Thailand Guide: Chiang Mai (Part 1)

Last time, Asia Marvel illustrated the experience and the tips in Bangkok. To continue this series, our journalist this time will highlight the tips for self-organized trip in Chiang Mai.

Located in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai, since a very long time, has been one of the most popular destinations for tourists all over the world. Compares to the dynamic and noisy atmosphere of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is a bit quieter.

 

When to visit

If you have seen any picture about the Loy Krathong, you must be strongly impressed by the magnificent scene in that thousands of floating lanterns flying up to the sky. This festival is usually held in November annually. However, the specific date is changed every year. In term of weather, similar to Bangkok, Chiang Mai has pleasant with cool weather. However, the price of hotel also increases due to many tourists visiting the country at the same time. An important attention is that in August and September, there are hard rains in the north of Thailand and there might be flood in some areas near Chiang Mai.

 

Traveling

Normally, tourists go from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Tourists could have several choices.

  • Plane: There are plentiful of domestic flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai such as AirAsia, Nok Air, Lion Air…the cheapest price according to our journalist is about 800 baht. Nok Air is preferred the best as it is cheap and 15 kg of your stuffs will be checked for free. From Chiang Mai airport, it takes 3 km more to go to the center of the city, which you could travel by taxi
  • Bus: You better order the ticket before going. It could be handled through the internet. The price fluctuates from 520 to 800 Baht. The quality is good for all types of bus. The time for travelling is about 10 hours. Spending time on the bus is also an unforgettable trip for visitors. The buses have air conditioners, blanket and meals.
  • Train: Travelling by train is also very convenient, but it will be slower than going by bus. It takes about 12-14 hours to travel by train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. You can also book the tickets online.

 

Going in the city

The center of Chiang Mai is also called Old Town. Look from the map, it is like a giant rectangle. You can easily travel around the city by many vehicles such as taxi, tuk tuk, motor bikes or songthaew. Taxi is the most expensive. Songthaew could be waved and get on at anywhere. However, the most convenient and interesting way is to rent a motor bike or a bicycle and explore the whole city by yourself. Try to take a map with you or use the GPS to not get lost. Many providers might ask for your license, or you might have to use your passport or money for deposit. The price is about 200-300Baht/day, depends on the kind of vehicles. An important note is that you will go on the left side of the roads in Thailand. If you get caught by the police, you will get a penalty of 400 Baht.

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