Chiang Mai is distinct for cuisine, the manner of speaking and medieval architecture, derived in many ways from its strategic location historically and once foreign occupation. Located amongst dense forested mountains, this relatively cooler area is home to Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon. Given nature’s abundance, there is a lot to do in the outdoors. Chiang Rai, a 3-hour drive away is more pastoral and suited to travellers who seek peace and quiet including tranquil boat rides on the Mae Kok river.

The shopping is unique – with a long tradition of handicrafts and art – handmade parasols, woodcarvings, silverware and “teak furniture” at incredible prices.

The region’s distinctness and better climate is a big draw for tourists and accordingly, several options of hotels including high-end boutique resorts are now available in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai, along with restaurants, bars and the relatively unrestricted if “not in the face” nightlife.

Golf in Chiang Mai & Golf in Chiang Rai comes with a difference too. The cooler climes of the hilly region, the vistas on offer and the terrain, which lends automatically to great golf course layout and design afford a top quality experience in several golf courses that have come up here. 

BEST TIME TO GOLF IN CHIANG MAI & CHIANG RAI: Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai experience cooler weather compared to Bangkok and the other regions in the south. The best time to visit is between October and February when it hardly rains and temperatures are around 28 degrees C. The temperatures in the nearby hilly & mountains is cooler & ideal for trekking & nature activities. The hot season of March to June sees temperatures around 35 degrees Celsius and the wet season is between July and September when you see afternoon downpours with high humidity & occasional thunderstorms.

Type of Climate in Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai: Tropical Monsoon climate

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City tour of Chiang Mai where the city centre itself is a concentration of beautiful temples. A visit to Doi Inthanon which is the highest peak in Thailand. Spend a day with the elephants either at the elephant farm or as part of a river cruise. Visit the Golden Triangle and learn more about the indigenous tribal culture. Shop for intricate handicrafts and trek, cycle, camp or river raft in the surrounding areas.



How to get to Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai has an international airport and many airlines fly directly into Chiang Mai which is the gateway to the north of Thailand. Some airlines however don’t directly land in Chiang Mai and you will need to take a connecting flight from Bangkok.

How to get to Chiang Rai: Chiang Rai has an international airport and some domestic & international airlines fly directly into Chiang Rai. However, it is not as well connected as Chiang Mai.

You can also get to Chiang Rai by road from Chiang Mai. It is a 3 hour journey to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai. If you are visiting Chiang Mai, it will be a good idea to combine a visit to Chiang Rai as well in the same trip.

CURRENCY: Thai Baht (THB) | Avg Currency Value: 1 USD = 35 THB (Currency Converter)

VISA: Entering Thailand is easy enough. Visitors from 41 countries are not required to get a visa for stays of up to 30 days. Most other nationalities, Indians included, can get a 15 day visa on arrival. Make sure your passport has six months validity before you decide to travel to Thailand.

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