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Chiang Mai may be Thailand's second largest city, but it has a restfulness and beauty that is light years away from the bustle of Bangkok. Instead, it is a city nestled in the hills of northern Thailand which is filled with centuries-old Buddhist temples.

Anyone interested in art and culture should visit sights like the Wat Phra Singh temple, with its world-famous Lion Buddha image and walls that are covered in dazzling mural artworks. There are also fascinating museums to explore, such as the Lanna Folklore Museum.

Shopping is another highlight, and a trip to the market at Talat Warorot is an unforgettable experience (and a great place to buy unique souvenirs for those back home).

Although the city is a fine destination for history lovers, it also boasts a lively nightlife, courtesy of the thousands of students that it hosts, and party fans will feel at home right away. Chiang Mai is also a city of restaurants, from gourmet vegan curries to riverside diners, ensuring that all tastes will be catered for.

The area around Chiang Mai is filled with natural beauty and outdoor activities as well. Get to know some charismatic locals at the Patara Elephant Sanctuary, head out rock climbing under expert supervision or relax on a rafting expedition with a hamper full of food and drink.

There are adrenaline rushes to be had as well, with companies in Chiang Mai organizing whitewater adventures, as well as the "Flight of the Gibbon" park, which offers 33 different of zip-lines in beautiful surroundings.

And if all of that sounds like too much excitement, Chiang Mai is also home to several relaxation spas, providing traditional Thai massage.

Best Time to Fly to Chiang Mai

With the area's tropical climate, it's important to pick the right season to visit. November is thought to be the ideal month to travel as temperatures hover around 30 degrees and the festival season gets into gear. Bear in mind that when festivals, such as Loy Krathong, are on hotel prices tend to rise. For a budget trip October or March might be just right.

Getting around Chiang Mai

For a quintessentially Thai experience, you can navigate the streets of Chiang Mai via tuk-tuk (a cross between a small van and a moped). They are plentiful and cheap, but be sure to arrange a price before leaving. Other options include vans with covered areas for passengers (known as "songthaews"), as well as privately rented cars. Cycle-powered "samlors" are also a common sight and a relaxing way to see the city.

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This is useful information about Chiang Mai

Temp on Avg for this month inChiang Mai88.5 °FSource: World Weather Online
Avg rainfall for this month inChiang Mai4.48 inSource: World Weather Online
Foreign-exchange rate inChiang Mai฿1.00 = $0.03Source: Open Exchange Rates
Which airlines fly toChiang MaiKorean Airlines, Thai Airways and Bangkok Airways
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More useful information about Chiang Mai

  • A direct flight to Thailand during peak tourist season would occur between November and February.
  • If you are flying to Bankok, the busy season is November to March.
  • The hot season for Thailand take place between the months of March and May.
  • Thailand's largest and most popular island is Phuket (pronounced "Poo-ket").
  • Chiang Mai is the place to shop for fine antiques, huge Buddhas, and high-quality handcrafts.
  • The two climate zones of Thailand are a tropical savanna in the north and tropical in the south.
  • If you are flexible with your departure, you can find deals on one way flights to Thailand.
  • Take a last minute flight to Thailand to enjoy the infamous Bankok nightlife.

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How much do things cost in Chiang Mai?

Meal at McDonald's or similar $5.05
Imported beer (0.33 liter bottle) $2.66
Cheap meal $1.51
Cappuccino $1.66
Imported beer (0.33 liter) $3.62
Bottle of local beer (0.5 liter) $1.55
Local draught beer (0.5 liter) $2.11
Gasoline $3.78
Bottle of wine $15.09
3 bedroom apartment downtown $689.11