Chiang Mai/Chiang Mai: tourist information, weather, seasons, time

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General information on Chiang Mai

Восковые фигуры монахов в храме в Чианг-мае

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.

Серебряный храм в Чианг-май

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 "Golden triangle"in 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 the Chiang Mai to explore, and to find and book your tour 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:

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*

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit

Current 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*
The time difference with the cities:
Moscow: +4 Samara: +3
Kazan: +4 Nizhny Novgorod: +4
Ekaterinburg: +2 Novosibirsk: 0
Irkutsk: -1 Vladivostok: -3
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Helpful information

Чиангмайские сосиски

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".

Reviews about Chiang Mai

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
omelnikov1 3 December, 2016

I do not agree. Of course, I was not in Chiang Mai until the mourning, but in mid-November on the street, where establishments with the girls, go quietly was impossible. Clubs work, but up to 12. Bars, and after 12 just blinds down, but hums continues. ...
Agata 10 January, 2017
Was in Chiang Mai in June 2016. An incredible number of impressions. Stayed in a small hotel MONA CHIANG MAI and I loved the service and decor. journey through the vatam is a storm of emotions. Feel like a small man next to the Majesty of history. Elephant trekking, photographing tigers in the TAIGER Kingdom, a two-day visit to the zoo(one day missed), shopping at the night Bazaar and the Bazaar of the day at the main gate. 14 days was not enough, as we alternated trips with relaxing by the pool. The city has peredavalos songteo 20 baht per person for a city driving in a hired car, and stumbled to the driver, in an average of 100 baht per person but with comfort. between the big hotels and shopping malls goes beslatnyj Shuttle, we drove up to the nearby hotel to the desired place and then walked 10 min. The schedule is in the hotels and in the Shuttle. if there is a local cuisine goes very cheap on average 30 baht per person, but it is very spicy when ordering don't forget to say "know spacey" (not acute) but it can not be saved. If you eat more European food is expensive on average 100 baht per person. At the night Bazaar you can see the national show. Very pleased with the trip, children require repetition, never for a moment regretted that I went there and not at sea. ...
resuma88 1 September, 2017
Now planning a trip to Chiang Mai in January. And came upon the information that from December 6, 2017 Qatar Airways starts flying there from Moscow and St. Petersburg via Doha. Even the short dock. The journey time is about 13-14 hours work... ...
admin September 1, 2017
In principle, through Gunjo you can fly with one change, but through Bangkok+Airasia is still cheaper. The truth, of course, do not forget about the change of airport in BKK, which is troublesome and waste of time. ...
Мария01 20 September, 2017
Hello! I want to ask a question. Going to Chiang Mai, fly from Bangkok on 4 November to 23 hours. By studying the information found that we get on holidays She Peng and Loy Krathong. It's pretty cool, but we read that at this time in Chiang Mai release sky lanterns and for this reason can even close the airport. The plane tickets we bought, there are no restrictions on this day was not. Could it be that the airport will actually be closed in the evening due to run lights and our flight is either canceled or postponed? Thanks in advance. ...
admin September 20, 2017

These things are planned in advance, so that if suddenly something will change, the flight will take or cancel in advance, not after the fact. Just watch your flight, check periodically, and everything is OK. ...
mayflower 13 November, 2017
Good afternoon, friends!
I have a question: I would like one day of your stay in Chiang Rai to dedicate around border towns: if you want in Mae SAI though the eye look at Myanmar, because had originally planned to go there, but did not work :( And then drive to SOP Ruak (Golden Triangle), necessarily(!) take a ride on the boat to Lao island, then Chiang Saen and back to Chiang Rai.
Do you think it's a real plan for the day?

The first bus to Mae SAI at 05:50, written 1.5 hour drive. Well, 2 hours there, take a walk. Then the blue songthaews to SOP Ruak, to go, probably at least an hour?
Longer delayed - it is only a boat ride turns out an hour and a half, right? well, around, Yes, about, but to eat another half put on. Total, if I leave at 6 o'clock in the morning, then
somewhere in the 16 hours must be willing to depart from SOP Ruak, right?
I would like to Chiang Saen to call it, the Google map shows that there is very close, only I have not figured out how to get there? Maybe just mototaxista to take? How much can it cost?
And the last question - who knows what time the last bus from Chiang Saen to Chiang Rai go? When you have already come to the bus stop?
Thanks in advance to all concerned!
Elena. ...
admin November 14, 2017
In principle, really do, just not sure about what all goes on so smoothly. I would take a motorbike for such purposes. As for Mae SAI, if you want to look at Myanmar, be sure to climb to the statue of the Scorpion (, there is a great view of the land of Myanmar. And Chiangsaen can skip, because most likely will not have time, and especially there is nothing to watch, IMHO. ...
mayflower 14 November, 2017
Thanks for the advice!
I'd love to take bike if I knew how to drive a little bit :)
I will be content with what you have! ...
admin November 14, 2017

Then make it simple and not torture yourself. In the Golden triangle ride with the tour for the day, I think you will find that path and other places of capture. Discover fully sold on the streets in turagentsva and hotels. And in a single day ride to Mae SAI. Arrive in the city, walk there, see the cave temple, dinner and back. ...