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Temples and serenity in Chiang Mai

Book flights to Chiang Mai and discover the misty hillsides and leafy streets of northern Thailand’s largest city.

Chiang Mai is Thailand at its most authentic, vibrant yet laid-back with plenty of creative spots, coffee shops and welcoming temples.

night scene in chiang mai thailand

Chiang Mai was founded back in the 13th century and you can learn about its rich history by exploring the atmospheric streets of the Old City.

It’s a brilliant spot for day trips too – head to scenic waterfalls or lush jungles, where treks take you deep into the Thai countryside.

If there’s one thing that visitors to Chiang Mai always seem to remember, it’s the bustling markets that take over its streets when night falls. You can taste your way through the city at its many food stalls.

Fly to Chiang Mai and get to know the real Thailand with a trip to the country’s beautiful north.

What's the weather like in Chiang Mai?

What's the weather like in Chiang Mai?

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Chiang Mai has a temperate climate with warm conditions for much of the year.

May to August sees the highest temperatures, with average daytime conditions reaching the mid 30°Cs.

Rainfall is also frequent during this period, though the wet season runs from June to October.

The dry season lasts from December to late March, with temperatures in the high 20°Cs and considerably lower rainfall.

Reasons to visit Chiang Mai

Admire the beauty of Chiang Mai’s temples

There’s no shortage of temples here, with around 300 of them in the city and nearby countryside. Get to know one of the country’s most beautiful religious sites as you climb the heights of the Doi Suthep mountain and visit its landmark temple.

The building is covered in gold from top to bottom, making it a shining beacon that watches over the city and surrounding hills. If you’re looking for something a little closer to your hotel, head to Wat Chedi Luang in the Old City. This temple complex dates back over 600 years and was once home to Bangkok’s famed Emerald Buddha statue.

a selection of traditional selection of food from chiang mai

Taste authentic Thai cuisine

Book Chiang Mai flight tickets and find yourself in Thailand’s unofficial culinary capital. The best way to experience its delicious cuisine has to be with a visit to the markets that trade on Chang Khlan Road.

Your meal is quickly prepared in front of you and enjoyed elbow to elbow with other diners, giving a new definition to the term ‘fast food’. Don’t leave without trying the city’s speciality of khao soi, a curried noodle dish with juicy chicken seasoned with punchy spices.

While you’re at it, you can visit Wualai Road to pick up crafts and jewellery to take home with you as a souvenir.

misty mountains and flowers in chiang mai thailand

Head out into the mountains

Adventure seekers will be spoilt for choice when they fly to Chiang Mai. Surrounded by misty mountains and lush, tropical jungles, this is a paradise for those looking to explore the great outdoors. One of the most popular activities is trekking, with the well-trodden Pilgrim’s Trail leading up the Doi Suthep mountain among the many routes just waiting to be discovered.

If you’re feeling brave, why not have a go at zip-lining? Soar from peak to peak and admire the jungle from above in an experience you’ll never forget. Alternatively, climb aboard a raft and float along the Mae Taeng River, past picturesque villages and rice fields.

Things to know before you fly to Chiang Mai

plane Airport transfers

People arriving on Chiang Mai flights can make their way to the city centre in a taxi or tuk-tuk, both of which are a common sight outside the airport arrivals hall.

You could also book a transfer with Etihad – a driver will be waiting for you when you land.

charities Cultural considerations

No trip to Chiang Mai is complete without visiting some of the beautiful Buddhist temples. Dress modestly if this is your plan – both men and women need to cover their shoulders and knees. You’ll also be asked to remove your shoes before entering a temple.

currency Local currency

The national currency is the Thai baht (THB). ATMs are available throughout the city and some larger hotels, shops, restaurants and tourist attractions will accept credit cards.

globe Languages spoken

The national language is Thai. Many locals will also speak English, especially in the tourist areas.

Flying to Chiang Mai: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Chiang Mai?

Four or five days should be enough to see the city’s main sights, or you could spend a week taking day trips out to nearby towns like Pai. Chiang Mai could form the first stop on a wider tour of Thailand, with two to three weeks enough to see the whole country.

What should I eat in Chiang Mai?

Khao soi is the local dish, curried noodles served with meat or vegetables and crispy noodles on top. Chiang Mai’s food scene is best explored in its myriad street stalls and night markets.

Where should I stay in Chiang Mai?

There is plenty of accommodation to look at before you fly to Chiang Mai. The Old City is close to all the major attractions and has options to suit people travelling on a wide range of budgets. If you’re seeking something more luxurious, check out the hotels that line the riverside.

When are the public holidays in Chiang Mai?

Dates to bear in mind when booking a flight to Chiang Mai include April 13 to 15 (Songkran Festival, Thai new year), May 1 (Labour Day), May 4 (Coronation Day) and December 10 (Constitution Day). The other public holidays here include October 23 (Chulalongkorn Day) and April 6 (Chakri Day).

Why we love Chiang Mai

"Chiang Mai has a different feel to the rest of Thailand. It’s more laidback and gives visitors an ideal chance to experience authentic Thai culture. One of the best things to do here is to wander around the city’s markets at night tasting delicious street food."

Weather in Chiang Mai

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Saturday26 Sep 2020
33 °C
Sunday27 Sep 2020
31 °C
Monday28 Sep 2020
32 °C
Tuesday29 Sep 2020
33 °C
Wednesday30 Sep 2020
32 °C
Thursday1 Oct 2020
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