Chiang Mai/Chiang Mai: tourist information, weather, seasons, time
General information on Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai, also spelled Chiang Mai, Chang Mai, Chang Mai) is the largest city in Northern Thailand, capital of the homonymous province. The city's population is not large (170 000 people), but it is the fifth most populated city of Thailand and the second largest after Bangkok. The Mai is almost three times older than Bangkok. It is also the second and the cultural capital of Thailand. Russian tourists often compare Chiang Mai to Saint Petersburg.
Chiang Mai is located 700 kilometers from Bangkok and 200 kilometers from the Golden triangle in the North of the country, among the highest mountains of Thailand. 90 kilometers from the city is the highest mountain peak of Thailand - Golindano (Doi Inthanon).
Chiang Mai since its founding in 1296 was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. In 1558 the Kingdom was conquered by Burma and more than 200 years was Burmese territory. In 1774 the war of Siam and Burma, the territory was placed under the protectorate of Siam, and obey the king of Siam. Only in 1939, Chiang Mai and its territory officially became part of the Kingdom of Thailand.
Chiang Mai is a very interesting tourist destination, but, unfortunately, the Russian tourists are very rare here for a while, preferring to tour the rest of the Thai beaches. Well, the beaches here are not at all.
The city and province is the center of Hiking in Thailand. Here it will be very interesting for those interested in history, culture and life of local people. If you are ready to spend hours wandering around the city and its environs, viewing the monuments of culture and architecture – is the place for you. It is recognized that Chiang Mai is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, and experienced travelers say that only here, in the North, you know the real Thailand.
Chiang Mai is not in place and evolving. It is a modern town, which carefully preserved all the sights. With well-developed infrastructure, which will make your trip comfortable and easy. The city has a huge number of hotels, developed and cheap transportation, many travel agencies.
Often the city used as a staging post on the way to the "Golden triangle", Laos or Burma. Also stop here to explore Northern Thailand: in addition to the city itself, of great interest around the city and in the whole Chiang Mai province.
The surrounding landscapes are very picturesque. From the city dispatched a large number of excursions to see the many temples, green rice terraces, rich orchards, Thai villages, tropical jungle and waterfalls.
In the vicinity of Mai live many distinct Nations have preserved their traditions since ancient times. It is home to the world famous Karen tribe, which for the ideal of female beauty worship women with a long neck and big ears. Yes, it is those who are using rings to extend their necks to incredible sizes.
So, if you are an active traveler who wants something more interesting than just basking on the beach, you will not be bored here, and impressions from visiting Northern Thailand will last for a lifetime.
In this section you can find information about Chiang Mai for backpackers, find and book tours in Chiang Mai you can visit.
But if you are ready for independent travel in the province of Chiang Mai, the following information may be useful to you:
- How to get to Chiang Mai
- Transport Chiang Mai
- Chiang Mai hotels, where to stay
- Chiang Mai Sights
- The attractions of the province
- Map Of Chiang Mai
Weather in Chiang Mai, the tourist seasons
Chiang Mai is in Northern Thailand at the altitude of 316 meters above sea level, and in this regard, the weather in Thai standards is considered cold here, but by Russian standards, more pleasant and comfortable than in other parts of the country.
The tourist season here lasts all year round, and the best time to visit is considered the cold season from December to February because at this time, set a comfortable not hot weather and rain almost never falls.
During the year there are three seasons:
The cold season. From November to February. The day temperature is very comfortable, but the nights can be cool, and need warm clothes. Rain almost never falls. This is the recommended and the ideal time to visit the city and province.
The hot season. From March to June. The hottest time of the year with daytime temperatures reaching 40 degrees. A bit of rain, but the humidity is very high. What is bad, in this period of frequent forest fires in the jungle and, as a result, much smoke, the inability to enjoy the scenery and Hiking in the jungle. This period is referred to as the "fire season" and is not recommended to visit.
The rainy season. From July to October. The temperature is quite comfortable, but this time rainfall. Fortunately, the rains are usually short-lived, though, and plentiful. This is overall quite a good season to get acquainted with the sights in and around the city, but not the best choice for making Hiking trips to the mountains and villages and exotic tribes.
Seasons in Chiang Mai by months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Weather in Chiang Mai and forecast
Time to Chiang Mai
Time difference between Chiang Mai and Moscow is +4 hours in winter and summer.
Current time in Chiang Mai:
Clothing. Despite the fact that Chiang Mai has a tropical climate, the nights can be quite cold, especially in the winter months and especially in high mountain areas. Therefore, going here, take warm clothes, for example, a light jacket and a turtleneck or sweater.
Map. Free map of Chiang Mai you will be able to find at the reception of most hotels and guesthouses. These cards are marked all the most important sights of the city.
Sightseeing. Attractions within the old town can be explored on foot, armed with a map. But take your time, because to at least briefly explore all the temples within the old city, will need at least two days.
Food. Don't forget to try the signature dish of Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai sausage. You can find them in many places in the city from 30 baht per portion. One portion quite possible to eat.
Trekking in Chiang Mai. One of the most popular activities for tourists in Chiang Mai is trekking in mountains and villages and exotic tribes. Read practical information "trekking in Northern Thailand".