Chiang Mai Hotels Thailand

Surrounded by mountains and lush countryside Chiang Mai is a popular base with those looking to explore the northern territory of Thailand.

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Things to do

Chiang Mai and its outskirts are overflowing with Buddhist Temples (Wats), with around a dozen on the tourist map due to their historical or architectural significance.

These temples are situated inside the old city walls; Wat Phra Singh is one of the city's most important temples; Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in the city, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phrachao are also worthy of a visit for their beauty.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is 18km outside of Chiang Mai and overlooks the city sitting at a 1073m elevation on the slopes of Mount (Doi) Suthep. To reach the temple there are 309 steps to climbs, and if you don't fancy that there is also a motorised tram ride to the top.

When visiting a temple show respect by wearing appropriate attire (long pants for men, modest tops and skirts for women, no bare shoulders or plunging necklines and women must wear a bra). You must take off your shoes before entering the temple or other buildings.

Elephant tours are popular in this region, research you tour well before booking as some tours provide more experience than others, on your tour you can expect some private time with elephants, bathing in the river and feeding them. An elephant ride through the jungle can also be combined with a rafting trip down the Mae Tang River (rapids vary in seasons).

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Chiang Mai Hotels (?)

B2 Ayatana Premier Resort Photograph of B2 Ayatana Premier Resort
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B2 Ayatana Premier Resort is a contemporary Lanna-style boutique hotel with traditional Lanna services, situated just a short drive from the airport and the city's main attractions....

Chiang Mai Gate Hotel Photograph of Chiang Mai Gate Hotel
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The Chiang Mai Gate Hotel is traditionally styled and has an excellent central location; ideal for guests wishing to explore the surrounding area....

Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai Photograph of Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai
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A luxury 4 star hotel which offers a good range of on-site amenities and is centrally located to make the most of all the tourist attractions nearby....

Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel Photograph of Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel
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The Dusit D2 Chiang Mai Hotel is situated close to the city's night market, just off the Chang Klan Road, offering a convenient location in a modern environment ideal for those seeking a central base....

Empress Hotel Chiang Mai Photograph of Empress Hotel Chiang Mai
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The Empress Hotel offers a comfortable base close to many of the city's amenities and just 15 minutes from both the airport and train station....

Furama Chiang Mai Hotel Photograph of Furama Chiang Mai Hotel
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Situated away from the city centre, the Furama Hotel offers a comfortable base close to the Chiang Mai University and the Nimmanhaemin Road shopping district....

Green Lake Resort Hotel Photograph of Green Lake Resort Hotel
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The Green Lake Resort is situated outside of Chiang Mai adjacent to the Lanna Golf Course. The hotel features two outdoor pools, a restaurant offering Thai and International dishes, a pool bar and a b...

Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel Photograph of Holiday Inn Chiang Mai Hotel
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Holiday Inn Chiang Mai boasts a haven of comfort and style and is located in Northern Thailand's most fascinating city. Ideally situated for many tourist attractions this hotel is an ideal base for b...

Imperial Mae Ping Hotel Photograph of Imperial Mae Ping Hotel
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The Imperial Mae Ping Hotel enjoys a central location, just a short walk from the Night Bazaar and close to a good selection of restaurants. The hotel features two outdoor pool areas, a spa and fitnes...

Kantary Hills Chiang Mai Hotel Photograph of Kantary Hills Chiang Mai Hotel
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The Kantary Hills offers all the facilities of a hotel with the comfort of spacious serviced apartments. It's situated on Nimmanhaemin Road Soi in Chiang Mai's chicest district, within easy walking di...

The Khum Phaya Resort has a quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai, though still only a 10-15 minute drive from its centre. The hotel's 85 luxurious guest rooms and villas are sp...

Manathai Village Chiang Mai Hotel Photograph of Manathai Village Chiang Mai Hotel
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Manathai Village Hotel is a delightful boutique hotel with a great location it is ideal for business travellers and holidaymakers alike....

Maninarakorn Hotel Photograph of Maninarakorn Hotel
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The Maninarakorn Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and fantastic central location which would be ideal for both holiday makers and business travellers....

Panviman Chiangmai Spa Resort Hotel Photograph of Panviman Chiangmai Spa Resort Hotel
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Panviman Chiangmai Spa Resort Hotel is surrounded by natural green hillsides and tropical forests with cultural attractions a short drive away....

Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel Photograph of Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
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The Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel is situated in a quiet area on the east bank of Chiang Mai's Ping River and is an ideal base for holiday makers who want to be close to tourist attractions....

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort Hotel Photograph of RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort Hotel
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The exclusive RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort Hotel is located in Chiang Mai and offers wellness, good health and luxurious pampering in a spa sanctuary within the heart of the city of Chiang Mai. An ...

Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort Photograph of Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort
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The hotel is situated beside the Mae Ping River on the outskirts of the city, providing a peaceful base ideal for exploring the city and surrounding area from....

Royal Princess Hotel Chiang Mai Photograph of Royal Princess Hotel Chiang Mai
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The Royal Princess Chiang Mai Hotel has an ideal location situated on one of the main streets in Chiang Mai, just steps from the Night Bazaar....

Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai Photograph of Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai
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Situated on the Chang Klan Road, the Shangri-La offers a convenient location within walking distance of the Night Bazaar, restaurants, evening entertainment and shopping sites....

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The Small Hotel offers good value for money and a comfortable base in an ideal location within walking distance of the Night Bazaar and old town centre....

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Out and about

Getting around Chiang Mai is easy as the old city is only a mile square, though if you're travelling a bit further or laden with purchases there are several modes of transport to consider; the songthaews are covered pickup trucks, samlors are 3-wheeled bicycles offering a quieter and slower pace than the noisy and frenetic tuk-tuks. Fares need to be negotiated before departing and each mode can be hailed down anywhere in the city.

Chiang Mai provides shoppers with just about every outlet imaginable, from modern shopping centres with all the usual big brand products to street markets with handmade products, arts and crafts. The night bazaar is a large indoor/outdoor market stretching along both sides of the road, offering identical stalls selling tourist-oriented souvenirs, handicrafts, fake goods and more.

There is a lively night-scene in Chiang Mai with discos, karaoke bars and live music everywhere. The main areas are near Tha Phae Gate, Loi Kroh Road which has many of the tourist-oriented bars and pubs and along Charoenrat Road on the eastern bank of the Mae Ping River. Also the Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex at the end of Loi Kroh Road is where you will find around 30 bars ranging from sports bars to girlie bars, and even bars staffed exclusively by kathoeys (ladyboys).

Other things of interest

Visiting a Northern Thailand hilltribe is a popular activity from Chiang Mai and there is a selection of tours available ranging from one day to overnight stays.

Chiang Dao is around an hour north of Chiang Mai and is a good starting point for treks into the mountains.

The city of Chiang Rai is about 3 hours drive away and as well as offering a range of attractions from ruins to Buddhist temples, and hill tribe villages to jungle trekking its also the commercial centre serving the Golden Triangle border region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

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