Chiang Mai Travel Guide
Chiang Mai Flower
Chiang Mai is renowned as "Rose of the North" because of its prosperity of flowers richly blooming in the pleasant climate. As the city hiding itself among mountains with many natural wonders, Chiang Mai is the best choice for those who want to get away from a condensed city like Bangkok.
It is the real charm drawing flows of tourists who want to experience from all over the world each year.
Not just only natural attractions, the local people are another significance making Chiang Mai more precious and unforgettable. Their products like silk, silverware, woodcrafts and many other handcrafts are unique souvenirs which cannot be found anywhere. Apart from Bangkok, Chiang Mai is ranked as the second most developed city in Thailand which ensure the tourists that its extremely wide variety of accommodations, restaurants and entertainment there can make them a worth joining visit.
How to go Chiang Mai
It is easier to go there by plane as Chiang Mai is a hot spot for travel; Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) handles both domestic and regional international flights. Thai Airways has a flight daily almost every hour, with additional flights during the peak tourist season. Also, there are many other airlines operating direct services to Chiang Mai, such as Air Asia, Air Mandalay, Bangkok Airways, China Airlines, Korean Airlines, Lao Airlines, Nok Air, One-Two-Go, SGA, Silk Air and so forth.
To reach the airport, just take a short drive from the south-west of the city, approximately 3 km. Going anywhere in the city will only take about 120 baht for flat rate on legal airport taxis.
Buses to Chiang Mai leave from Bangkok's Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit), with various ranges of buses to be chosen all day long: from the cheapest ones with non air-conditioned taking about 12 hours to non-stop VIP buses and 1st class buses managing the trip within 9 hours.
To Chiang Mai’s train station, all trains leave from Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station. They normally take 12 to 15 hours depending on the service selected. Sprinter trains are entirely second class air-conditioned having no sleeper berths, and are the only kind of trains which cannot transport bicycles. Daytime trains are entirely second and third class, with no sleeper berths; the first "overnight" train of the day leaves Chiang Mai at 2:50PM and arrives in Bangkok at 5:30AM, while the following services arrive at 6:40AM, 7:00AM and 9:10AM.
Chiang Mai train station is approximately 3 km. east of the city centre, across the Ping River and near the main Post Office, at the intersection of Charoen Muang Road and Rat Uthit Road (27 Charoenmuang Road).
It can be said that there are countless fun things to do in Chiang Mai. For example, aerobics, ballooning, bird watching, bungy jumping, cinema, cooking classes, cricket, cycling, elephant riding, fishing, flying, golf, go-karts, hill-tribe treks, horse riding, karaoke, line-dancing, massage schools, pool, rafting, river boat trips, swimming, tennis, walking, water sports, zoo and so on.