1. About Chiang Mai city tour

Chiang Mai is a large city in the northern part of the Golden Temple country of Thailand, located between mountains and jungle. Chiang Mai covers an area of more than 40 km2, and going from Bangkok to Chiang Mai takes about 700 km, depending on the route of travel. Coming to Chiang Mai, you will be able to explore the famous monuments that were once part of the heart of the Lanna Empire: temples, shrines, local markets, parks, malls, arts and culture centers, as well as other exciting outdoor recreation activities.

With its amazing natural beauty and rich culture, Chiang Mai is a popular tourist destination in Thailand, attracting millions of tourists every year. Chiang Mai is the place for you to relax, immerse yourself in nature, enjoy delicious food, and discover the unique culture here.So, let’s find out some information you need to know for your Chiang Mai city tour.

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2. The best time to participate in Chiang Mai city tour

Quite similar to the weather in the southern region of Vietnam, Chiang Mai, Thailand, also has two main seasons: the dry season and the rainy season. The most beautiful and ideal time to travel to Chiang Mai is from November to February of the following year. At this time, the weather is drier and cooler than other months of the year, with average temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

This is also the time when there are many exciting and unique cultural exchange festivals, such as the Yi Peng Festival in May, the Loy Krathong Festival, and the Flower Festival in February. You will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Discover all the interesting things here.

However, this is also the peak tourist season, so the cost of the trip will increase. Therefore, to save money, you can also choose to travel to Chiang Mai at other times of the year, but you should avoid the rainy season in Chiang Mai in August and September.

3. Popular means of transportation in Chiang Mai

3.1. Song Taew

A Song Taew car in the shape of a tuk tuk is a popular means of transport in Chiang Mai. If you’re using a Song Taew car to get around, make sure to tell the driver about your destination in advance, and don’t forget to ask about the price and cost before boarding.

3.2. Tuk Tuk

Tuk-tuk is an iconic means of transportation widely used in Chiang Mai. This is a type of tricycle that is usually small in size and can carry from 2 to 6 people. The cost of moving is not too different from the Song Taew car.

3.3. Technology car

Currently, with the strong development of technology companies, you can choose from many different means of transportation on technology car apps such as Grab, Bolt, etc. The cost of moving technology is guaranteed.

3.4. Rent Motorcycles

Chiang Mai travel experience shares that you should rent a motorbike to move around in Chiang Mai; the rental price will range from 5.75 to 8.63 USD depending on the vehicle model. You can ask your hotel to rent a motorcycle.

4. Top 10 Most Popular Destinations In Chiang Mai City Tour

4.1. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the most sacred and revered temples in Thailand. The temple impresses visitors with a tall stupa plated with sparkling gold. The temple owns precious Buddhist scriptures and rare Buddha statues with a long history of about 600 years. The best time to visit the temple is early in the morning.

  • Address: Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Open: 6:00 a.m – 20:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 1.15 USD

4.2. Chedi Luang Temple

Chedi Luang Temple was built in 1401 under King Saeng Muang Ma. This outstanding spiritual work is the symbol of Chiang Mai city, possessing extremely unique architecture and sophisticated textures imbued with ancient Lanna culture.

  • Address: 103 Phra Pok Klao Road, Phra Singh Sub Area, Mueang District, Chiang Mai City, Thailand
  • Open: 7:00 a.m – 18:00 p.m
  • Ticket price: 1.15 USD

4.3. Chiang Mai Zoo and Botanical Garden

Chiang Mai Zoo and Botanical Garden is a zoological and aquatic park located in the city, home to many rare animals. In particular, the park also has a unique aquatic area with many rare species of fish and marine plants, which attracts the attention of visitors.

  • Address: 100 Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai City, Thailand
  • Open: 9:00 a.m – 17:00 p.m

4.4. Chiang Mai Pedestrian Street

Chiang Mai Walking Street is open on weekends. Here are a lot of souvenirs, jewelry, or finely crafted handicrafts bearing very typical features of the culture here. Besides, when you come here, you will enjoy very attractive and vibrant performances from street artists and experience the typical culture of local people at night.

  • Address: Chang Khlan Road, Mueang District, Chiang Mai City, Thailand.
  • Open: 17:00 p.m – 22:00 p.m

4.5. Temple Ton Kwen

Ton Kwen is an ancient, sacred temple with a rich history and unique architecture. It is an attractive destination, popular with tourists visiting the land of Chiang Mai.

  • Address: 3 Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Open: 8:00 a.m – 17:00 p.m

4.6. Karen Long Neck Village

In addition to discovering the famous landmarks and architectural works in Chiang Mai, when you come here, you can also learn more about the unique culture of the people here. Notably, the village of the long-necked people. When you come here, you can also learn more about the daily customs of the people in the village.

The ancient village of Karen is open to tourists throughout the week, with hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the ticket price to visit Karen Long Neck Village for each person fluctuates around 14.39 USD per person, and these funds will be used by the local government to support the people in this village.

4.7. Wat Ku Tao

Wat Ku Tao is home to the remains of Anawrahta Minsaw, the first ruler of Burma Lan Na. This is not only a place to visit in Chiang Mai, famous for tourists near and far, but also a place of sacred religious activities for the people. You can visit and pray for good things for your loved ones.

  • Address: Tambon Sriphum, near Chiang Mai Stadium.
  • Open: 8:00 a.m – 17:00 p.m


4.8. Bazaar night market

Night Bazaar is always one of the most attractive destinations for tourists when coming to Chiang Mai because the special thing about this market is that the products sold here are all handmade by the people here. crafting. The number of people going in and out here is always very high, but there is no mess; all stalls are arranged very neatly. Here, you can choose a lot of unique handmade items as gifts.

  • Open: 18:00 p.m – 24:00 p.m

4.9. Doi Inthanon

Doi Inthanon is one of the most beautiful sun-viewing spots in Thailand. The temperature here is always maintained at 10-15 degrees Celsius; in the last days of the year, it drops to about 5-7 degrees Celsius.

Doi Inthanon is about 60 km from Chiang Mai city, so you have to move here early if you want to see the sunrise, or an overnight picnic is also a great idea. To get to the hill, you can only choose to go by Songthaew bus and transfer a few stations, so you have to carefully study the route before going. Or go for long-distance trekking along the trails inside the park if you want to explore the beautiful scenery and camp overnight. Sightseeing cost: 5.75 USD per person.

4.10. Doi Bo Luang Fio

The great thing about Doi Bo Luang FIO is the magnificent, green pine forest, the wild beauty of nature, and the small triangular-roofed houses made of wood. Those are triangular-roofed bungalows built for guests, with the entire house, door, and interior made from rustic dark brown wood. 

Doi Bo Luang FIO is located in Hot district, in the southern suburbs of Chiang Mai, and it will take you nearly 2 hours by car to get here from the city center.

  • Room rates for reference at Doi Bo Luang FIO:

Room for 2 people: 23.02 USD – 28.77 USD/night

Quadruple room: 43.16 USD – 57.54 USD / night

5. Where to stay in Chiang Mai?

Some suggested hotels and resorts that you can choose when traveling in Chiang Mai:

Hotel, homestaysCategoryAddressRoom rate (USD/night)
Hotel M Chiang Mai3 stars2 Sriphum 6 Ratchadamnoen Rd Tambon Si Phum, Muang Chiang Mai,  Thailand

Tel: (+66) 53 211 069

From 22,61 USD
Gord Chiang Mai3 stars29/8 Rajamacha 6, Tambon Prasingh, Amphur Muang , Old City, Chiang Mai.

Tel: (+66) 81 951 8875

From 40,97 USD
De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai4 stars21 Soi 2 Ratchamanka, Moon Muang Road T. Phrasing, A. Muang, Old City, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tel: (+66) 86 656 6007

From 96,84 USD
Chala Number 6 Chiang Mai5 stars6/6 Prapokklao Rd., Prasingh, Muang, Old City, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tel: (+66) 52 010 466

From 118,86 USD
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort5 stars123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Chiang Mai,  Thailand

Tel: (+66) 53 253 333

From 376,88 USD

6. Enjoy the food

Some attractive traditional foods that you should try when coming to Chiang Mai:

Khao Soi is a famous and typical curry noodle dish in Chiang Mai with a delicious and attractive flavor. The price for a bowl of Khao Soi ranges from 0.86 USD to 1.15 USD.

Thai Sausage (Sai Oua): This dish is sold very popularly in street food stalls, with the price for one portion being about 1.15 USD.

Spicy Pork Sausage Salad (Yum Moo Yor): This is a very popular salad in Chiang Mai, often chosen as an appetizer at meals. You can enjoy this dish at restaurants or street food stalls.

Kaeng Khanun (jackfruit curry) is the best curry in Chiang Mai. This dish has the main ingredients of young jackfruit, curry, and tomatoes that are stewed until the pieces of jackfruit are soft enough to eat. The price is only about 1.26 USD per bowl.

Tom Yum: A hot pot dish with a characteristic pungent and sour taste. This dish is often served with vegetables and meat, creating an attractive and unforgettable taste. This is one of the most appreciated and loved dishes by tourists in Chiang Mai.

7. Some notes when traveling to Chiang Mai

Visa Thailand:Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, so you do not need to apply for a visa when you come to Chiang Mai if you stay for less than 30 days. As long as your passport is valid for more than 6 months, you can enter Thailand.

Sim 4G: You can easily buy a SIM card in advance from Vietnam for about 4 USD. Sim is available in account for 2.88 USD and used for 8 days with unlimited data (3 GB at high speed, then downgraded to 384 kbps).

Currency: The currency of Thailand is the baht (THB). Money,  including coins and paper, will have coin denominations of 1-2-5-10, and denominations of 20-50-100-500-1000 will be banknotes. The cost in Thailand is also quite cheap, so each person probably only needs to prepare about 7000 – 8000 THB, which is enough for a trip of about 5 days. Currency exchange counters in Chiang Mai are quite numerous and easy to find.

Clothes: With a lot of travel to attractions in the journey, you should prioritize choosing comfortable clothes for activities. In particular, when visiting temples and sacred places, you should wear a collared shirt, long pants, and a knee-length skirt. Avoid revealing clothes, and some temples also require shoes to be left outside. Please pay attention to the regulations.

In crowded places, you should be careful of pickpockets and always be careful with your personal belongings. Ask for prices carefully when buying at flea markets in Chiang Mai.


8. Conclusion

Hopefully the information about Chiang Mai city tour experiences and destinations  in the online article shared by Metta Voyage can help you have a trip to experience a lot of fun and discover many impressions of culture and people in Chiang Mai. Please visit our website, www.mettavoyage.com , to get the latest information about travel in Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. 

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