• Wat Phra Singh

Chiang Mai Holidays

Nestled in the verdant jungles and tranquil foothills of Southeast Asia’s ‘Golden Triangle’, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you to receive your culture fix in Thailand. Colourful temples and night markets abound in this picturesque setting. Immerse yourself in the laid-back vibe of this northern city, where you are free to be as active or as relaxed as you desire.

Chiang Mai was a significant capital city back in the 13th century. You can still see fragments of the old city walls, as well as many graceful Buddhist pagodas dotted across this delightfully green urban landscape: Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang are just two of the many lovely examples.

Nature and culture combine in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai holidays offer a diverse array of fun activities for you to indulge in. The friendly atmosphere might make you wish you had more time to spend here. After a day of temple-hopping, we highly recommend you head out to the night markets where you can slurp khao soi noodles and discover unique, local handicrafts for your loved ones. After an action-packed morning of whitewater rafting or ziplining, spend your afternoon in the kitchen with a hands-on Thai cooking course. We recommend you visit the traditional hill tribe villages as one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai, and a thrilling jungle trek is one of the ways to get to them.

Flights to Chiang Mai are a short hop from the capital, or you might wish to catch the overnight train for a fun-filled way to slumber before waking up in the north. Once you’ve explored Chiang Mai and nearby Chiang Rai, escape the hubbub of urban life and catch a flight from Chiang Mai Airport to one of Thailand’s many famous beach resorts for your chance to recharge and unwind.

Destination Highlights
  • Slowly soak in the culture of Chiang Mai as you amble around - the city is very flat making it ideal to experience it by foot or bicycle
  • Embrace the colourful Chiang Mai nightlife in arguably the best night market in Thailand
  • Cruise Mae Ping River aboard a longtail boat, and observe local life on the riverbank
  • Visit the exquisite and atmospheric Doi Suthep Temple, a holy Buddhist site with golden stupas and saffron-robed monks

Our favourite hotels

Our top recommendations on where to stay in Chiang Mai are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like just tell us and we’ll find the perfect Chiang Mai hotel to suit your needs.

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Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Chiang Mai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,949  pp

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Ruen Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind Village

Chiang Mai

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Tamarind Village
a room with a pool table

Dusit D2

Chiang Mai

H&J Rating
Dusit D2

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours.

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland to Bangkok, and then regular connecting flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa if they’re staying less than 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Thailand.

Chiang Mai may be smaller and more relaxed than Bangkok but there is still an enormous amount to see and do there. There are cooking classes, temple visits, street food and culture. Beyond its boundaries, you'll find awe-inspiring scenery and unique communities deep in the mountains. The city is also home to numerous museums that give a glimpse into its rich history and we would recommend you take some time to explore the beautiful and numerous green spaces around the city. Time your visit right and you could witness one of the many festivals which the city hosts, such as Songkran Festival, Bo Sang Umbrella & Sankampang Handicrafts Festival.

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    Flight of the Gibbon - Zip Wire

    Soar through lush, ancient rainforest recognized as the most beautiful in all of Thailand.

  • River cruise

    Relax in Chiang Mai

    Leave the city behind and relax awhile, carried along the cool waters of the River Ping. See the fascinating way of life along the river.

  • Wat Prathat Doi Suthep

    Doi Suthep Temple

    A great excursion to start off your stay in Chiang Mai by giving you an overview of the beautiful city with over 700 years of history.

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    Chiang Mai Temples

    Chiang Mai is home to around 300 Buddhist temples, some of which are older than the 700-year-old city itself.

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Average weather in January

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Chiang Mai
28ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

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Chiang Mai
31ºC
7mm

Average weather in March

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Chiang Mai
34ºC
14mm

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Chiang Mai
35ºC
47mm

Average weather in May

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Chiang Mai
33ºC
150mm

Average weather in June

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Chiang Mai
31ºC
100mm

Average weather in July

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Chiang Mai
30ºC
141mm

Average weather in August

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Chiang Mai
30ºC
167mm

Average weather in September

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Chiang Mai
30ºC
197mm

Average weather in October

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Chiang Mai
29ºC
148mm

Average weather in November

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Chiang Mai
29ºC
36mm

Average weather in December

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Chiang Mai
28ºC
15mm
  • a woman smiling for the camera

    Katie

    Destination Specialist

    “Read up on the local customs before you arrive. It can be easy to offend – little things like touching someone on the head or pointing your finger are big no-no’s in Thailand.” 

Types of Chiang Mai holidays

Anantara Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Chiang Mai’s list of must-visit temples, or ‘wats’, is a long one. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep looks over the city from Mount Suthep, and was built to enshrine a bone fragment from Buddha’s shoulder. Wat Phra Singh, meanwhile, is home to an incredible mosaic sanctuary and glittering Lion Buddha.

Scooter hire is popular in Chiang Mai, and there are plenty of rental shops around the old city and Tha Phae Gate in particular. Always choose an established, reputable company and an undamaged bike, and check if your travel insurance covers you – the accident rate is high. 

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