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A major town on the route to the furthest parts of northern parts of Thailand, Chiang Mai is a great city to use as a base to discover the surrounding areas or simply relax. The main city houses many great temples that are easy to walk to and with a bustling night market on Saturday and Sunday it's easy to absorb a few days of your schedule up. More sites and temples outside of the city that can be reached on moped, hired transport or through a guided tour through one of the million "travel agents" mean you really can spend a week here easily. The location of the airport just a few kilometers from town, and only 120B in a taxi make this one for those short on time. It's also on the main line from Bangkok and the night train north was a highlight from our first trip here several years ago. So, interested in visiting northern Thailand rather than the beaches? Hills, adventure, tribes? Then look into Chiang Mai and the surrounding provinces. 

Chiang Mai City Map

Although some of the guide books state that in high season it can be difficult to get accommodation, I'd beg to differ! If there was a beer festival where each and every one of the zillions of bars served free beer and all the accommodation was free, then I think there'd still be room available at the Inn.

Eating and Drinking
Thankfully you can get good Thai food quite easily in Chiang Mai. Unthankfully (is that a word?) you can quite easily get some bad Thai for in Chiang Mai. The tip is to dodge any bar that houses a group of local "entertaining girls". There are quite a few bars that are owned and run by FArang's and their female partners - so the bars are good and so is the food!

We've highlighted 4 zones for drinking on our map and below are listed some of the places that we've really enjoyed food. There really are that many bars and quite a few with "For Sale" signs on them - that has to tell you something about the saturation of bars in the area.

Oh, welcome to Chiang Mai, and if you haven't tried Khoi Soi before... then do whilst you're in town.

Sites & Activities
Chaing Mai has long been on the tourist route and they do their best to keep you in the north and spending you Baht with them. You can do everything from bake a cake Thai style, mountain bike through the region on a 3 day tour, tackle rapids in a canoe and walk through the trees like a gibbon. It seems to have fast become something for newby backpackers to list as an achievement on a visit to Thailand.
There are so many temples that can be visited and a lot of them are steeped in history. We've put together two routes that you can follow on two separate days: one in the city and one that takes in some of those that could be reached by bicycle but only if you're Sir Chris Hoy!

Walking Temple Tour
You could pay a tour company about 490 Baht for pretty much the same as we’ve written, or just walk along at your own pace and spend the money on a massage and lunch! There’s a digital map to support this walk. There are more temples, but we found this to be the most structured route offering a mixture of styles and structures. [more]

Cycling/ Moped Tour

You can comfortably reach several very nice temples outside of the "walled and moated" city area, though to reach Doi Su Thep you'll really need to get motorised transport. The hill is steep and twisty and even though we met someone who'd cycled a chunk of the way and travelled the rest in the back of a pick-up, there was no way that she was going to risk cycling back down on her hired bicycle. 


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