If you enjoy trekking, elephant camps, and drinking, this is your place. Having said that, you can enjoy all of these activites equally in Chaing Rai, for much less money, and also enjoy the White Temple, Golden Triangle, and the summer palace of the King's mother (a truly remarkable woman!)
Love Chiang Mai but the decision to close bars at 12am spoilt this trip for me. During the day I am busy enjoying al the activities in the area and like my wee snooze before I go out socialising but by the time I had dinner then on to the bars I was left with about 2 hours max .
Just getting into the mood and bars close.
chiengmai province is one of a beautiful romance and lovely country of thailand you will see a lot of amazing things there such as temples foods beautiful natural place elephant villege that will make you can not forget it espectialy the friendly people there.
Very lively city, a lot to see and do. Great cooking classes. Main thing to know : tourist must stay in the city as city traffic management is verypoor : red lights take between 3 and 4 minutes, as a result it can take 45 MINUTES TO ONE HOURS FOR A MILE !
Chiang Mai is quite a pleasant city but with a lot of traffic during day time. The area within the old city walls are good to walk around absorbing the city life and visiting numerous temples.
There are also a couple of museums. This city has a lot of history and culture.
A huge range of activities in and around Chiang Mai, which will suit all types. Rivers, Mountains, Caves, Gardens, Elephants etc etc Often changing, so best to consult local tour operators.
It is easy to get around and explore alleys because the old city perimeter is aligned to the north. Asian families would probably prefer the north west side of the old city (Nimmana)
Chiang Mai is very relaxed and enjoyable with many varied activities to choose from, a regional cuisine that is distinct from southern Thailand and great night markets.
The traffic is manageable, very different from the gridlock common in Bangkok. Elephant sanctuaries, mountains, zip lining, pagodas, temples, and many other sights are easy to visit from Chiang Mai on day trips.
I Really liked Chiang Mai, it was a total change from what I experienced in Bangkok & Phuket. The people were really friendly and didn't hassle you for money.
The city is easy to get around and covered ute drivers were everywhere. It seems still Thailand, just more relaxed.
Loved Chiang Mai - best part of the visit was visiting the Elephant Nature Park and walking the night market and culinary food tour of the night market
Chiang Mai is a hub of many surrounding destinations. The airport is wonderful and modern and the transportation to and from is easy and affordable.
Chiang Mai city is rich and busy as any capitol city would be, yet somehow relaxed more than most. For example, when I was walking around the busy city I would hear very few horns being honked. I noticed how quite it was compared to so many capitol cities.
Small narrow roads everywhere you go, several taxi and tuk tuk all over, food is excellent, food vendors on every street, several malls in the area.
Hundreds of temples to visit scattered all over the city. Don't let someone talk you into paying more than 1000B for a day worth of sightseeing. Some locations are a bit of distance from the city but an honest taxi will take you around for the day for 1000B, pay at the end of your day only. The zoo is well worth the visit but there are several added expenses once inside. Tiger kingdom is expensive (500-1500B per person) but is an unreal experience too, be careful inside.
Chiang Mai is most beautiful city, you can enjoy with every place and have many activities around there especially about cultural and traditional.
If have time, suggest to go up on hill in winter season and stay there for few days, natural view, weather, local food and friendliness of people
Chiang Mai is the base to go do many different outdoor activities in the mountains and the countryside: hiking, rafting, climbing, kayaking etc.
There are many spas and massages are nice and cheap.
great place to visit the sites but I recommend renting a car with a GPS to get around in. The city can be a little confusing without a GPS.
If you like golf, there are a few nice courses in a 30 minute vicinity.
I like this small city, it is quite and you can spend time in the city as you enjoy the local spa or you can walking around the mountain.
Nice place for those like to eat and enjoy coffee, there're a lot of coffee shop, restaurants and dessert shops in Nimmanna Haeminda Rd.
In the old city, there're a lot of historical places (especially temples). Lanna Folklife Museum is very interesting. Outside the city, there are a lot of Doi (mountain) for you to explore, trekking places and waterfall.
One of the most beautiful cities I have visited. Lots to do and see whether shopping, night life, dining, and massages for relaxing.
I particularly like the historical museums, a day trip by itself. Also visited an elephant sanctuary---wonderful working with the elephants. On a previous trip, I took a trek into the mountains and stayed with a Karen tribe. Very memorable.
Peace and super clean city. Has many activities to do like trekking, drafting, jumping bungy etc... Food is very cheap and deliciuos.
Hi, Chaing Mai is a peaceful city. Everything are very slow, it will be suitable for someone who need the fresh air and low noise
Peaceful city. Nice place for switching off your brain for few days, self-drive friendly and a lot of hawker food bazaar around.
Nice place and very different setting from bustling Bangkok. Beautiful Temples, Mountains to trek and lots os spas and massage.
I expected it to be cooler in temperature though, But it was hot (in last week of December). Up in the mountains it is chillier. With Fantastic Views. Must take the road trip to White Temple in Chiang Rai as well. Worth the visit.
Efter at have fejret jul i Bangkok var det dejligt at genbesøge Chiang Mai til nytår og at komme ned i gear i denne rolige by
the tuk tuk / taxi price is not standard sometimes, i usually would ask local hotel staff the price as reference in advance
A very different city compared to Bangkok. People are much friendlier and have a very different attitude towards tourists.
very nice city... much slower than Bangkok, easy to move around and able to join many outdoor activities, excellent.
Chiang Mai is now a very diverse city. Every year I travel to this city and slowly seeing this transition.
IT keeps changing to be more and more welcome to international travelers and Chiang Mai will never make you feel disappointed. IT has all kind of entertainment you search for, from great and valuable foods to hotels to shopping and spa. Even cater to those who love to venture out. I often travel there and keep changing my destinations for many years and still have other locations in the city which excite me to make a visit over and over again; for ex, hills and mountains which are scattered all over the entire city.
Beautiful and good weathered City in Thailand to visit between November to January for the cool weather.
Moutains/Tree Tops dining, Tigers/Elephants camps, Zoo, Night Safari, Night Markets with several night spots, perfect holiday spot
Beutiful city, warm welcome of local people, weahter is chilling during december and january. Relaxing.