Temple in Chiang Mai

Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai, is found at the feet of northern Thailand’s picturesque peak and is famed for its surrounding majestic mountains and tranquil temples, of which it has over 300 Buddhist temples. The most famous temple to visit is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, often referred to as simply ‘Doi Suthep,’ which features a 306-step staircase and beautiful northern Thai architecture. In addition to temples, Chiang Mai is a good spot for relaxing among the cooler climes, particularly if you’ve come from Bangkok, but the more active can explore the surrounding hills, trek to traditional villages and look out for the Asian elephant. The food here is excellent too, as are the markets, and when you’ve had your fill you can always try cooking it yourself at one of the many cookery schools.

Popular Tailor-made Chiang Mai Holidays

Our tailor-made Journeys have been designed by our Experts to take in the best of Thailand, including Chiang Mai. These Chiang Mai holidays not only include international flights and hand-picked hotels, but also domestic flights, transfers, day tours and unique experiences such as cooking classes and homestays. Best of all, the below holidays are just an example of what we can arrange for you. To tailor an itinerary or to create a bespoke holiday, talk to one of our Experts today.  

Chiang Mai Holiday Types

Looking for something in particular in Chiang Mai? Our holiday types feature itineraries that visit Chiang Mai and Thailand with a range of interests in mind. Browse our Chiang Mai holiday types below or talk to one of our Experts for more ideas.

More About Chiang Mai

Population:  201,000

Currency: Thai baht

Language: Thai and English

Vaccinations: Vaccinations for tetanus and typhoid are recommended when visiting Thailand

Getting There

Flight time: The flight time for London to Bangkok is around 15 hours, typically with a stopover in Bangkok

Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa if staying for under 30 days.

Getting Around Chiang Mai

While Chiang Mai does have a bus network and car rental is possible, by far the best way to travel is to join the locals and travel by tuk-tuk or songthaew. Tuk-tuks, essentially a three-wheeled motorbike with two seats in the back, are easy and quick, and not very expensive, especially if you have good bargaining skills. Songthaews are larger, like covered pickup trucks with benches in them, and follow a fixed route. Flag one down and agree the price beforehand. 

When to Go to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s raised elevation gives it the advantage of being cooler and less humid than Bangkok and the islands, and makes a refreshing change from the stickiness of southern Thailand. Although the city can be visited all year round, the cool season from November to February is the most popular time to visit, but even the wet season from June to October brings refreshing breezes and lush green landscapes. For events, Songkran in April is a fantastic time to visit Chiang Mai, to celebrate Thai New Year with locals in a city-wide water fight. The Flower Festival in February also offers a unique experience as a floral parade runs through the city featuring orchids, roses and lilies in bloom.

Top 3 Things to Do in Chiang Mai

  • Enjoy a tour of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • See the city by bike
  • Join a cooking class

Why Book Your Chiang Mai Holiday with Flight Centre

We know Chiang Mai: Thailand is one our most popular destinations so naturally we know Chiang Mai very well. From the best hotels to the best flight options, our Experts cannot only help you plan the perfect Bangkok holiday but also include it within a wider itinerary of Thailand. 

Local knowledge: As part of the global Flight Centre Travel Group, we have staff on the ground in Chiang Mai who will be on hand to welcome you at the airport, drive you to your hotel and operate select tours during your stay. So from the UK to Thailand, we’re with you at every step to offer your up to date local information and peace of mind.

Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.

Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a Chiang Mai holiday from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.