Chiang Mai is often called the city of magnificent temples, which looks like a large garden with houses and roads. Independent holiday in Chiang Mai is a good option to relax in the peaceful, positive and calm atmosphere of the city. In our article we will tell how to spend cheap holidays in Chiang Mai.
The central district of Chiang Mai, which is surrounded by ancient stone walls, is called the Old City. There are a lot of temples and museums, cafes, restaurants, nice guest houses and small boutique hotels in traditional Thai style.
On the eastern side of the Old Town is the Night Market district, which stretches from the walls of the Old Town to the Ping River. In this district there are a lot of good, more budget housing than in the Old City, many restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs and tour offices. The Night Market district is an ideal option for those who want to be close to popular sights.
Housing prices in Chiang Mai are quite affordable, you can rent a room with a shower for 200 THB per night.
The main transport in the city are tuk-tuks and songteos. You can also ride a bicycle in the Old Town without any problems, traffic on the roads here is much calmer than in other districts. Many hotels and guest houses offer bicycles for rent, which cost about 200 THB per day.
To explore the surroundings of Chiang Mai you can rent a car or a motorbike. A motorbike costs from 150 THB per day. You can also rent a car with a driver, which in Chiang Mai will cost about the same as a separate car rental.
Street food is an excellent choice for those who want to eat tastily and inexpensively for 30 THB. In addition to many restaurants and high quality of street food, there are a lot of culinary schools and courses in the city where you can learn to cook basic Thai dishes in a pleasant company and relaxed atmosphere. Daytime programs start with shopping at the market. If you want to taste the best dishes from local chefs and learn a lot about the ingredients and spices you can book the Food tour at our website.
Such charming Buddhist temples as Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Pra Sing and Wat Chiang Man are the landmarks of the city, so the visit to them should be definitely included to your Chiang Mai guide. These temples are located within walking distance from each other in the Old City.
Doi Suthep is located on the top of the mountain, which is 15 kilometers far from Chiang Mai. You can get there by tuk-tuk or songteo from the Old City. Such trip will cost about 150 THB per person. Entrance to the territory of the temple complex for tourists costs about 30 THB. The temple can be reached on foot by 309 steps of the stairs or by funicular (20 THB).
Museum lovers should turn their attention to the museum street, located in the Old City. The Lanna Heritage Center, the Chiang Mai Historical Center and the Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Center are located very close to each other.
Chiang Mai is one of the best places to explore the nature of Northern Thailand. Many natural parks are located near the city. Mae Sa Valley, Doi Inthanon and Doi Suteppu Pui National Parks are the pride of Chiang Mai Province. To get to each of the parks, you can buy a day tour from Chiang Mai or go on your own by renting a motorbike or car.
If you have only a couple of days to get acquainted with the culture and nature of Thailand, be sure to spend them in Chiang Mai. The city offers its guests a lot of vivid impressions from visiting beautiful temples, national parks and a good choice of active entertainments.