|Imported beer at restaurant||$2.78|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$4.64|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$697.24|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$290.40|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$2.58|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.62|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.41|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$2.78|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.22|
Chiang Mai is the largest city in the northern part of Thailand. It is a city rich in cultural heritage as it was called the ‘Tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai’ for almost three centuries from 1774 to 1939. Chang Mai got its name during the late 1200’s. The name stands for ‘new city’. From Bangkok to Chiang Mai, it will take 8 to 12 hours travel time via bus, car or railway. However, cheap flights to Chiang Mai take only one hour.
Chiang Mai boasts a number of amazing tourist spots that will surely interest every member of the family. Some of the main attractions include the following: The Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens, located at the foot of the Doi National Park, is a vast area filled with various flowers and plants that are beautifully landscaped to interest locals and tourists.
Thirty minutes from Chiang Mai is the lovely Mae Sa Waterfall. In here, friends and families can take a plunge and enjoy the natural scenery of the environment. Caution has to be considered when swimming in the area especially when the waterfall is huge and strong. Children must be well-guarded by elders.
Chiang Mai also boasts its rich safari life. A multitude of local and international species can be seen at the Tiger Kingdom Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Money Center and Chiang Mai Night Safari. You can stay close with full-grown tigers as well as clever monkeys in their habitat.
Another exciting adventure in Chiang Mai is a guided tour of the Chiang Dao Cave. Inside the caves are shrines of Buddhas and various Thai art works.
When it comes to shopping and dining, experience Chiang Mai Walking Street Market. This busy market stays up until evening as they sell all sorts of goods from garments to exotic food. You do not have to worry about the prices because shopping in this place is very affordable.
Hotels in Chiang Mai are bountiful and most of these are reasonably priced. Even of you come to Chiang Mai during its peak season, you will be delighted to know that hotel prices are not that expensive. Although most cities in Thailand have a warm climate, Chiang Mai has a cooler weather. All year round Chiang Mai is welcoming to its visitors but if you want to visit the place during its coldest, that would be November to January.
To save on your shopping expense, it is recommended that you shop at night time. Chiang Mai exhibits its busy and exciting ‘night bazaar’ where all goods are at bargain price. Just make sure that you check on every purchase so as to avoid any damaged good. Visit the city by availing of cheap flights to Chiang Mai at any time of the year to enjoy great savings.