Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai

Located over 700km North-West of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is regarded as the capital of the North. It is positioned within a dramatic, rugged mountain landscape, sitting remotely at the top of the country, yet is very much a city focused on the future.

Chiang Mai is an intriguing, heady mix of ancient monuments and exciting modernism; and boasts over 300 temples in the neighbouring vicinity.

The area is famed for its hill-tribes, and Chiang Mai provides the perfect location for starting a guided hike into the mountains, in search of the fascinating mountain villages, each with their own cultural identity, religion and way of life. However, the city itself has much to offer, and in addition to the temples, there is a strong night-life scene, with a number of chic bars within the city walls.

Getting to Chiang Mai

Flights: There are regular flights to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, and also from other South-East Asian locations, such as China, Singapore and Laos. Visit for up to date details of flights. The Bangkok-Chiang Mai route is serviced by several Thai airlines, including Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, Thai Air Asia, Nok Air and Orient Thai Airlines.

Overland: Buses run regularly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and take on average, 12-15 hours, one way. Several operators (situated on Khao San Road, Bangkok) provide tickets, and the buses depart from Mo Chit Station. For something a little more comfortable, opt for a sleeper train, which departs regularly from Bangkok and allow you to see the country in a little more style. To book tickets, visit here:

Climate and Best Times to Visit Chiang Mai

Like much of South East Asia, Chiang Mai has three distinct seasons; hot, rainy and cool. The hot season, from March ‘til June, sees temperatures reach around 30c to 35c; but is less crowded, and prices are generally lower. Rainy season sees the countryside return to its lush, green state (July to September) and is a good time to visit (with a waterproof!) The cooler season (October to February), which sees temperatures of around 25c to 30c, is a popular time to visit the area, though bring a light jacket for the evenings, as it can get chilly.

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