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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Travel Guide

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Chiang Mai Essentials

CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 36.04 THB
$1.00 AUD = 23.41 THB
€1.00 EUR = 39.05 THB
£1.00 GBP = 45.63 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 © 2022 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 © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

LOCAL TIME

Time in Chiang Mai:

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

WEATHER

CURRENT CHIANG MAI WEATHER

TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) caters to domestic and international flights. The airport is only 3km southwest of the old city. Local carriers such as Nok Air and regional carrier Air Asia can fly from Bangkok for as little as US$35. Internationally, the main destinations are Kuala Lumpur, Luang Prabang and Vientiane. To get around the city, it’s best to use Sŏrng·tăa·ou or Rót daang which are red trucks two rows of seats in the back. You can hire them like a taxi or get on board with other passengers heading the same direction.

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+