Good to know for self-sufficient travelers to Chiang Mai

Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has a cool, pleasant climate and attracts visitors by adventure games.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Chiang Mai in the local language means "new city", located about 700 km from Bangkok.

It is also the capital of a province of the same name, spanning an area of 20,000 km2. Surrounding the city is hillsides and gentle mountains, so it is a suitable destination for nature lovers or couples, families who want to find a quiet resting place.

Time and Transportation

Time: With a mild and pleasant climate, visitors can visit Chiang Mai during the seasons. In summer, this place is cooler than other areas in Thailand so people and foreign tourists choose to relax. In late November to early February, the area blooms with many beautiful flowers, the climate also becomes colder.

Traveling to Chiang Mai: Previously, to go to "new city", tourists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City had to fly two flights: to Bangkok and then connecting to Chiang Mai. In addition to domestic airlines Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Jetstar are operating these routes, you can choose foreign airlines such as AirAsia or Bangkok Airways.

Currently, Bangkok Airways has a direct flight from Hanoi, time of about 2 hours, round trip from 200 USD (over VND 4 million).

Transportation in Chiang Mai: The main means of transportation in Thailand, including Chiang Mai is taxi, BTS subway, bus and tuk-tuk.

For a self-sufficient trip that saves money while exploring the culture of the host country, visitors can take a tuk-tuk. Alternatively, you can also rent a motorbike for 100 - 150 baht (about 72,000 - 110,000 VND) a day. Note, Thai traffic is on the left lane, so you must be firm on wheel to ensure safety.

Accommodation

This place has a full range of accommodations with prices at many affordable levels. Resort is usually located in the suburbs; The homestay, hotel and hostel are mainly concentrated in 2 areas: Nimman and Old Town. In terms of style, Nimman is younger, the Old Town is more ancient.
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort campus.
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort
Four Seasons Resort
In the city center, visitors are not difficult to find homestays and hostels with cheap prices, from 100 baht (about 70,000 VND). You can stay at Lek Guesthouse, A Little Bird Guesthouse, Mint House, 7 Century Guest House ...

If you want to relax at high-end hotels or resorts, you can refer to U Nimman Chiang Mai, 137 Pillars House or Four Seasons Resort with prices from 500 USD per night. These addresses have many room types, notably garden villas, about USD 750 per night.

Featured destination

Doi Suthep

This is a famous pilgrimage site for Thai people and a tourist attraction by the temple of the same name and view of the city from above.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep Temple or Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1383, located at an altitude of 1,073 m and about 15 km from the residential area. To reach the temple complex, you must pass 290 steep steps. Those who cannot climb, can use the cable car service.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Inside the main tower in the temple is a place of worshiping relics of Buddha. After visiting the temple for a round, remember the going to its back, where you can gain a panoramic view of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside.

Wat Suan Dok

This is an ancient temple, built in the 14th century, located on Suthep road. It used to be a national flower garden and the place where the white Chedi remains towers, containing the ashes of the royal members of Chiang Mai in the past. Coming here, you will see a 500-year-old bronze Buddha statue, one of the largest metal statues in Thailand.

Wat Phra Sing

Located in the inner suburbs, Wat Phra Sing is an ancient temple that is well known when it is holding the Buddha statue of Phra Phutthasihing.

Every year on the occasion of Songkran New Year, people around the region will solicit this sacred statue and then march around town and perform a traditional Buddhist bathing ritual.

Bhubing Palace

Bhubing Palace is a magnificent edifice surrounded by landscaped gardens, most notably a rose garden planted with many rare temperate plant species in Thailand. The palace is located in Doi Buak Ha area, Muang district, about 32 km northwest of Chiang Mai city center.

The building does not welcome visitors but allows taking photos and visiting the surrounding landscape. When visiting this view, remember to wear formal clothes and do not allow your shoulders to open.

Elephant Training Center

If you want to explore the natural life of Thailand's iconic animal for centuries, you can visit the elephant training center located next to the Ping River or Mae Taeng valley. Most of the area here is covered by hills.
Elephant Training Center
Elephant Training Center
Here, elephants will be released into the forests in the afternoon and evening to ensure the survival of the animals associated with nature.

Watch traditional dance or Muay Thai martial art

A trip to Chiang Mai is not perfect if you miss a Muay Thai match - traditional martial art and Thailand's popular sport. If you are bored with matches for tourists, you can ask the locals to find a place to enjoy a real match.

You also do not miss the traditional art performances such as dancing, singing, playing musical instruments ... The melodious sound with the shaking, skillful bends of the Lakhon dance will make you enjoy.
Traditional art perfomance in Thailand.

Pongyang Jungle Coaster adventure game area

Adventure game is one of the most attractive experiences in Chiang Mai. Some outstanding games such as zipline skating, aerial cycling, freestyle jumping, swings, coaster ...
Pongyang Jungle Coaster adventure game area
Bike on a rope across the abyss. Photo: Nguyen Minh Tuan.
Pongyang Jungle Coaster adventure game area
Pongyang Jungle Coaster adventure game area
Pongyang Jungle Coaster adventure game area
If you are adventurous, you can spend half a day or a day to experience it. A tour usually takes about 4-5 hours depending on the number of games. Prices also follow that difference, ranging between 1,600 - 2,400 baht (1-1.6 million). There is also a photography service when you are participating in the game, priced at 100 baht (about 70,000 VND) for a framed photo.

Bo Sang trade village

Guests visiting Bo Sang will have the opportunity to admire the umbrellas of all colors and patterns from extremely small to extremely large. Bo Sang is a village famous for its umbrella industry for at least 200 years. Materials such as silk, cotton or Sa (a special paper made from mulberry bark) and bamboo are locally produced.

Baan Kang Wat craft village

Baan Kang Wat is about 10 km west of central Chiang Mai. This is one of the complexes that attracts many young people by many lovely shops displaying traditional Thai handicrafts.
Baan Kang Wat craft village.
Baan Kang Wat craft village.
Baan Kang Wat craft village.
Baan Kang Wat craft village.
Baan Kang Wat craft village.
Every nook and cranny of this small, artistic and creative village will bring you many beautiful "virtual living" pictures.

Night market

At night, if you want to explore the bustling life of the locals you can visit the night market in Think Park. The market is located on the intersection of Nimmanhaemin and Huay Kaew. This place is popular with young people because of the lively and youthful atmosphere created by the creative handicraft shops and many stylish check-in shooting corners.

After visiting the market, you can visit the nearby Maya Lifestyle shopping center to shop.

Cafe

"In Chiang Mai, cafes are more than convenience stores" is a joke of many tourists when they have the opportunity to visit. You can spend the morning walking around the downtown area, stopping by a coffee shop of your choice and enjoying a variety of delicious drinks or pastries.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Almost every cafe in Chiang Mai has a unique and impressive decoration. Some suggested addresses: Woo Cafe, Graph Cafe, Baristro, ...

Cuisine 

The shops in Chiang Mai are mostly closed from 10pm; bar, pub is open later by 0h. Each store has different operating hours. Therefore, in order not to take the effort to the place where the shop is closed or not yet open, you should have an internet sim ready to search for information before moving.

Unlike Bangkok or the southern provinces, Chiang Mai cuisine is a bit influenced by Laos and Myanmar. However, the typical spicy taste of Thai food is not lost.

Here, sticky rice is a popular dish instead of rice. The dishes you must try such as Khao Soy, Sai Ua, Naem, Kanom Jeen Nam Ngeow which will be found in many street food stalls.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Also, do not forget to enjoy traditional dishes at the address named Saiyut and Doctor Sai kitchen or organic vegetable dishes at Oh ka Jhu restaurant. These are two of the culinary addresses that receive many compliments from travelers on travel sites.
Cuisine of Thailand.
Cuisine of Thailand.

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Notes

To facilitate the process of searching information or checking-in, you should buy a sim card at the airport. A sim with internet package for 3 days about 100 baht.

Prepare sunscreen, and sports clothes, shoes if you want to try the adventure game.

4 days 3 nights is a suitable time for a newcomer to Chiang Mai. If you have plenty of time, you can combine a visit to Chiang Rai - the province adjacent to Chiang Mai that is still quite wild, mild weather and well-known for famous historical sites.

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