Destination

Chiang Mai Holidays

Dynamic and cosmopolitan

The perfect place for a culture fix, Chiang Mai is picturesque paradise at its best.

Swap the hustle and bustle of Thailand's main cities for Chiang Mai's tranquil rainforests and foothills: head to the night markets, best on a weekend, to pick up local handicrafts, food and souvenirs, and try your hand at cooking in a Thai culinary class. With an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy too - such as zip lining and white water rafting - Chiang Mai is wonderfully diverse.

Head just a few hours down the road and visit Chiang Rai to see Thailand's Golden Triangle, or fly directly to the beaches of Phuket to recharge, unwind and relax.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Bustling night markets
  • Zip lining and white water rafting
  • Numerous temples
  • Rainforests
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT +7 hours.
  • 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
  • Flight Time Indirect flights are available from Ireland to Bangkok, and then regular connecting flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Thailand.

Top Tips from our Experts

“Try and stay in Chiang Mai over a Saturday or Sunday night – the night market on these days are the best I have found in the whole of Thailand. It can get busy, but the atmosphere is wonderful.”

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.” 

“Get walking – it’s the best way to see Chiang Mai. Most hotels will be able to provide you with easy walking tours of the city. Give yourself time to meander, don’t rush – take in all the sight, sounds and smells – amazing.”

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Swimming pool

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

Dusit D2

Chiang Mai

H&J Rating
Dusit D2

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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