Chiang Mai Travel Guide 20212021-02-14T22:59:02+07:00
Chiang Mai (Thai:เชียงใหม่) is a beautiful and delightful city in northern Thailand where you can find whatever you are seeking – beautiful mountains and waterfalls, stunning sunrises and vibrant sunsets, serene national parks, flower farms, and so much more. It is dominated by chic coffee shops and stylish markets for people who value fashion and style in a relaxed atmosphere. If you’re heading to Chiang Mai and looking for the best places to visit, this list of 48 of the most noteworthy places should guide you. It’s a fabulous city to visit!
Visit the mountains to experience nature and flower gardens
Doi Ang Khang
Doi Ang Khang, the land of romance that you should visit at least once in your lifetime! It is a popular mountain that remains a popular tourist destination, Doi Ang Khang is an ideal location for tourists who want to experience colder weather, see beautiful winter flowers and vegetables, and seethe sunrise and sea of mist. Experience the diversity of Thai mountain life.
Doi Mon Chaem is another mountain locale where you can experience the cold wind, natural scenery, green mountains. Capture pictures of various kinds of flowers, visit the Strawberry Farm and buy Chao Doi products such as native clothing, winter fruit, and vegetables. This is a year-round destination. If you want to see the beautiful, dense sea of mist, then we recommend you visit during the rainy season – mid-May through mid-October – where there are still flowers to see.
If you want to see the lush and beautiful winter flowers, you must come from December through February. Mon Chaem has many accommodation options, including houses and tents, for you to experience the cool weather. Enjoy the view of the mountains on Mon Chaem to the fullest.
The highest mountain peak in Thailand, you can travel with ease to its peak on a well-maintained road, that leads to the top. You can get here by car or motorcycle, and there are rarely restrictions on travel. You can plan this destination as a day trip or stay overnight to soak up the atmosphere. This flexibility makes it a popular tourist destination for all ages. Doi Inthanon has many beautiful places to visit, especially the famous Kew Mae Pan viewpoint.
Doi Mon Ngo
Doi Mon Ngo is located in the Mae Taeng district. It is a natural attraction, offering a stunning view of alternating mountain peaks as far as the eye can see. Visitors can experience the cold wind, sunrises, and the beautiful sea of mist stretching across the valley for many kilometers. In the evening, you can watch the sunset at Doi Mon Ngo viewpoint. For the purposes of viewing the sea of mist, Doi Mon Ngo is considered the closest to the city.
Doi Luang Chiang Dao
Doi Luang Chiang Dao, is not only interesting with mountains and views for sunrise and sunset, but is a challenging mountain that many hikers and adventurers dream of.
There is also something special at Doi Luang Chiang Dao – the only “semi-alpine” plant in Thailand. It is a Himalayan plant, but developed itself as a native plant, and has beautiful flowers that we can only find here. If visiting mid- to late- November, there will be many flowers to see, including the parrot flower shaped like a parrot.
Doi Mon Chong
Doi Mon Chong or Doi Mon Jong is located in the Nanthaburi District, Chiang Mai. The highlight of a visit to Doi Mon Chong is to see the golden mountain grass swaying on the mountainside where the grasslands turn golden around February. You can also watch a very beautiful sunrise and sunset here. It is another mountain peak that is included in a dreamy trek for those who love hiking and adventure.
Doi Mae Taman
Doi Mae Taman is located in the Mae Taman Watershed Management Unit, Mae Na Sub-district, Chiang Dao District. From the viewing areas on Doi Mae Taman, you will see the great Doi Luang Chiang Dao rising in front of you like a painting It is an awesome sight! The area where we can see the image of Doi Luang Chiang Dao is called San Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Station. It is a popular spot for tourists to pitch a tent to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and sea mist in the morning. It is the most romantic in early January when the Nang Phaya Sua Krong flower will bloom.
Doi Pha Hom Pok
Doi Pha Hom Pok is one of the tourist attractions located in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park and is the second-highest mountain peak in Thailand. Visiting Doi Pha Hom Pok in the evening is the best time, as at sunset, the sky changes color in the steadily decreasing temperatures. In the morning, a walk to conquer the mountain peak affords you a 360 degree view of the sea of mist and the morning sunrise.
Doi Kham Fah
Doi Kham Fa is located in the Thung Khao Phuang Sub-district, Chiang Dao District, under the supervision of the Mae Ngai Watershed Management Unit. There is an abundant watershed forest with streams and waterfalls and glorious views. The highlight is watching the sea of mist snuggled along the mountainsides. From here you can see the peak of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Also, if visiting during mid-January, you will find the Nang Phaya Sua Krong sakura flower blooming as well.
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden
The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden is located in the Mae Rim district, and is a preservation and collection center of numerous botanical plants. There is a range of different areas to visit. Visitors can walk around the flower gardens, the banana path, or enter one of the many different greenhouses to see the botanical treasures housed there.
Suan Dok Margaret
Trendy among locals, the Chiang Mai Margaret Garden is where you can see the romantic fields of Margaret flowers. These flowers range in colors from dark purple to light purple. There are also flower beds of white cutter flowers and chrysanthemums to use as backgrounds for taking pictures. The flower farm is a favorite, and at times the community’s gardeners will open their gates to allow visitors to wander and enjoy, without a booking. It would be easy to fill your camera’s memory card at the Chiang Mai Margaret Garden!
Khun Pae, a village surrounded by green hills, is located in the Chom Thong district. The place has a peaceful atmosphere, where visitors can see the green rice fields blending with vegetable crops and their famous hydrangea flower fields. Khun Pae is considered as the only area that has the largest area for hydrangeas. It is full of vast fields of hydrangeas of varying colors, from white to purple and on to bluish purple to pink. It’s another popular tourist attraction. Visit for the day or stay the night to soak up the fresh, fragrant air.
Baan Wat Chan Pine Forest
Baan Wat Chan Forest Industry Organization (OPP) is located in the Galyani Vadhana district. In the winter, the land in the middle of this valley will be surrounded by mist and cold wind. Anyone who visits in the winter will be fascinated by the beauty of pine trees and maple trees and the reservoirs shrouded in the floating mist. You have a different view in the rainy season, where you will be greeted with a refreshing scene of green.
Mae Kampong Village is located in the sub-district of Mae On. It is a small village hidden among the green forest, with a cool clear stream flowing through it. Mae Kampong is a popular tourist destination for people who want an opportunity to steep themselves in the peaceful greens and the sounds of the flowing waters. Spend the day or stay overnight at one of the available homestays along the river.
Baan Mae Lai
Baan Mae Lai is located in the Mae On District, Chiang Mai Province. It is a peaceful village amid an abundant forest with a stream running through. If anyone is familiar with the pictures of Ban Mae Kampong, the motif has a similar atmosphere. Because it is located in the same zone, but at the same time, the Ban Mae Lai is different from Ban Mae Kampong because Ban Mae Lai remains quiet. There are not as many tourists as most of them stay at Mae Kampong. The weather is cool year-round because of the forest coverage throughout the village. There are many Homestays at Baan Mae Lai which allow you to fully experience the atmosphere. It is another option for people who want to relax amid true nature.
Baan Mae Mae
Baan Mae Mae is located in the Chiang Dao District. It is famous for the treehouse homestay, which is a large, thatched-roof wooden house situated close to the forest. You can see the view of dense green trees and relax in the peaceful atmosphere of nature of the area. The highlight of visiting Baan Mae Mae is to sit and take in the green of the forest, breath the fresh air, and walk through the streams that flow. Living in harmony with space and nature, you can say that this is real rest.
Muang Kong, a small community held in a mountain embrace, is located in the Chiang Dao District which is on the back of Doi Luang Chiang Dao mountain. It is a community that still has folklore and fresh air, and is very quiet. What is there to do in Muang Kong? The answer is come to rest, live with nature, and slow down. In Muang Kong, there are no attractions or stop points other than the surrounding beauty of nature. You can experience simply relax at the various accommodation in Muang Kong.
Khun Wang is a place to view the beautiful and famous Nang Phaya Sua Krong flower of Chiang Mai in mid-January. The pink sakura flowers will be in full bloom both inside the research center and along the road, forming a spectacular sight on the Nang Phaya Sua Krong or Tiger Queen tunnel. Enjoy agricultural tourism, and see the beauty of winter flowers and vegetable fields, located in front of the entrance to Nang Phaya Sua Krong tunnel.
Paphiopedilum Orchid Conservation Center
The Paphiopedilum Orchid Conservation Center is located on the same route as Khun Wang. The center is beautifully decorated with landscaping, and flowers and orchids impress the January tourists every year. In addition to viewing the Inthanon Paphiopedilum Orchid, you will also see the pink sakura flower blooming by the lake. It is picture-perfect!
Khun Chang Kian
Khun Chang Kian or “Khun Chang Kian Agricultural Research Station and Training Center”, is located in the Mueang Chiang Mai district, the same path as Phra That Doi Suthep. It is a research station for coffee seeds and for winter fruits such as peaches, persimmons, plums, plums, avocados, and macadamias. Every winter during January, the Nang Phaya Sua Krong tree, also known as the pink Himalaya cherry blossom in Thailand, will be in full bloom, showing its beauty throughout the area.
Khun Mae Ya
Khun Mae Ya, sometimes called the miracle of the mountains. Each January, at the beginning the winter season, the Nang Phaya Sua Krong sakura flower at the Khun Mae Ya watershed unit blooms. Visitors will find the scenery of the lofty mountains and the pink flowers of Phaya Sua Krong interspersed with the green Pine trees, breathtaking. This area is often called “Doi Chomphu” which means “Pink Mountain”.
Mae Chon Luang
The Mae Chon Luang Agricultural Station, a royal project for research and development, is located a short seven kilometers from Khun Wang. What makes Mae Chon Luang different from Mae Chon Luang is that you can relax in the accommodations overlooking the peaceful, green mountains. In January is when the Nang Phaya Sua Krong flower blooms, but there are plants which bloom in different seasons, so you won’t be disappointed! You will see pictures of pink blooming all over the facility. It is a romantic and picturesque location,
Chrysanthemum Flower Field, Samoeng
The chrysanthemum flower field, Ban Om Long, in the Samoeng District, is in bloom from late October to November. Here you will experience the beauty of row after row of chrysanthemums in full bloom, lined with the mountains in the background and a contrasting blue sky. Its stunning beauty always impresses the visitors.
The Wheat Field, Samoeng Rice Research Center
The Wheat Field, located inside the Samoeng Rice Research Center, Samoeng District, is a favorite spot for local photographers. The wheat field is not very wide, but it’s a popular place to take pictures, especially portraits with golden nice trees swaying in breeze, and the sunset behind the mountain peaks hitting the wheat field for a warm and beautiful atmosphere. The best time to visit is from mid-February to mid-March
Of course, it may seem unusual to some that photographing against the backdrop of a wheat field can be popular. But remember that you are in Thailand where the main crop in the fields is rice, not wheat. Therefore, the wheat field is truly a local landmark.
Samoeng Strawberry Farm
February through March of each year is strawberry picking season in the Samoeng district. The district is known as the largest strawberry-growing area in Thailand. You can experience the sweet taste of the red fruit from the farm while harvesting the strawberries. On the Samoeng route, you will see many strawberry farms that are open to visitors.
Mae Ngat Dam
Mae Ngat Dam is located in the Mae Taeng District. In addition to being a dam that is used for the benefit of irrigation, it’s another popular leisure attraction for nature lovers who want to relax in the peace of water surrounded by mountains. Over the water, there is a resort-style that is open to tourists. This stop is easy for a day trip, or you can stay overnight, enjoying various activities, and relax and sleep on a raft.
Pa Bong Pieng
Ban Pa Bong Pieng, located in the Mae Jam district, is a small hamlet that is home to the most breathtaking landscape of rice terraces. It is widely known by tourists and photographers who love abundant mountains and lush forests. It is beautiful at sunrise, when the day dawns over a panoramic view of the fog ocean. At the end of the day, when the sun sinks below the horizon, the last of the day’s gold light reflects on the highlands.
Baan Mae Klang Luang
Baan Mae Klang Luang is located in the Ban Laung sub-district in the Jom Tong district. It not only offers a stunning view of rice terraces, but is the motherland of Pakakayor Hill Tribe that lives simply. The highlights of Ban Mae Klang Luang are to see the verdant rice fields built on sloping hills and to experience the simple life of the Hill Tribe by resting in a petite house. Be ready to wrap yourself in a relaxing atmosphere.
Ban Pha Mon
Baan Pha Mon is a middle-size village in a valley close to Baan Mae Klang Luang. What makes this village special from others is the private cabins hosted by local people. These cabins are built on the ridge and superbly decorated. Baan Pha Mon offers a stunning and calm landscape of rice terraces and flower gardens. It is recommended to visit in the green season, from September to October, or in the harvest season, from the end of October to the beginning of November, to see those yellow ripe rice fields.
Huai Nam Dang
Huai Nam Dang is a well-known a campsite on the mountainside offering a beautiful view of the fog ocean over the horizon in the morning. One look to the east in the morning at the view of the fog over the vista makes the Chiang Dao Mountain more outstanding. The highest peak of the Chiang Dao shows off the scenery of the beautiful mist the best.
Doi Mon Laan
Doi Mon Laan is located in the Prao district and is a viewpoint offering a beautiful panorama of the sunrise and sunset over the sea fog. From this vantage point, you can see Doi Luang Chaing Dao, Mae Ngad Dam, and Phrao downtown.
Fang Hot Spring
Fang Hot Spring is in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park and is an amazing tourist destination. The natural hot spring is formed when molten rock (magma) beneath the Earth’s crust flows through the rocks toward the crust, raising the temperature of the rock layers. Then, when the groundwater flows through the hot rock layers, the water temperature also rises, causing enormous pressure, which pushes the water through cracks of granite toward the earth’s surface. The resulting hot spring is available year-round, and they offer private hot streaming baths.
Suan Son Bo Kaew
Suan Son Bo Kaew is in the Hod District. What is remarkable about Suan Son Bo Kaew are the pine trees planted along both sides of the road. Tourists often stop to take pictures of this lovely view. In the morning and evening, the soft sunlight paints a very romantic scene that many people cannot resist. The best time to visit is in the winter because morning mist covers the pine forest and is set off by the brightly shining sun. In the green season, as for the green season, the ambience of the green shrouded in a rainy mist are incomparable.
San Kampaeng Hot Spring
San Kamphaeng Hot Spring is located in San Kamphaeng district, about 34 km away from the town. It is a well-known hot spring with geysers, surrounded by mountains, flowers, and a variety of dazzling natural wonders. The geysers are created from underground changes, which generate hot water with a temperature of up to 100 degrees Celsius.
Attractions in Downtown and Nearby
Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. It is where the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is located. There is an abundance of nature and wildlife, particularly birds. It is convenient to visit from Chiang Mai as it is about16 km to downtown and there are many attractions, such as Phu Ping Palace and Doi Pui. To visit this Doi Suthep, you will need clothing that cover your shoulders and knees.
Tha Phae Gate
Tha Phae Gate is a landmark of Chaing Mai Downtown, where people claim that “If one has not yet visited here, he never come to Chang Mai”. The gate is part of the original wall that protected the city. It is a good location from which to take in the sights of Chiang Mai. Walking through the flock of pigeons in front of a colorful brick wall is a common tourist activity. Tha Phae has only one entrance. There is usually a market on Sunday Nights and other events held throughout the week.
Nimman Road – The hip street of art in downtown. There are lots of entertainment, coffee shops, hotels, restaurants, and creative modern buildings along the road. The two main drawbacks of this street are the lack of sidewalks and low-flying planes departing from Chiang Mai Airport.
Wat Ket Community
The Wat Ket Community is located on Charoenrad Road beside the Ping River. It is a local community which has a long history of trading and shopping. Plus, there are lots of ancient buildings along the road that represent well the history of the place.
Huay Tueng Tao Lake
Huai Tung Tao Lake is known for the fact that on the shore you can sit under bamboo roof, order delicious food, and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The new attraction at Huai Tung Tao Lake is the Giant Gorillas, made of straw, standing in the rice fields with a mountain view background. In addition to the gorillas, there is also a wooden bridge in the field and a small shelter.
Chang Moi Road
Those who love in handmade rattan bags and other wares must shop here. Shops along Chang Moi road sell quality woven items at a friendly price.
Baan Kang Wat
Baan Kang Wat located in Wat U-Mong alley. It is a small neighborhood with shops full of local arts, fine-arts, and home decor. There are also coffee shops and restaurants. It is a good place to relax and unwind.
Address: 191-197 Moo 5, Soi Wat Umong and Wat Ram Poeng Khlong Chonprathan Road, Suthep Subdistrict, Mueang Chiang Mai District
Days – opening / closing time: Tue – Sun 11.00 – 18.00. Close on Monday.
Grand Canyon, located in the Hang Dong district 25 min from Chiang Mai, has an area of approximately 50,000sqm with an area of almost 15 meters high or the height of a 5-story building. This is an abandoned limestone quarry that has naturally filled with water over time. The water is a clear, emerald green. In addition to walking and taking pictures of the wonders of the area, you can also go for a swim or paddle a kayak to explore the areas, or have fun in the water park. There is a large shelf in the middle of the canyon and swimmers will jump into the water from this cliff.
Temples of Chiang Mai
Wat Phra Singh
Wat Phra Singh Maha Worra Wiharn, called Wat Phra Singh, is one of the most venerated temples in Chiang Mai and houses the revered Buddha and maintains the original Lanna architecture. This temple is also the heart of Chiang Mai people who have faith and will come to worship with each other.
Wat Sri Suphan
Wat Sri Suphan is located on Wua Lai Road, Mueang District, Chiang Mai Province. It is a temple built over 500 years ago during the reign of Lanna King Muang Kaew and Queen Sirisawadee. His mother, Mahathewi built a temple named “Wat Srisuphan Aram” later called “Wat Sri Suphan” for short. The temple is the world’s first silver temple. People in the community came together to cover the entire building in silver. There are many silver shops in the area, as it is famous for its silver handicraft community of Chiang Mai.
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan is an old temple in Chiang Mai. It is an ancient monastery that has been restored over many years. It is a large building, and has a width for of 60 meters in each direction from the central building. It is one of the most important pagodas in Chiang Mai. Wat Chedi Luang is built in the heart of Chiang Mai, which was originally considered to be the administrative center of the Lanna Kingdom. There are interesting things inside the temple such as Vihara Luang, Chedi Luang, and the Sao Inthakhil.
Wat Suan Dok
The Wat Suan Dok Temple was built on what was once a 14th-century monarch’s garden. Today, it is a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple’s chedis contain ashes of Chiang Mai’s royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split in two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here in the small hall at the back of the compound.
Wat Umong is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. It is a Dharma practice center surrounded by native forests, with a calm and shaded atmosphere. An interesting feature is a small tunnel inside the temple. With connecting corridors, the tunnel used to be covered in a mural. The top of the tunnel is a pagoda that is the oldest of Lanna and was built as a bell-shaped chedi, with 3 spherical layers overlapped like lotus petals.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham
The Wat Phra That Doi Kham is located in the Doi Kham area behind Royal Park Rajapruek. It is an important temple in Chiang Mai. Over 1,300 years old, this temple has an instant god who is known for its divinity, fortune, and magic to the people suffering from ailments – even paresis or paralysis has been cured. Each day, tourists flock from all over to seek blessings. The temple area has a viewing platform that offers beautiful views around Chiang Mai city.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham, Moo 3, Mae Hia Town, Muang District, Chiang Mai 50100
Opening time 6.00 – 18.00
Wat Baan Den
The Wat Ban Den, located in Mae Taeng District, is a temple located on a low hill. Beneath the hill is a holy cave the villagers’ respect. Therefore, they called this temple “Wat Ban Den”. Besides being surrounded by beautiful landscapes, some buildings are dazzlingly exquisite, including the chapel, the tower, the spear, the temple, the Inthakhin column, Lanna-shaped golden teak house, Viharn, Chedi, and the pavilion that enshrines important Thai monks.
Web-Links for Travelers and Expats
Rental housing in Chiang Mai
Whether you are a traveler, expat, winterer, or digital nomad, you need accommodation anyway. We have selected reliable sources for you, where you can always find current offers for renting housing for both long and short periods.
The list did not include some of the popular Thai property search portals which host a large number of fake ads that turn a home search into a waste of your time with zero results. We also ignored websites with a bunch of errors and bugs that make it impossible to quickly find the housing you need, and that make you cry because of the lost nerves and time.
Perfect Homes – here you will find not only a convenient search in the real estate database, but also a lot of useful articles on buying and renting property in Chiang Mai, and much more.
Thai Northern Properties – a place where you can find hidden gems of local real estate. The database may not be that big, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
Doi Saket Properties – another website worth visiting. Fans of living outside the city will find a lot of interesting offers.
FazWaz Chiang Mai – one of the largest real estate portals in Thailand (but at the same time, the most convenient) in English, with a huge number of offers in Chiang Mai. User-friendly interface, many filters and sorting settings. If you haven’t found anything interesting on the previous three websites, be sure to check it out.
Baan Finder – Thai real estate portal, with search in English. Here you can find not only offers on home buying and renting but can also find ads for buying/selling a business and foreclosure.
Thai Home Town (th) – try to turn your attention to Thai Home Town, which is by far the largest website with private real estate listings in Thai.
Kaidee – (th) the largest private classifieds board where you can buy or sell anything from a needle to a private jet or a factory. At the time of this writing, there were about 1500 ads for the sale and rent of real estate in Chiang Mai. Unfortunately, it will be useful only for those who know the Thai language.
Once you have found a place to stay, you will definitely need the internet.
AIS – At the time of this writing, the company offers the best prices for home internet. Internet at a speed of 500/500 you can connect for only 599 baht per month + 7% tax.
True Online – Another ISP I can recommend. If for some reason AIS is not available in your area, then feel free to connect to True Online.
Sinet FFTx – Our favorite provider, with whom we have been together for several years, and who always offered the best conditions and the best prices until they were outstripped by AIS. We stay with them according to good old habit.
3BB – If the download speed is more important to you than the upload speed, then in this case, pay your attention to 3BB. For 590 baht you get 1000/100 speed. Also, this provider has the largest home Internet coverage not only in Chiang Mai, but throughout Thailand.
Budget Catcher – When our guests ask us about car rental, this is the first company we recommend. New cars, flexible terms and affordable prices.
Kayak – Here you will find a convenient search for cars for rent among such well-known international companies operating in the local market as: Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Sixt, etc.
POP Big Bike – The largest fleet of big bikes not only in Chiang Mai, but also in Thailand
C&P Bike Rental – These guys love dirt and adventure bikes. The company has a long history and a solid background.
M25 – If for some reason our motorcycles are not available we always recommend this motorcycle rental. They have proven themselves from a good side and are located at a distance of only 10-15 minutes on foot.
Public transport in Chiang Mai is a problem for tourists. The most popular transport is the songthaew – a pickup truck converted for passenger transport. One color – one co-op. Songthaews of the same color can travel on different routes. At the same time, all information on cars is written in Thai, including route numbers. Thus, if you cannot read Thai and the chauffeur does not speak English, you will never know where this car is going.
Many phone apps created by local transport companies are useless. Right now, I downloaded three of the most popular apps to my phone and none of them started. These are the harsh realities of life in Chiang Mai, which is called the “city of digital nomads”.
Moovit – This is the only application that will be useful for you in Chiang Mai if you use public transport. You just need to specify the point of departure and point of arrival, and the application will create a turn-by-turn route for you.
Grab – A transportation and courier service similar to Uber that overtook Uber in the Southeast Asian transportation market, forcing them to flee the local market under the pressure of marketing competition.
inDriver – Another application for those looking for low-cost transportation services. Prices are lower than in Grab. Users love it. Taxi drivers are also happy, as they say they get clients from this application more often than from Grab. It looks like this app has already beaten Grab.
Driving License – If you need a driver’s license, which is very easy to obtain in Thailand, then you should visit the Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Office (License Bureau) located near the airport. Address: 192, Moo 7, Mae Hia, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
Vehicle Transfer + Insurance – If you want to change the owner of a vehicle or issue documents for a car or motorcycle, then you can do it at the Transport Office located a few minutes from the Old Town. Address: 405, Chiang Mai – Lampang Rd., Nong Hoi Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000
Chiang Mai has several large department stores – Tesco Lotus, Big C, Macro. There are also several shops in which the assortment of imported products prevails – Tops, Rimping. Shops can be located in one building. For example, Tesco Lotus Kamtieng is located in the same building as mr.DIY where you can find a huge range of inexpensive home furnishings from China. Tesco Lotus Hang Dong, located near the airport, settled in the same building with the Decathlon sporting goods store. Big C, located behind the airport, is located in the same building as the home improvement store Home Pro.
Central Plaza Airport (closest to the Old Town), Central Festival – These are place where you can find absolutely everything, from a cup of coffee and donuts to banking services and representative offices of large international brands such as Uniqlo, Zara, Apple, Adidas, McDonalds, KFC, and many others.
Makro Chiang Mai (closest to the old town), Makro Hang Dong – department store for wholesalers, but even if you are not a wholesaler it is still worth visiting this store. Anyone can do it, for this it is not necessary to have a membership card. For example, pepperoni (TGM brand), which is sold in Big C at 1200 baht per kilo, can be bought here for only 750 baht. You can also find Makro Food Service near Nimman Rd., but this store has a very limited range of product.
Decathlon – The largest sports store in Chiang Mai where you can buy sports equipment. But if you need good sneakers of world brands, for example, Nike, Adidas, or Asics, then you can only do this in Central.
YOK – A store where you can buy absolutely everything for baking.
And of course, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Mall, which is located on the northwest corner of the old town. If you loved playing Doom as a kid, then you will surely love this store and its layout.
Car Insurance by Roojai – A place where you can get car insurance without leaving your home in a few minutes. These guys will compare insurance plans of different insurance companies and find the best insurance for you at the most affordable price in Chiang Mai.
Car & Life Insurance by mr. Prakan – In this place, you can choose an insurance plan for your car, motorcycle, or life on your own, depending on what insurance conditions you are interested in.
Life Insurance by Pacific Prime – Local and worldwide life insurance. Good and timely customer support. With the help of this company, you can also choose any insurance plan you are interested in among dozens of different insurance companies.
Chiang Mai Ram Hospital – It is a group of award-winning hospitals with world-class equipment and doctors. All staff speak English which means they can communicate with you easily. The prices at Ram Hospital are higher than other hospitals in Chiang Mai, but you get services and treatment commensurate with what you pay.
Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai – It is a private large chain of hospitals in Thailand with many hospitals throughout the country. This hospital has a wide range of specialized clinics such as oncology clinic, cosmetic surgery clinic and many more.
Sriphat Hospital – Founded by Chiang Mai University, this hospital offers good medical services at affordable prices. Poorly planned space can cause parking problems for the car. Sometimes you can look for a parking spot for 20 to 30 minutes.
Lanna Hospital – Another private hospital in Chiang Mai offering pretty good medical services. The hospital is especially good with obstetric and gynecological services. Most doctors and other staff speak English. The hospital is located on the highway near the city center, so it is very easy to get to it.
Rajavej Hospital – Another private hospital located south of the old town. The hospital has modern diagnostic equipment, but it is better to know in advance when the doctor you need is seeing.
McCormick Hospital – The hospital was founded by American Presbyterian missionaries in 1888. The hospital has an equipped emergency department, which is open 24 hours a day and staffed by well trained doctors and staff. On weekdays from 3 to 5 pm it will be a little difficult to get here, because there are traffic jams when parents pick up their children from nearby schools.
Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital – Chiang Mai Neurology Hospital is a public hospital that acts as a research center, and many neurology students do internships here. The hospital is well known for treating neurological and brain-related problems, including stroke victims.
There are several language schools in Chiang Mai, but we would like to highlight these schools:
AUA – was established in 1985 to meet the language and cultural needs of foreigners working, visiting, or residing in Chiang Mai and the North of Thailand. Located in the old city area, around 100 meters west from Tha Phae Gate.
Centre for Thai Studies (Chiang Mai University) – Language Institute Chiang Mai University offers the highest quality tuition from the most experienced instructors in Chiang Mai. From the first day of language course, students start to speak Thai. Whatever their ability, they are encouraged to use Thai as much and as often as possible. This even includes during ’coffee break’ times when it is common to hear students talking to each other not in their native language but in Thai. Indeed, with students coming from such a diverse range of countries, Thai becomes the common language of conversation at school.
RTL – in our opinion, this is the best language school in Thailand for learning Thai. The methodology for teaching the Thai language was created many years ago for Christian missionaries so that in just six months they could learn the Thai language and start preaching the knowledge of Jesus Christ among the Buddhist population. But, there is a small problem. The fact is that this language school is located in Bangkok and not in Chiang Mai. However, they do have online classes that you can take from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access. And for this reason, we added these guys to our list. In our subjective opinion, they are indeed the best among hundreds of language schools throughout Thailand.
Consulate & Embassy
Australia +66 (091) 857 699
Austria +66 (053) 863 144
Bangladesh +66 (053) 212 373
Canada +66 (053) 850 147
China +66 (053) 28 0380
Finland +66 (053) 231 133
France +66 (053) 281 466
Germany +66 (053) 838 735
India +66 (053) 441 618
Italy +66 (053) 212 925
Japan +66 (052) 012 500
Myanmar +66 (052) 004 211
Philippines +66 (053) 351 278
South Africa +66 (053) 711 800
South Korea +66 (053) 223 120
Sweden +66 (099) 378 777
Switzerland +66 (053) 225 000
United Kingdom +66 (053) 058 333
United States +66 (053) 107 700
Ambulance Service Center – 1691
Ambulance and Rescue – 1554
Crime Department – 1195
Fire Department – 199
Highway Police – 1193
Medical Emergency Call – 1669
National Disaster Warning Centre – 1860
Police (General Emergency Call) – 191
Tourist Police – 1155
You can find an overview of crime in Thailand on Wikipedia, and more detailed statistics on crime categories – here.
Price comparison and cost of living in Chiang Mai compared to other cities in the world, you can check here. Just enter the name of your city, and in a few seconds you will receive a detailed answer about the cost of food, accommodation, and other things that tourists and expats are most interested in.
If you have read our Chiang Mai travel guide to the end, do not forget that in our company you can rent motorcycles for short and long term to move around Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. Do not forget that you need a motorcycle license to do this.