Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is the main hub of northern Thailand, with a population of over 170,000 in the city itself and 1 million in the metropolitan area (making it Thailand’s fifth-largest city).

Located on a plain at at a little over 600 feet (300 m), Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains and lush countryside, where hill tribe trekking is popular.

It is much greener and quieter than the capital, Bangkok, and cooler as well, yet maintains a cosmopolitan air, including a significant expatriate population and those moving from Bangkok.

Inside Chiang Mai’s remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the 1200s, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Baan Hmon-Oon

Baan Hmon-Oon is a homely style resort that offers stylish and comfortable accommodation. It is a 20-minute drive from Chiang Mai International Airport. Free Wi-Fi and parking are available at the site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$96 - $79

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Baan Montien

Baan Montien is located in the heart Chiang Mai and within walking distance of various ancient attractions. Free WiFi access is available. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a flat-screen cable TV, a kettle and a refrigerator. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

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1 Nimman Gallery Hotel

1 Nimman Gallery Hotel is a 2-minute walk to Nimmanhaemin Road. It offers stylish accommodation with free Wi-Fi. A 5-minute drive to Chiang Mai Zoo, the hotel features a tour desk and laundry service. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$39

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B2 Black

B2 Black Hotel is a 5-minute drive from Chiang Mai’s trendiest area of Nimmanhaemin Road with plenty of local restaurants and nightlife options. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are available for all guests. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$17 - $31

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Hotel the California

Located next to Wat Chedi Luang and on Sunday Walking Market, Hotel the California offers free WiFi and an on-site restaurant. For convenience, sightseeing tours can be arranged at the on-site tour desk. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
3Q Chiangmai Residence

3Q Chiangmai Residence

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, 3Q Chiangmai Residence is set in Chiang Mai, 1.7 km from Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Jaidee Bamboo Huts

Jaidee Bamboo Huts

Situated 400 metres from Wat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai, Jaidee Bamboo Huts welcomes guests with a restaurant and bar. You will find a kettle in the room. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
The Grand Wipanan Residence

The Grand Wipanan Residence

The Grand Wipanan Residence features stylish rooms with full facilities and modern interiors. It boasts an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. Free Wi-Fi is available in the entire property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34 - $64

$34-
Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel

Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel

Directly connected to Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, this hotel features 6 dining options and an outdoor pool. Overlooking the mountains, Lotus also has a fitness centre and a sauna. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34 - $241

$34-
Chiangmai Chaiyo Hotel

Chiangmai Chaiyo Hotel

A 10-minute drive from the city centre, Chiangmai Chaiyo Hotel offers modern designed rooms and free WiFi in public areas. All rooms come with air conditioning, a seating area and a flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Nap In Fest

Nap In Fest

Located in a convenient area of Chiang Mai, just a few minutes walk to Central Festival, guests staying at Nap In Fest can easily reach public transportation, restaurants, hospitals and grocery stores. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
NIDA Rooms Triple Nine Mae Hia Sky

NIDA Rooms Triple Nine Mae Hia Sky

Featuring free WiFi, NIDA Rooms Triple Nine Mae Hia Sky offers accommodation in Chiang Mai. Rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport is 1. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Lanshan Boutique Hotel

Lanshan Boutique Hotel

Lanshan Boutique Hotel offers free WiFi access in all areas. Free on-site parking is available. Guests can visit Chiang Mai Gate, which is just 100 metres from the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Baan Montien

Baan Montien

Baan Montien is located in the heart Chiang Mai and within walking distance of various ancient attractions. Free WiFi access is available. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a flat-screen cable TV, a kettle and a refrigerator. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Home Hour

Home Hour

Offering a terrace and views of the garden, Home Hour is situated in Chiang Mai, 5 km from Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. Certain rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Bite Size Room@Nimman

Bite Size Room@Nimman

Set 400 metres from Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre in Chiang Mai, this air-conditioned apartment features a balcony. This apartment provides an outdoor pool and free WiFi. The unit is fitted with a kitchenette. A TV is provided. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
The Nimman Condo

The Nimman Condo

Located in Chiang Mai, this air-conditioned apartment features a garden with an outdoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool. The apartment is 400 metres from Nimman Haemin. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34

$34-
Star Hotel Chiang Mai

Star Hotel Chiang Mai

Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Star Hotel is a 2-minute walk away from the Night Bazaar Street. It features an on-site restaurant and free parking. Guests enjoy free WiFi access in all areas. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$34 - $283

$34-
Bunthomstan

Bunthomstan

Situated in the Nimmanhaemin district in Chiang Mai, 300 metres from Nimman Haemin, Bunthomstan boasts air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
M.Y Home Hotel

M.Y Home Hotel

Located in Chang Moi, M.Y Home Hotel is just 100 metres away from Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. A 24-hour front desk and free WiFi are available at the property. Overlooking the city views, each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Furama Chiang Mai

Furama Chiang Mai

A 5-minute drive from Chiang Mai’s city centre, Furama offers spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs. The hotel has 2 swimming pools and 4 dining options, including a rooftop restaurant. Free WiFi is available in the rooms. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $850

$35-
MD House

MD House

MD House is situated in the heart of Chiang Mai’s city centre and offers rooms with satellite TV. The hotel features free Wi-Fi and an outdoor pool. Rooms at MD House are air conditioned and include a private bathroom with hot shower. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35 - $34

$35-

Highlighted Interests:

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Cultural
Temples
There are hundreds of temples in Chiang Mai and its outskirts, with a dozen stand-outs of historical or architectural significance within walking distance of each other in the old part of the city. Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai exhibit a mixture of Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon architectural styles that reflect the varied heritage of Northern Thailand.

The most famous temple is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which overlooks the city from a mountainside about 15 km away. Built in 1383 during the Lanna Thai period, the temple offers great views over the city. Visitors may hike or take a cable car.
Combination
Unique Cultures

Hilltribe Villages

There are roughly a dozen distinct hilltribe groups in Thailand, most of which live in northern Thailand and play an important part in the cultural tapestry of the hills that dominate the region. Visiting hilltribe villages as part of a trek or tour, is a popular activity in Chiang Mai although most within 1-2 days travel of Chiang Mai are likely to be touristic. Those seeking a more authentic experience need to hike a few more days to get further from the city.
Natural
Lowland Mountains
The entire northern region of Thailand is made of hills. This is the land of the hilltribes, and increasingly of sizeable cities such as Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The hills help to separate areas from each other, but they also mean that hiking in the region invariably involves lots of ups and downs.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Combination
Boat Tours
Natural
Waterfalls
Rafting
Tropical Forests

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