The city of Chiang Mai is Thailand’s fifth largest and is situated in the north of this fascinating country. Although the city itself is far from huge - around 200,000 inhabitants - the surrounding area is home to more than a million. Holidays in Chiang Mai offer the chance to experience the real culture of Thailand in some truly cosmopolitan surroundings. In fact, it is actually the preferred destination for people to settle from the capital city of Bangkok. Self catering accommodation in Chiang Mai can be either be basic and comfortable or appointed to a very high standard. Something for all budgets, in other words.
There are so many attractions and activities available to people on holidays in Chiang Mai that it makes sense to plan an itinerary beforehand. This part of Thailand is immensely proud of its historic and religious attractions and there are numerous museums to be enjoyed here. These include The Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre, Chiang Mai National Museum and The Museum of World Insects and National Wonders. Temples to take-in on your holidays in Chiang Mai include Wat Chiang Mun and The Wat Chedi Lung. Other popular attractions for all of the family here include The Elephant Nature Park, Bhuping Palace and Chiang Mai Zoo.
If you are willing to lock-up your cosy self catering accommodation in Chiang Mai for a while, you may well wish to head south and travel to the Thai capital of Bangkok. This can be reached via air-conditioned coaches or a short and cheap flight. This city offers amazing insights into the Thai culture and you are best to head for The Old Town for the majority of the worthwhile tourist attractions. Whilst in this fascinating conurbation aim to visit The Grand Palace and gape at the outstanding grandeur of this awesome building. The temples of Wat Pho and Wat Arun are a definite must-see too. The National Museum and The National Museum of Siam will leave you with all of the information you could ever need on how this country has evolved throughout the centuries. The Siam Ocean World will prove to be very popular with the youngest members of your travelling party.
If the weather on your holidays in Chiang Mai is likely to prove a deciding factor, you will be pleased to learn that the area benefits from a climate that is less oppressive than that of the rest of Thailand. It is far less humid in these northern climes of Thailand. There is a rainy season and this will tend to affect the area between the months of May and November.
Your holidays in Chiang Mai will begin with you arriving at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Thai Airways are the best bet for direct scheduled flights to this airport, but you may wish to consider flying into Bangkok International (BKK) where there is a lot more choice from airports such as London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI).