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.
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 http://www.chiangmaiairportonline.com/ 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: http://www.thailandtrainticket.com/
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.
Trek through Thailand's Northern Chiang Mai province, enjoying elephant rides through the jungle, bamboo rafting & visiting remote hill tribes
Enjoy an elephant trek through the Thai jungle, and help Mahouts care for their elephants near Chiang Mai
Visit Lisu, Lahu, Meo, Palong and Akha hill tribes in a 1 day trek from Chiang Mai, Thailand, and try bamboo rafting along the river
Half day tour of Chiang Mai's old city, visiting ancient temples including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Ched Yod
2 day trek visiting remote hill tribe villages. Try river rafting & elephant trekking and camp overnight in the Thai jungle
Explore tropical rainforest near Chiang Mai, flying down 5km of ziplines in the jungle canopy with Flight of the Gibbon!
Full day trek from Chiang Mai, exploring the jungle to see wildlife & visiting a scenic waterfall and bat cave
Combine exhilarating activities in a full day tour, white water rafting along the Taeng River, riding canopy zip lines and seeing a long neck tribe.
Take a drift down river in an inflatable tube, and relax @ the beach club with drinks, fun and games.
Trekking tour through the Thai jungle, visiting hill tribe villages, bat caves and waterfalls in northern Thailand
Escape the crowds & visit tourist-free areas of Chiang Mai province, visiting a butterfly & orchid farm, plus try elephant trekking and bamboo river rafting
Full day program for experienced mountain bikers. Ride up to four challenging downhill trails around Chiang Mai province.
Hop on a bike for a full day cycling tour through the winding countryside of Northern Thailand
Half day tour exploring Wat Phratat Doi Suthep (Mountain-top Buddhist Temple) & Hmong hill tribe hillage
Multi activity 3 day expedition exploring rural northern Thailand, passing dense jungle, hill tribe villages & hidden waterfalls
Full day adventure from Chiang Mai, elephant trekking through the Thai jungle, bamboo river rafting and visiting a Lisu hill tribe village
Incredible 4 day tour combining trekking, rafting, elephant rides, camping, hill tribe villages, cultural sites, caves, hot springs & more
Half day tour to the impresseive Doi Suthep temple, plus visit a hill tribe village and the amazing gardens at Phunping Palace above Chiang Mai
Have fun & get in shape joining a weekend fitness bootcamp in Chiang Mai, Thailand, involving Muay Thai, aerobics, circuit training and more
Visit ancient ruins and one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Thailand, and cycle through the winding Thai countryside
Trek through the jungle to the Palong hill tribe of Chiang Dao, learning Thai cookery and trying bamboo rafting along the way.
Kayak along the Ping River and trek through the Thai jungle, visiting a Palong hill tribe village and learning about their culture.
Intermediate level downhill mountain biking trail, descending the jungle covered slopes of Doi Pui mountain
Full day tour into Doi Inthanon National Park, scaling the highest peak in Thailand and visiting waterfalls and pagodas along the way
Savour a feast of northern Thai cuisine, with dinner acompanied by a traditional Thai dance performance
Descend beautiful Doi Poi mountain, stopping off at a coffee plantation. Relaxed mountain biking tour suitable for all levels of rider.
Explore the oldest market in Chiang Mai - Warorot Market, in an exciting half day tour taking in the sights, sounds and scents of a historical Thai market
Guided tour exploring temples within Chiang Mai's old city. Visit Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Suan Dok & Wat Chiang Mun
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