Chiang Mai & North Thailand offer fascinating sightseeing tours, with numerous eco-adventure options, including elephant trecking and river rafting. All just a short drive outside the city…
Chiang Mai is the 2nd city of Thailand but is just a fraction of the size of Bangkok. It is compact, bustling and, despite some recent development, it retains a market town atmosphere. It is the main gateway to the region.
Flying time from Bangkok 60 minutes.
Chiang Rai is in the extreme northeast of the country, even smaller and more traditional, with the focal point of interest being the Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar) all meet.
December to March are the most popular months with cool (frequently chilly so warm jumper will be required) – early mornings and late evenings with temperatures then rising rapidly as midday approaches. March to May tends to be the driest and hottest months. June to November are the wetter, more humid months, characterised by sharp heavy showers.
In Chiang Mai, we have a selection of superb and highly impressive hotels. Great shopping, either in high-class boutiques or at the famous night market. Super restaurants with those located alongside the Mae Ping river particularly good.
Good airline access and direct flights to many of the resorts in the south. Chiang Rai is the point for exploring the Golden Triangle region and travelling on the Mekong River. The town has limited interest so the featured hotels are about 45 minutes drive away. There are flights linking Chiang Rai to Bangkok (65 minutes flight). We suggest the 6-hour scenic mountain pass drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai or vice versa, visiting hill tribes en route, although there is a more direct less interesting motorway option.
Development and regional tourism are growing apace, so at times the main sites can be crowded. The night market in Chiang Mai offers some fun purchases with haggling required, but the brand name might be misspelt!
Hotels & Resorts in Chiang Mai & North Thailand
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All price guides are Per Person Sharing Double Room (Entry level), based on travel between May and/or June when prices are generally at their lowest and include promotional offers.
Supplements will probably apply at other times, particularly mid-summer in the Med, and for rooms and/or transfers arranged for single travellers.
For example, the Caribbean and Indian Ocean prices for winter can be approximately double the May – June level and about 50% more in Asia.
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