About Chiang Mai Province

Chiang Mai Province

This idyllic province, nestled in the mountainous area of North Thailand, is a not-so-secret paradise for travelers from all over the world.

Whether you want to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the city, or lose yourself in outdoor pursuits, both Chiang Mai and FlipKey can help make your dreams a reality.

About Chiang Mai Province

Chiang Mai is the second largest province in Thailand. But, despite its similar size, it is very different to Bangkok.

If you're looking for a sophisticated metropolitan getaway, Bangkok is where you should go. For everything else, head to Chiang Mai province.

It's more like a rural retreat. But, don't worry, it has everything you need for a fantastic vacation.

Chiang Mai can be found near the Mae Ping River Basin, surrounded by the glorious mountain ranges of the Thai highlands. This provides spectacular views and lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures.

Founded in 1296 and originally the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, it was the cultural core and the center of Thailand's Buddhist faith. In fact, King Meng Rai built an incredible number of temples that you can still visit today.

What to do in Chiang Mai Province

Chiang Mai Province is a beautiful destination with plenty of natural and manmade wonders for you to explore.

Discover Doi Inthanon National Park, and climb to the summit of the highest mountain in Thailand—Doi Inthanon itself. Make sure you don't miss the waterfalls, either!

Explore the city and markets, and make sure you visit the spectacular temples. Even the steps leading up to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep are impressive.

For you foodies, why not try a cooking course? You'll learn how to make traditional local meals including nam phrik ong—a spicy chili paste made with minced pork and tomatoes. Yum!

The adventurous holidaymaker can try their hand at rafting, hiking and mountain biking. But, if you're looking for a more laid back vacation, we'd suggest soaking in the hot springs and taking a leisurely stroll around the botanical gardens.

There are also plenty of places for you to interact with elephants. You may even get to feed them (they like fruit and veggies, just so you know).

Top travel tips for Chiang Mai Province

Chiang Mai province doesn't really get cold, but it does get wet—thanks to the tropical climate. Just remember to pack a lightweight mac and you'll be all set!

If you want to truly explore the city, take a tuk-tuk or a samlor (rickshaw). They're great fun and can wind in and out of the traffic with ease.

This part of Thailand is known for its hand-crafted items. From silver jewelry to elaborate parasols, you'll see it all in the local markets. Make sure you pick up a souvenir or two.

Chiang Mai has everything you could possibly need for the perfect vacation. Just book your vacation rental on FlipKey and start your adventure today. You won't regret it, and you'll create unforgettable memories.