Where to stay in Chiang Mai:
Providing the ultimate stay in the privacy of your own luxurious home, the Chiang Mai Villas from X2 provide the perfect stylish base from which to explore the beautiful temples, famous markets and delightful restaurants of the magical cultural capital of Thailand.
Tranquil surroundings of nature, rice fields, temples and local markets yet just 20 minutes outside the Walled City and 30 minutes from the international airport, Taladya Homestay offers warm hospitality in a spacious luxury residence. Rooms are adorned with locally-sourced touches such as a celadon tea set, Thai silk pillows and bed runners and art-work reflecting Chiang Mai’s own distinctive personality and charm.
About Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second city, the one time the capital of the ancient Lanna kingdom. The “Rose of the North” as it is now known, is a safe, laid-back city with a profusion of natural beauty, history and ancient Buddhist, as well as modern, culture.
Chiang Mai’s northern location and moderate elevation at the base of the mountains of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui are a constant and scenic reminder of the city’s magical beginnings; it also results in the city having a more temperate climate than that of much of Central, Eastern and Southern Thailand.
A wide range of adventure activities are easily accessible, such as white-water rafting, elephant tours (as well as the Elephant Nature Park), visits to hill tribe villages and, of course, spa retreats.
Getting to Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai has an international airport that can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi from the main tourist areas. Direct flights are now available to many cities, such as Bangkok, Phuket, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Kunming and Shanghai, amongst others. Additionally, since August 2014, Kan Airlines runs a service between Chiang Mai and Hua Hin using a 9-seater Hawker Beechcraft business jet. For the time being, however, flights from the UK to Chiang Mai are routed via Bangkok.
Thai Airways, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Silkair, SGA Aero, China Airlines, Air Mandalay, Air Asia, Nokair, Lao Airlines currently fly to Chiang Mai (CNX), but the list changes frequently.
Best time to visit Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate, tempered by the low latitude and height above sea level (around 300m), with warm to hot weather year-round. Evening conditions during the dry season can be cool though and night-time temperatures are much lower than daytime highs.
The climate in Chiang Mai can be divided in to three main seasons:
• A cool/dry season from mid Oct-mid Feb
• A hot season from mid Feb-mid Jun
• A wet season from mid Jun-mid Oct
Seasonal weather averages in Chiang Mai
|Avg. Temp (°C)||23||25||28||30||30||29||28||28||28||27||25||22|
|Avg. High (°C)||30||33||35||37||35||33||32||32||32||31||30||28|
|Avg. Low (°C)||15||16||20||23||24||24||24||24||23||22||19||15|
|Avg. hours sunshine||9||9||9||9||8||6||5||4||6||7||8||9|
|Avg. Rainfall (mm)||10||10||10||50||160||130||160||200||190||110||60||20|
|Avg. Days with rainfall||1||1||3||7||17||18||21||23||20||12||5||2|
Highlights in Chiang Mai:
The ancient Kings built a moated quarter filled with a multitude of temples. This is as much of a draw as the trendy bars, hotels and restaurants that are springing up and providing Chiang Mai with a vibrant nightlife, although one of the city’s main night-time attractions, especially for families, is the Night Bazaar, where you can buy all manner of handicraft goods and, of course, street food!
Culture in Chiang Mai:
Chiang Mai is home to over 300 wats (temples) and no visit would be complete without exploring and discovering the beauty of the world-renowned spiritual side of the city. In these houses of worship is a profusion of art, architecture and enlightenment. For those who are keen to participate more actively, many even offer the chance to talk to monks and take meditation courses.