Chiang Mai

Located 700 kilometres north west of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is often referred to as ‘Rose of the North’ not only for the masses of flowers that thrive in the cooler mountain climate, but also for its ethnic hill tribes, historic temples, scenic mountain beauty and distinctive culture. Close to the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand meet, the mountains around Chiang Mai are home to a number of hill tribes still following many of their traditional ways and producing handicrafts which keep their culture alive.

Thailand’s second city, Chiang Mai has deep historical roots. Founded in 1296, this former capital of the independent Lanna Thai Kingdom, flourished as a major religious, cultural and trading centre until the Burmese invasion in 1556. Expelled in 1785, Lanna Thai once again became part of Thailand and has continued to thrive, evolving slowly into a modern city with a unique character and heritage that can still be seen in the temples, houses and sculptures.

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  • The Chedi

  • The Chedi Chiang Mai is an elegant retreat, offering all the pleasures of resort living in the heart of a historical city. Strategically located on th
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  • Dusit D2

  • Located just off the famous Chang Klan road, the 131 rooms Dusit D2 sits in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai, with the bustling night bazaar, restaura
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  • Sala Lanna

  • Sala Lanna Chiang Mai is located along the popular east bank of the famous Ping River in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand, an area that was once the
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  • Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort

  • Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort is nestled high up in the hills, surrounded by tropical forests, flower gardens and orchards, in Maerim, north-west of
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  • Tamarind Village

  • Tamarind Village Chiang Mai is a contemporary boutique property located at the heart of Chiang Mai’s old town. Inspired by the architecture and
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  • Day Trips And Sightseeing Tours

  • Chiang Mai City Temples Tour: Morning or afternoon tour - 09:00 to 12:30 or 13:30 to 17:00. Visit the famous landmarks of Chiang Mai: Wat Chiang
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Fact File

CapitalBangkok

LanguageThai (English widely spoken)

ClimateThailand’s climate is tropical, high both in temperature and humidity. April and May are the hottest months of the year. June sees the beginning of the South West Monsoon, and brings with it the rainy season, which continues intermittently until the end of October. From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling north east breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. The north and north east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2°C

CurrencyThai Baht (THB)

VisaRequired for stays exceeding 30 days

HealthAdvised immunisation against malaria, hepatitis, polio, typhoid, tetanus and cholera

PassportsMust be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Thailand

Time ZoneGMT + 7 hours