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Visit Chiang Mai and you’ll discover a city with a difference. This cultural hub of ancient temples sits in the northern region of Thailand, surrounded by lush jungles and tropical rain forests.
Take the time to visit Chiang Mai’s relaxed ancient city and you’ll discover some of the best experiences that Thailand has to offer. Chiang Mai is known as the country’s kitchen, offering sensational dishes and unique cuisines that you would only come across in the north. Make your Thailand honeymoon unforgettable with a traditional Thai cooking class that’ll make you a pro with a wok in no time! If you prefer to keep away from the idea of cooking when you’re on holiday, head to the streets for bustling night markets that showcase mouth-watering som tam salads and spicy khao soi noodles.
Chiang Mai houses an incredible collection of temples and Buddhist shrines that'll dazzle every member of the family, ranging from those gilded in gold like Doi Suthep to the crumbling walls of War Chedi Luang; holidays to Chiang Mai really do offer so much to soak up!
Thailand is a destination for everyone, with gorgeous golden beaches, beautiful wildlife and stunning cities, not to mention the delicious food - this is a paradise for foodies! We offer so many incredible itineraries to suit honeymooners, couples and families that are all looking for the perfect Thailand luxury holiday. This trip is truly irresistible!
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between November and February due to the consistently warm weather and an absence of heavy rainfall, those visiting in November can also witness Loi Kra-thong, a beautiful lantern festival native to northern Thailand.
The perfect honeymoon in Thailand is incomplete without visiting Chiang Mai’s distinct and cultural city. Discover ancient temples, travel to beautiful waterfalls, taste incredible dishes together and create unforgettable memories at elephant sanctuaries. Stay in lavish hotels like the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai and the Anantara Golden Triangle, and experience the best of a Thailand luxury holiday when you book with us.
Couples looking for something different will absolutely adore Chiang Mai’s authentic and immersive city. Spend your days tasting cuisines native to Thailand’s northern region, head up the mountains to discover Doi Suthep’s incredible golden temple and spend your evening clinking glasses at lavish resorts. Holidays to Chiang Mai Thailand are truly unmissable, and this destination definitely worth visiting as part of a Thailand itinerary.
Those looking for an unforgettable Thailand family holiday need to add a visit to Chiang Mai to their itinerary. The whole family will love discovering the city’s awe-inspiring ancient temples, and getting up close with the rescued elephants that reside in the hillside sanctuaries. With plenty of restaurants to choose from that cater to both the daring and the conservative diner alike, even the pickiest of children can find something to make them happy. Pair a holiday to Chiang Mai with a beach holiday in Phuket or Koh Samui and you’ve got the perfect Thailand family holiday.
Venture outside of the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand and you will find an elephant sanctuary with a difference.
Elephant Nature Park is home to hundreds of rescued elephants and allows the majestic mammals to roam the abundant terrain freely. Situated 60 kilometres outside of the city and sitting on 101 hectares of land – the equivalent of around 100 football fields – there is a great deal of exploring to be done and a huge population of adorable elephants to be seen. With knowledgeable guides on hand to answer any questions you may have, you’ll leave this park understanding more about these unique creatures.
Often referred to simply as Doi Suthep, this stunning temple complex is located up an easily-accessible mountain just on the outskirts of Chiang Mai that not only promises an incredible experience, but also exceptional views.
Don’t be put off by the huge 306-step staircase that precedes the entrance, you can always take the cable car up if the heat gets a bit too much! What you’ll see when you arrive at the summit is absolutely mesmerising. The whole temple complex is gilded in bright yellow gold that glistens in the sun, with jewels punctuating the shiny exterior. Be sure to stop by the waterfalls halfway up the mountain; they’re truly incredible to see!
You may think you know Thai food, but you haven’t sampled the full spectrum of Thai cuisine until you’ve visited Chiang Mai.
Forget pad thai and satay chicken, up north it’s all about four key flavours; hot, salt, sour and sweet. These incredible flavours pack a punch when used together, and the result is really addictive! Try som tam; a fresh spicy salad that makes a great lunch side dish, or Khao soi; a delicious noodle dish which involves rice noodles in a curry-flavoured broth.
Take a trip to any country in South East Asia and you’ll discover that while it goes cold after sundown back home, the air becomes a much more manageable temperature compared to the intense heat of the days in Asia, and as a result dozens of night markets spring up!
Chiang Mai is no exception to this rule, in fact it’s fair to say that the city puts on some of the best markets in Thailand. Head to the main street and you’ll find on most balmy evenings that the buildings become lined with colourful stands serving mouth-watering Thai dishes and all kinds of souvenirs. Be sure to try the Thai fish cakes, they’re delicious!
Northern Thailand has an incredible cuisine that sets it apart from the rest of the country, up here it’s all about four elements; hot, sour, sweet and salt.
After falling in love with curry noodles and spicy salads, why not try your hand at a Thai cooking class? Fire up the wok at one of the many cooking classes within the city and you’ll learn all about the ingredients that go into Thai cuisine, how to prepare them, and after cooking you’ll finally get to enjoy them.
Best Time To Travel:
November - April
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