Chiang Mai, Thailand: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Chiang Mai, known as the “Rose of the North”, is a place that combines both modern and cultural diversity. Tourists find this city as a quiet and peaceful place to relax after encountering the busy streets of Bangkok. It is a historical city; it was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and a center of Buddhism in Northern Thailand. The old city area still retains its walls and moats, which is now the historical center; the walled city. It’s the home of temples including the 14th century Wat Phra Singh and the 15th century Wat Chedi Luang. Aside from the temples, there are hill tribe villages for rafting and trekking, elephant camps, massage schools and spas, cultural performances, waterfalls, river, mountains, and other natural attractions. Being the second city of Thailand, tourists find a lot of good things to do in Chiang Mai, both modern and cultural. A day would not be enough for visitors to see the beauty of the city and a plan to stay for a couple of days would be a good choice. At night, the city becomes an enjoyable spot for visitors who wants to experience the city's nightlife. It also offers accommodations for a luxury or a budgeted stay. There are also tours and excursions to the places at the outskirts of the city that are arranged by some hotels.
The Chiang Mai International Airport is operating for both domestic and international flight. The busiest domestic route would be the route from Bangkok offering an every hour flight and added flights for the peak season. The airport is located 10 – 15 minute drive away from the city center. From the airport, there are legal airport taxis that charge 160 baht flat rate for 5 passengers anywhere in the city. From Bangkok and other city in Thailand, bus and train are available in the country. There are two official bus stations; the Arcade Bus Station with three terminals and the Chang Phuak Bus Station. From Bangkok, the travel time would be 12 hours for government buses that costs 400 baht – 800 baht and 9 hours for first class buses that costs 800 baht. In travelling by train, there are two options to choose from; the daytime services and the overnight sleeper services. The travel time is 14 – 16 hours, overnight sleeper service is recommended to have a comfortable travel experience. It usually costs 1400 baht for first class and 900 baht for the second class. From the bus station and the train station, there are taxis, tuk-tuks and other modes of transport in getting around the city.