Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is considered the cultural capital of Thailand and in this comprehensive guide you will see why. With so much to do and see you may find you choose to extend your visit or plan a return. The friendliness of the locals is widely known and a ready smile is easily found in Chiang Mai. The city is famed for its temples, and rightly so since there are more than 300 temples with the oldest, Wat Chiang Man, dating back to the 13th century. Chiang Mai has a rich cultural and night life, with museums, numerous galleries as well as live music venues, clubs, and pubs. Found scattered about the city, they are all easily accessed since the city is quite compact and transportation with tuk tuks or songthaews. Read through and find out the riches that Chiang Mai has to offer!


Play Golf in Chiang Mai with Thaivisa

The ‘Rose of the North’, Chiang Mai is one of the most popular and picturesque destinations in northern Thailand. Its expansive mountain ranges, natural beauty and rich cultural history, mean that it is loved by both Thai and foreign visitors alike. Located approximately 700km north …

Chiang Mai’s Top 10 To-Do List

1.  Catch panoramic views of the city from atop Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai’s most famous temple. read more 2.  See a Khantoke Dinner and enjoy the most charming aspects of Lanna culture while enjoying delicious Northern cuisine. read more 3.  Visit an Elephant Camp …

Vegetarian Delights, Local Lanna Food, & Street Food

Chiang Mai’s streets are alive with all kinds of amazing things to eat. This includes the thriving vegetarian food scene, the unique local Lanna cuisine, and actual street side dining at food carts and markets around town. Though most of the press goes to fancy …

Property in Chiang Mai

Whether or not you should own property in Thailand is a complex issue that deserves some time and thought. There are many restrictions in the Land of Smiles relating to ownership of real estate by expats, and for security’s sake, many locals will argue that …

All About Driving in Chiang Mai

There is nothing quite as liberating as taking control of your own destiny and driving yourself around town while you’re in Chiang Mai. In fact, because the greater Chiang Mai area is quite spread out, and the pace of traffic relatively slow, many are quite …

Banking and Money Matters

Banking in Chiang Mai is relatively easy, given the large number of ATM’s and various branch outlets concentrated in popular areas around town. Visitors and residents alike can do any number of typical transactions such as opening local accounts, withdrawing cash, and doing money transfers …

Adventure Sports & Activities in Chiang Mai

For those who like exploring the outdoors with a good dose of adrenaline, Chiang Mai now offers plenty to keep you excited while you create some great memories. Making the effort to participate in these different active approaches to enjoying outdoor life in Chiang Mai …

Lanna Culture

Seven hundred-year-old Chiang Mai is at the heart of northern heritage. It is both a modern and ancient city, overlaid with an eclectic cultural stamp called Lanna. Though the word Lanna (ล้านนา, 1 million rice fields) had existed in the distant past, it is in …

Khantoke Dinners & Other Dinner Events

A wonderful addition to all of the regular dining in town is the opportunity to catch a meal and be entertained while you eat. There are just a few noteworthy venues for this, each of them giving you worthwhile experiences, whether you’re a local expat …

Budget Dining in Chiang Mai

No-frills restaurants are very popular throughout Thailand, especially for Thai food. Cheap Western food on the other hand, will cost a bit more, but the same informal atmosphere will prevail when dining on the cheap, with most of the focus being on the food rather …