Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai & Northern Thailand

These days, Chiang Mai is easier to reach than it once was – until the 1920’s it was accessible only by river or elephant trek – but it maintains it’s quiet yet captivating feel. Set in the country’s mountainous north and surrounded by lush valleys, there’s both an abundance of markets and temples to explore inside the City and an abundance of unspoilt natural scenery to explore outside the City.

Although Chiang Mai has grown into a large modern city, the historic walled centre still retains its traditional atmosphere and it is well worth wondering the streets, picking off a couple of temples and ending with a visit to one of the many superb night markets that contribute to Chiang Mai's thriving food scene. Leave the City behind though, and it isn't far before you are surrounded by verdant green valleys, mountainous backdrops, paddy fields and traditional Thai villages.

The city lies in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of over 300 metres, which means that it has quite a temperate climate in comparison to other Thai cities. The hot season runs from mid-February to mid-June, with the ‘burning season’ taking place from February to April or May. During the ‘burning season’, forest vegetation is felled and then burned, with the ash forming a fertile base on which to grow new crops. Air pollution is at its highest levels while this takes place.


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Itineraries

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A perfectly balanced 2 week family holiday in Thailand including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, a stunning rural village lodge, guided rafting and biking and then a week's beach time on Koh Samui.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Families from $2,091 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,136 per person economy class from London

Hill Tribe Trekking in Thailand. Stay in tranquil eco-lodges built in traditional village style.

Private Trek Classic 2 days

Adults from $268 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

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Accommodation

Tamarind Village

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Heart of the Old City
- Peaceful and shaded
- Traditional Buildings
- Swimming Pool

137 Pillars

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
- Grand, peaceful setting
- Spa, pool, yoga and tai chi

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Central riverside location
- Pool, spa and gym with personal trainer
- Thai chi, yoga and massage lessons
- White water rafting, zip-lining and golf

Lisu Lodge

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Beautiful & peaceful countryside location
- Down-to-earth accommodation
- Immersion in local culture and community
- Wide variety of activities available

Rachamankha

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Characterful Chiang Mai retreat
- Pool and massage treatments
- Adventure activities in the area
- Traditional Thai food and fine wines

Bodhi Serene

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Old Town Location
- Swimming Pool
- 38 Room Boutique Hotel

Banthai Village

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Close to Chiang Mai's old town
- Relaxed, informal atmosphere
- Pool and jacuzzi
- Mid-range option

Amata Lanna

Chiang Mai & the North

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Lovely boutique hotel
- Plenty to do in Chiang Mai
- Close to walled 'old city'
- Great value for money

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 507 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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