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Chiang Mai Travel Guide

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Chiang Mai Essentials

WHEN TO GO

Nov–Feb The perfcet time to visit the city, with great weather and festivals in Nov and Feb.
Mar–May Chinag Mai really starts to heat up and activities are best done early or late afternoon with temps up to 40°C in the middle of the day. Note that crop burn-off can make the city hazy.
Jun–Oct Wet season cools things down but the humidity is high and monsoon rains can be relentless, but better weather than Southern Thailand. On the flip side, it’s very quiet tourist-wise

Health

Chiang Mai is a large city and has excellent healthcare facilities, with several very good hospitals. It’s still of great importance that you get full medical insurance for your visit – particularly if you’re hiring a motor scooter. Recommended Vaccinations

Visas

Nationals of most countries can get a free tourist visa on arrrival in Thailand, it’s the length of the visa that varies and can range from 15 days to 90 days. Overstaying visas incurrs daily fines and rules can change overnight so be aware. Some visas can be extended, check the Thai Immigration website.

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CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 30.95 THB
$1.00 AUD = 21.41 THB
€1.00 EUR = 34.94 THB
£1.00 GBP = 39.34 THB

The Thai currency (THB) is called the ‘Baht’, and it’s the only currency used in the country. In touristy areas they may acccept USD but and give change in THB but you’ll suffer an unfavourable exchange rate. It is, however, easy to change most major currencies into THB.

LANGUAGE

THAI IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THAILAND.
Thai language, ‘hello’ in Thai, ‘sawasdee krab’, said by men, and ‘sawasdee ka’ said by women. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN THAILAND IS 220 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
Electricity in Thailand is 220 volts. 50 cycles/sec. Power plugs used in Thailand. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT CHIANG MAI TIME
Time in Bangkok:

Chiang Mai’s Time Zone is (GMT+7)
Chiang Mai’s has never utilised daylight saving.

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

There are direct international flights to Bangkok from most major international destinations. Domestic flights cover all major tourist destinations. Around Bangkok, the BTS Skytrain and MRT Metro are the most efficient means of travel. Quality of taxi services vary wildly, use Grab Taxi, but that can’t stop the traffic jams. Only tourists use tuk-tuks, locals and expats use motorbike taxis.

Chiang Mai Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$30

  • Guesthouse dorm room: US$10–20
  • Night Market dish: US$1.50
  • Rót daang ride: US$0.80-1.20

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$31–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$30–45
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$5–15
  • Food Tour & Cooking Class: US$35

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$201+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$80–500
  • Thai multi-course meal: US$35+
  • Chiang Rai White Temple Tour: US$80+

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