Tha Phae Gate is a 700 year old red brick wall located in the centre of Chiang Mai. This is the perfect meeting spot since it is hard to find a real "centre" in this city. It is recommended to take a walk around this magnificent wall, that used to be the only entrance to the city.
This Buddhist temple dates back to the 14th century but was not completed until the 15th century. You can find this impressive building right in the middle of the city. Enjoy the wonderful carvings and striking architecture of this temple that can be found in Chiang Mai’s historic area.
On the mountain of Doi Suthep, about 30 minutes from the city, you can find the spiritual temple Wat Phra Doi Suthep. This place is sacred to many people, hence very popular with both Thai people and tourists. Beware of the large amount of steps to get to the top of the temple, but once up, you can enjoy amazing views of the city.
If you like shopping, the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar downtown is a must. Imbibe the Thai culture while wandering around the streets where vendors sell everything from shoes to statues. This is definitely the place to go for souvenir shopping as you can find real bargains here. Do not forget to negotiate on prices.
Each year the Yi Peng tradition turns the city of Chiang Mai into a sea of floating lights. Hundreds of paper lanterns are sent to the sky in order to celebrate Buddha and to bring luck and happiness to the people. You shouldn't miss this spectacular event which usually takes place during the full moon of the 12 month of the year.
Zoe in Yellow is one of the trendiest clubs in town and a good place to chill out with friends. You can start your evening here with a tasty meal in the restaurant or bar. Later during the evening this place turns into a lively party scene. This is definitely the place for a great night out, from beginning to end.
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is the most famous market that stretches along the Ping River downtown. Here you will find many vendors selling just about everything. This place is great for people watching and for doing your souvenir shopping. It is hard not to buy something here.
A famous market is the crowded Sunday Walking Street starting at The Phae Gate running down the Ratchadamnoen Road. Vendors line up to sell a great variety of products like ethnic accessories. A selection of other markets includes the Kalare Night Bazaar, the charming Anusarn market and the Warorot Market.
Chiang Mai Airport is located near the city. At the airport you can find restaurants, shops and currency exchange. The easiest way to reach the city is by taxi or a tuk-tuk. These can be found right outside the airport terminal. A taxi to the city centre costs approximately 120B. At the airport there are car and limousine rental services available as well as parking. Note that some hotels offer airport transfer. On the upper floor you will find a transportation counter if you have any questions or need help.
Chiang Mai is a small city, hence very easy to walk around. The main means of transportation around the city are the tuk-tuks (motorbikes), songthaews (small buses) and trishaws (bicycles). The tuk-tuk will take you almost anywhere for 80-150B. A ride on a songthaew will cost you about 8-10B and a trishaw about 20-30B per journey. The main bus station is located approximately 15 minutes from the old town. Here you will find an information desk if you need help. It is preferable to book your bus ticket in advance. There are regular departures to Bangkok from the train station. The train station is located 2-3 kilometres east of the city. You can rent you own car or bicycle for discovering the area.