Overview Chiang Mai

Visiting Chiang Mai

Set in the mountains of northern Thailand, here’s a city that’s hung onto its history so well that it still has a moat! Get ready to visit hundreds of Buddhist temples, haggle in colorful night markets, ride through tight streets on a tuk-tuk, or embark on an adventurous elephant trek.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Chiang Mai. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Chiang Mai flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Set in the mountains of northern Thailand, here’s a city that’s hung onto its history so well that it still has a moat! Get ready to visit hundreds of Buddhist temples, haggle in colorful night markets, ride through tight streets on a tuk-tuk, or embark on an adventurous elephant trek.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Chiang Mai. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Chiang Mai flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Chiang Mai

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Meditating with Monks at Wat Doi Suthep

Written by Owen Lipsett on 12 May, 2013

Wat Prathat Doi Suthep literally and figuratively symbolizes the city of Chiang Mai, which it overlooks (although "guards" might be a more apt description) from the mountain whose name it shares. Each year, newly enrolled students at the city’s university walk sixteen kilometers up…Read More


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The Orchid Pavilion

Written by LenR on 10 May, 2007

This spectacular and unprecedented display of orchids from around the world brilliantly showcased Thailand's potential as a global orchid centre. Over 50,000 orchid plants representing nearly 10,000 different native species, hybrid varieties, new as well as rare orchids were on display. The result was stunning…Read More


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Royal Pavilion and Thai Tropical Garden

Written by LenR on 10 May, 2007

The centrepiece of the Royal Flora Expo was the Royal Pavilion, constructed in the exquisite Lanna architectural style, right in the heart of the event site. This had a display of artworks dedicated to the king as well as an exhibition of his contributions to…Read More


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International Pavilions

Written by LenR on 10 May, 2007

There was quite a carnival atmosphere at the international section of the Royal Flora. Lots of people gathered at the Netherlands pavilion. There were many tulips under shade cloth, I guess to protect them from the harsh sun that is here in Thailand compared to the…Read More


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Thai Rural Life

Written by LenR on 10 May, 2007

Several Thai corporations and companies decided that a picture of Thai rural life would provide an interesting setting for their garden display. In combination they provided the visitor with a rare opportunity to see some aspects of rural life up close. Apart from seeing the…Read More


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At the Beginning

Written by LenR on 10 May, 2007

We took a taxi from our hotel towards the Flora Expo but discovered that there were traffic restrictions near the site. After some debate the taxi dropped us about 200 metres from where the driver thought the entrance to be. Unfortunately, he proved to be…Read More


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Visiting the Hill Tribes

Written by SeenThat on 15 Jan, 2007

Visiting the Hill Tribes in northern Thailand creates one of those eternal problems for travelers; on one side they need the income generated by our visits, on the other, visiting them means accepting the deep discrimination against them. There are no definitive answers, but I…Read More


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Chiang Mai

Written by alan_nesbit on 09 Jun, 2006

As it happens, we didn’t spend much time in Chiang Mai, just long enough to look at some of the Wats and some markets. The town itself has a similar feel to Bangkok, although it’s smaller and more relaxed. The smells, the broken pavements, the…Read More


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How we got there and what we did at Doi INthanon national Park, Thailand.

Written by allthai on 27 Aug, 2004

The hottest time of the year in Chiang Mai is April and May. Temperatures can easily exceed 40 degrees Centigrade by mid-afternoon. There is a place very close to Chiangmai where you can escape the heat and enjoy some of the finest natural scenery in…Read More


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More detail part III

Written by allthai on 28 Aug, 2004

As we walked along the stream there were beautiful king fisher birds with their bright orange beak and florescent green and blue bodies. We made a stop where someone made a nice bamboo bench to rest. Our guide went to a stand of bamboo and…Read More


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