Detail of golden warrior statue from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai

A window to the ancient Lanna culture

The former capital of the Lanna Kingdom in the 13th century, Chiang Mai today continues to serve as a cultural and administrative centre of Northern Thailand.

Though the metropolitan area of Chiang Mai has a population of more than a million, the historic centre has a laid-back atmosphere more akin to a provincial town than a capital city. Beyond the Old City there is vast green countryside and rainforests ideal for trekking and exploring the ethnic minority villages.


  • A pleasant walking-town to explore the Old City and its ancient temples within the walled moat
  • Charming boutiques, galleries, and dining options
  • A large number of ethnic minority groups live in the northern region making it a culturally rich and colourful
Within Easy Reach Of...
Chiang Mai International Airport is the gateway to northern Thailand destinations with a domestic and international terminal. The airport is 4km/2.5 miles from the city centre.
Chiang Rai 3hr 20min drive
Bangkok 1hr 15min flight
Phuket 2hr flight
Travel Tips
  • Visit Wat Doi Suthep, a sacred hilltop temple with gilded statues, pagodas, shrines, and a museum
  • Browse through the night market where you’ll find clothes, souvenirs, and mouth-watering street food on offer
  • Explore the villages of ethnic minority groups in the nearby countryside

Hotels We Recommend

Four Seasons Chiang Mai Villa River View

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai

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Suitable for:
Families, Groups, MICE, Romance

137 Pillars House

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Suitable for:
Corporate, Couples, Families, Honeymooners, LGBT

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families

X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort

Chiang Mai | Thailand

Suitable for:
Couples, Families

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