onto the Songthaew for a city tour.
The journey from old city will take at least half an hour from downtown to Chiang Mai University for THB20. Alight outside the Chiang Mai University where you transfer to another red Songthaew heading up to Doi Suthep for THB40 per person. Be patient as they will only leave when the Songthaew is fully packed with around 13 pax before they set off.
The journey up to Doi Suthep took us an hour due to heavy traffice on Sunday and it was the King's birthday on 5 Dec.
To make it back to town, there are lots of red Songthaew waiting at the foot step of Doi Suthep. The highest fare to pay is THB40 per person which will bring you to either opposite Chiang Mai Zoo or opp Chiang Mai University where you may transfer to another red Songthaew which will bring you back to town for THB20 per person.
The Songthaew in Chiang Mai are typically red in color which travel around the city area. These are covered pick up with two benches at the back and passengers may stand on a platform attached to the rear if the seats are taken.
Songthaews are used as shared taxis for passengers travelling in roughly the same direction. To board one just flag down and the driver will stop and you just tell him which street you are heading for and ask how much. Press the button on the roof of the cab when you wish to alight.
There are other coloured songthaew which indicates the general route. Most common by far are red songthaews, which roam the main streets in the city itself. White, yellow, blue and green songthaews could also be seen which takes you to other part of Chiang Mai.
From airport to town THB80
From old city to Chiang Mai University THB20
From Chiang Mai University to Doi Suthep THB40
From old city to Night Bizzare THB20
With Air Condition
Takes you to touristy places
Call Dum: 09 6058960 there
Temple Up High > Beautiful forest > Foot print of someone like a God??? How do I explain?? Yeah ask him, he'll take you there.
If you're looking for a driver while in Chiang Mai I suggest giving Ben a call or drop him an email before you get there.
He was recommended to us by our lovely tuk tuk driver, Thip.
Ben is terrific as a guide. He's a Dane who has lived in Chiang Mai for a few years. He speaks English, Thai, Scandinavian and German.
His prices are more than reasonable for day trips in his 4wheel drive.
Moving around Chiang Mai is easy. With a map, you can move around on foot..And enjoy the local culture along the way. Went to around 5 'Wat' in the Chiang Mai city with a map. got lost once, but the friendly locals help us to find our way. He even draw us a map to our destination.
The Tuk Tuk drivers in Chiang Mai seem to be from a different school to the drivers in Bangkok and Phuket. The drivers are more polite, easier to negotiate with and cheaper then some other places. Should only cost a couple hundred baht to tour around for a couple of hours around the city.
When you are in Chiang Mai you will immediately notice that everyone travels around on motorcycles. The traffic may seem overwhelming and dangerous - but I still highly recommend that you at least try to participate and mix in with the locals.
I have never ridden on a motorcycle in my life before coming to Chiang Mai - and the experience of learning and riding around and outside of town has been of the best I've had in Thailand. The notbikes are not hard to handle - some even come without a clutch - so it's just like riding a bicycle.
The traffic is actually not that bad - everyone is very polite as long as you don't try to be a showoff.
It costs about 150 baht per day for a decent motorcycle. I would advise against getting a shiny new one, because apparently you might be changed fees fo scratching the spotless surface when returning the bike.
The advange of being in control of your own transportation is the immense freedom you now have to go wherever you want. You can ride up to the temple in the mountains, you can explore more of the city - or you can even hit the highways and explore the surrounding areas. I promise you that you will be entirely on your own - all the other tourists arrive at the same time on their buses and tuk-tuks.
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