Chiang Mai is located in the
N part of Thailand, center for northern Thai culture, economy
The town itself has developed
into a modern city crowded with modern commercial buildings and
suffering from traffic congestion. Initially there seems little
remaining of old Thailand however even in the center you can
find many temples and areas that still retain a local character
where locals are maintaining a traditional lifestyle.
Festival time is a good time to visit as many events are held
It is also the main base for
trekking to areas near Laos, Myanmar & China and visiting
hill tribe villages.
From BKK: Easy access by many night trains and
night buses. The cheapest transport is a tourist bus from Khaosan
Rd. This bus arrives a bit out from the center. You have to take
a transport to the center.
From major cities in other area, many buses running to CM.
When you arrive at a
Chiang Mai transport hub, you can take a city bus to the
center or other transport hubs. 15B
to the airport:
to the city center
Meter taxi: 40-60B + airport fee 50B
City bus: To Tha Pae
Gate #11, to the arcade bus station #11, 6, to
Chang Puak Bus station #6
to the train station.
Pickups to the center
City Bus: Tto Tha Pae Gate/Arcade bus station/Airport
Many GH are offering free ride. Even if you do not have
a reservation you may take one of them.But they will never give
you a room unless you buy their trekking tour, 3-500B more expensive
than trekking agents.If they will not provide a room, you may
leave to other GH
at Arcade bus station.
pickup trucks to the city center 20B/p.Meter
City bus: To Tha Pae Gate #11, 13, to the
train station #13, to the airport #11, 6, to Chang
Puak Bus station #6
at Chang Phuak Bus station from the area N from C.M.,
pickups to the center 20B/p
City bus: To the airport City Bus # 6, to
Arcade Bus station City Bus # 6