Chiang Mai Travel Guide

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    Elephant trekking
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    Inside the Doi Suthep Buddhist temple
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Chiang Mai Highlights

  • Pro
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     Many Wats, Nice People, Amazing Northern Thailand 

  • Con
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     Highly commercialized 

  • In a nutshell
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     If Bangkok is all that you will experience I feel sorry for you...go to Chiang Mai! 

Chiang Mai Things to Do

  • Long Neck Women

    I came here, wherever it was, as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We arrived after visiting an orchid farm and riding elephant at the Chok Chai Elephant Camp but things just seemed to be very touristy with lots of souvenir stalls selling tribal arts and crafts and jewellery items. The girls here come from several different...

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  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist...

    Dear VT I am the one who was very tired with this temple,i need to climbed long and high stairs,lucky i don't have that tired ugly face photo.Temple of the Wat Phra That Doi Surthep is most famous area in Chiang Mai,with this temple they have 309 stairs step up to the destination.Beside,they have a easier way to help you reach the destination,and...

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  • Jungle Trek

    In all the touristic catalogs, Chiang Mai is advertised with waterfalls. Well, I don't know if we were taken to the best or not, but we were not impressed. It's only a healthy small walk in natural environment, which means a nice stop, but not a "must see"

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Chiang Mai Restaurants

  • Kantoke Palace

    It’s an experience that anyone must live. The food is good, as almost everywhere in Thailand, but distributed in small dishes, allowing you to taste everything. The greatest point, however, is the show, with the delicate Thai dances performed close to you, as you are eating. And if you saw my Czech page, you know that I'm a folk dance lover!

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  • Street Stalls and Vendors

    I come here not by chance but my passion for good food lead me to this street restaurant. When I passed by I saw the huge wok fire when the cook preparing the dishes I knew that I have come to the right place for diner. No doubt, true to my instinct and feeling. The surrounding has nothing special it just a open space in front of a Chinese temple....

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  • Gekko Garden

    Food: Thai and Western. Very, very good and inexpensive Ambience: Relaxed, chilled, no-hassle, no bar girls, great sports on TV, great music Surroundings: Thai, Japanese, American elclectic mix. Lots of cool shade from plants Atmosphere: Friendly, Great place for Families, Tourists, Locals, Everyone! Drinks: A wide selection and amazingly...

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Chiang Mai Nightlife

  • Pubs and Bars

    Nimmanheiman Road or Nimman Road as it is commonly referred to is a road full of bars, clubs, coffee shops and restaurants that is always buzzing every night of the week. It is about 2km to the west of the Old City and is the trendiest area in town. The sois (lanes) off Nimman Road are worth exploring as they have so many different types of bars...

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  • Night bazar

    The Night Bazaar is a huge market covering a long outdoor stretch of Chang Khlan Road between Tha Phae Road and Si Donchai Road, with the centre of the maelstrom in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Building, three storeys of shopping under a Thai temple-style roof. The bazaar area straddles both sides of the street, with a gauntlet of street vendors...

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  • Drink with the locals

    Nimmanheiman Road or Nimman Road as it is commonly referred to is a road full of bars, clubs, coffee shops and restaurants that is always buzzing every night of the week. It is about 2km to the west of the Old City and is the trendiest area in town. The sois (lanes) off Nimman Road are worth exploring as they have so many different types of bars...

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Chiang Mai Transportation

  • Tuc Tuc & bikes

    Like anywhere in Thailand, tuk-tuks are everywhere and are useful for getting around. All you need to do is wave them down (in a lot of cases they will actually ask you if you need a ride before you even consider it!) and tell them your destination. Very cheap way to get around and we negotiated a price before we left.

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  • Train

    Many people miss out on a wonderful experience by flying to Chiang Mai from Bangkok. The best choice is the overnight train, which is clean, safe, comfortable and fun. If you are a couple or a family with even numbered members I recommend the 1st class cabin. If you are traveling alone and/or don’t want to share a private cabin then 2nd class is...

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  • Busses

    There are a cheap buses that travel to Bangkok from Chiang Mai which i have avoided for many years as once i was on one that broke down halfway to Bangkok. We were left on our own as the driver was in no position to refund our money and a replacement bus never arrived, so we ended up paying another fare on a regular bus to Bangkok. However on my...

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Chiang Mai Shopping

  • Night Market

    This is Chiang Mai's main night time attraction, selling anything from clothes to souvenirs, wallets and crafts. Pretty much anything you can think of they have it here. Runs from 7pm-midnight every night. Anything from clothes to wallets, it has everything! As much as you want - most things are very cheap.

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  • One of the best night markets!

    This is Chiang Mai's main night time attraction, selling anything from clothes to souvenirs, wallets and crafts. Pretty much anything you can think of they have it here. Runs from 7pm-midnight every night. Anything from clothes to wallets, it has everything! As much as you want - most things are very cheap.

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  • Experience the real Chiang Mai

    This market is located several blocks north of the Night Bazaar where Changklan Road intersects with Changmoi Road, near the River Ping. Its history dates back to the 19th century when early markets were established along the Ping River on the outskirts of Chiang Mai city around 150 years ago. Parking around is almost impossible so you better get...

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Chiang Mai Local Customs

  • Correct behaviour

    To take off your shoes is extremely important when visiting temples. At the massage rooms, it was also necessary to do so. It was even requested at one of the restaurant I went to. So, it is helpful to wear shoes/sandals which can easily be taken off.

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  • Song Kran Festival

    Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. The date coincides with the day the sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, usually falling on April 13 of each year. The word "Songkran" means a passage or course and refers to the position of the sun within the solar system. As the sun enters each of...

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  • Excursions

    Interested in different kinds of Fruits and Plants not found in your country? Then there is a good chance of seeing something entirely different in an Akha & Lisu village. I saw a Longan Fruit tree, which was loaded with fruit, (in big clusters on the Tree), but not quite ready to eat. The fruit is not that big in size, about 1" diameter. We did...

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Chiang Mai Warnings and Dangers

  • Western scam artists!

    When my wife (who is Thai) and I walked near Old Town, we were approached by 2 enthusiastic Aussie men. They were handing out free scratch tickets where you could win prizes. I scratched the wax off my ticket and when one of the men saw I had 3 stars, he became very excited, as did his partner! According to them, we had won a week in an island...

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  • Taking a Taxi in Chiang Mai

    Be aware that all Taxi in Chiang Mai does not want to use the meter . If you ask them to use it they are not willing to drive . They overcharge all the tourist even the thai people . Always bargain and try to take a cheaper one . The TAT does nothing .

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  • Haze=Smoke

    I have been in Chiang Mai since last November ,and the air quality, up untill mid- March, has been acceptable. But. Untill the Thai institute emission controals (at least get the vehicles blowing clouds of exuast smoke off the roads) any area with traffic will be unpleasent at best. When the burning of the stubble in the fields and the under brush...

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Chiang Mai Tourist Traps

  • Elephant camps

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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  • Waterfalls

    One of Chiang Mai highlights in tourist brochures are the waterfalls. Well... I must confess that they are photogenic but very common. It's nice to walk in the wild, amidst bamboo and exotic plants, but, if your time is tight, you may skip them without sorrow.

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  • beware of private drivers

    We went on a tour to the temple and the driver very quietly offered his services to us as 'you only pay for the gasoline' He charged us 300 baht to go to visit the craft village. But we went to a Gem factory, Umbrella factory, Wooden furniture factory by then we had had enough but he wanted us to see one more, only 5 minutes he said. It was a...

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Chiang Mai What to Pack

  • CARRY A GOOD MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    SMALL BACKPACK TO CARRY DAY OUT NECESSITIES.. GOOD PAIR OF WALKING SHOES/BOOTSA SMALL PONCHO THAT ROLLS UP POCKETSIZE...AS IT RAINS HERE ANYTIME.. THE EXTREME HEAT AND HUMIDITY FOUND HERE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A GOOD RELIABLE MOSQUITO REPELLANT ...AND USE IT..ALSO CARRY A GOOD SUN BLOCK ...HAT AND SUN GLASSESANOTHER "HANDY" IS A SMALL BOTTLE OF...

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  • Get your best photo hand-painted

    Pick one of your best portrait photo and pack it into your luggage. You can transform your photo into a black & white portraint painting which is detailed and looks so... real. You really can't believe the painter there are so talented. Prices range from THB900 onwards, excluding postage charges to your home country.

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  • You will probably need this....

    Light luggage. Extra bag for souvenirs. Light clothing.Raincoat or umbrella. It rains....Walking shows. Everything is pretty close....and the baazar is pretty big. You WILL walk a lot. Insect Repellent, for sure.BUY tiger balm. I swear it cures everything. Polarizing lense - the skies get pretty freaky before the rain.Also, something to cover up...

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Chiang Mai Off The Beaten Path

  • Elephants and Rafting

    I came here as part of a long-necked tribe daytrip I did from Chiang Mai. We first rode on elephants for about 40 minutes or so alongside a river. We then transferred onto bamboo rafts and made our was back along the river so that we could get back to the camp. I have to say that the elephant camp didn't look all that good but then I had just come...

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  • Jungle Trek

    This towering waterfall, about 250m high at the top, is an awesome sight. You approach it near Doi Inthanon National Park, and as you're hiking through the jungle (about a 10 minute hike) you can hear the water pounding the rocks way before you actually see it. As you come around that last bend, the sight does not disappoint. The wide water...

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  • Doi Inthanon National Park

    Not a full bus for this tour, only 6 people including me! On leaving Chiang Mai, you head out in the countryside with mountain views. The road climbs, and the 1st stop is....... 1.........Vachirathan Waterfalls, (lovely) 2....... Siriphum Falls, another lovely one. 3....... A stop at a White Karen village, (this was not a set up one) 4...........

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Chiang Mai Sports & Outdoors

  • Yoga Studio Chiang Mai

    The only Yoga Studio that offers Open Classes. It is available for beginner and some that are more advanced. Classes start at 10am and 5pm every day. (except on weekend there is no afternoon class)Also, you will receive a card to keep track of your classes and every 7th attendance is free.You'll be streaching your way around Chiang Mai in no...

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  • Wild Rose Yoga Studio

    I've been back to Chiang Mai, Thailand many times in the last year and I always feel like I'm home after I've visited the Wild Rose Yoga Studio. The quality of the classes are as good as back home and the group of people who attend are always a fantastic mix of amazing locals, Thai Massage Students, serious yogis and many actual yoga teachers. Most...

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  • Porn Snooker

    Snooker is very popular in Thailand, and yes, that is exactly what it is the name of this snooker joint, why is this name? I have no idea ;-)

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Chiang Mai Favorites

  • Jungle Trek

    This is another Jungle Kid, the Little-Pinky-No-Pants. He is good at asking for candies, playing with baby puppy, riding a dog while twisting its ears like riding a motorbike, and playing with knife. He chop his fingers, without crying, laughing instead! I was woundering why these kids don't cry even he cut his fingers. Perhaps their born character...

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  • Excursions

    STOP 2 on DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR The Siriphum Waterfall is tall, pretty waterfall. The waterfalls are actually twins, two parallel streams of water, named for His Majesty King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. The name of these falls comes from a combination of Queen Sirikit and King Bhumibol, so you might sometimes see this...

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  • City activites and events

    In all packed tours we have to visit a few factories clearly prepared tor tourist and guide commissions. In Chiang Mai it looked a little bit different - as we were a small group we were taken from a small workshop to another covering all the popular activities, without the pressure to buy, and with the opportunity to a close and nice contact...

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