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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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 $1,974 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 $1,128 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 $252 pp plus flights

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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 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Really brilliant being met in the airport off the plane. It got the holiday off to the right start and driver really chatty and knowledgeable. Great transfers to and from the camps with drivers that were like guides - pointing out animals and full of interesting facts. All really friendly.

    4 Rosmead in Cape Town; We loved it here. Just the right side of plush and a lovely warm, friendly welcome. Breakfast were delicious. It was a real haven to come back to and even though it was small it didn’t feel intrusive. They were also really helpful with great places to eat.

    Tours in Cape Town; Our guide, Bevan, gave us an incredible insight into the history of South Africa whilst also being really knowledgeable on wild life and nature. No question was too hard and his answers honest. He had an intern with him from a township and this allowed us a different perspective. Bevan was brilliant with my daughter. The Cape Point trip was a full on day with lots packed in. Our highlight was the penguins but we also really enjoyed seeing Cape Point and getting our first taste of the wild life to come! Our stand out experience in Cape Town had to be the tour of Masiphumelele. We’re so pleased that we did this as it gave us an insight of the lives of so many people in SA. The visibility of such poverty was tough going at times and we learned much about the harsh realities of living in a township such as how dwellings regularly burn down, TB & HIV incidence but equally we saw the resilience, warmth and resourcefulness of the residents. We loved being shown around the nursery and the library and the chance to have a very different experience. Being in someone’s home for lunch was a real privilege. We got such a lovely welcome there and the food was really delicious. The tribal dance routine felt a little forced and I wasn’t convinced there was much pride in the display. I think being shown a little more of the craft workshop or the older people’s group might have worked better. Although I can see how this allowed us have a purpose to go into the unofficial part of the township. All in all a moving experience that will stay with us both for years to come.

    Getting around Cape Town; We quickly learnt from local people it’s not actually that safe walking around Cape Town except for in the Waterfront. Uber is the best way to travel - much safer and cheaper than the local cabs. The fares are ridiculously cheap.

    Food/Going Out; There are so many great places to eat in Cape Town. The indoor food market at the Waterfront is an absolute must. A huge variety of food that is great quality. Also a great place to hang out for a while as there is always bands playing. The Waterfront overall was a pleasant way to do a bit of shopping. We got some great township art there. We ate at the Cod Father in Camp Bay. It was night so we couldn’t benefit from the incredible views. The food was incredible and really fresh. Really warm service too. The Nelson Eye? was also gorgeous for meat eaters. A slightly retro steak house but with the best meat (nor for vegetarians!). We had great steak, ribs and a divine mint crisp local dessert. We also found a lovely place on Kloof Street called the Dark Horse (its sister restaurant the Black Sheep was closed). Really excellent small plates and great selection of wines.

    Moswari Game Reserve; This part of the holiday blew us away. The safari was spectacular. From our first game drive we saw and learnt so much about the incredible bush. We saw the Big Five within 24 hours (although we appreciate that must be unusual) but it wasn’t just that we saw them we saw them in amazingly dynamic situations - lion cubs suckling the lioness, rhino doing a strange greeting, a herd of 40 elephants at almost touching distance, a leopard eating its kill in a bush and then majestically descending. I could just go on. It wasn’t just these but also the wonderful giraffe sightings, all types of buck and antelope, a rainbow of different coloured birds. This was an unforgettable experience.

    Our guide and tracker, Weinond and Bricks, were perfect. Weinond was a lovely gentle and sensitive man with an encyclopaedic knowledge for wildlife and nature. Bricks was a skilled tracker and I am certain that without him we would not have seen half of what we did. You could feel their passion for the animals and they seemed to take as much joy from a spot as we did. Whilst driving Weinond filled us with information about life in the bush. This meant we learnt so much about the habits and habitats of the magnificent animals and birds we were seeing.

    The camp and rooms were top class. It was a small intimate camp with nicely spaced lodges for privacy. The view from our lodge was stunning. The room was large, beautifully furnished and with the best bathroom ever. If there was one thing that could be added it would be would be access to drinks in your room. Sometimes you want a beer or a nightcap without having to go all the way to the main camp.

    The food was luscious. There was something for everyone and it was all of a really high standard and cooked to perfection. It was definitely restaurant standard. My only complaint is how much weight I’ve put in because I couldn’t resist!

    The service throughout was warm, friendly and appropriate. Very professional.

    We stayed for a night in the Giraffes Nest. This was a special, magical experience. The setting was fabulous and ‘nest’ itself beautifully decorated. It was winter so it was a cold night but they gave you lots of blankets and a cosy robe to help with that. Once in the best you we’re in your own but with radio connection back to the camp. Whilst we only spotted 2 animals during the night it was a special experience sleeping under a blanket of stars. It was a bit overpriced I think for what it is and I think in the winter it should be possible might to stay a bit longer in the morning ( we were collected 6 am to join our drive group) as this might mean you would see animals in the light.

    Finally, I cannot recommend this camp enough to people. A truly spectacular holiday that we will never forget. I’ve definitely been bitten by the Africa bug!

    MissingDara d reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 02 July 2019

  • We had a wonderful time! Our transfers (besides a bit of a wait when we arrived) were smooth. The gentleman that drove us to and from the airport also drove us to our hike and he was very nice and helpful, clean car and very accommodating.
    Our tour guide on the first day, Mandy, was charming and insightful. It was a slow day in the markets but we appreciated the space and gave us a chance to hear all about the Souks. The gentlemen who was with her was a wealth of knowledge and both did a very nice job!
    Our hike was awesome and our guide was great- he even took us to a cool waterfall and took great care of us; lunch in the mountains was delicious!
    The hotel was so lovely and the staff was very accommodating and helpful. The food was great and the rooms very comfortable!
    I did a good amount of damage in the market (often accused of being Berber;) and truly hope to be back next Spring... maybe a girls trip or perhaps I’ll bring my kiddos!
    Thank you for organizing such a nice getaway for my husband and I; we will confidently recommend Tourdust to our friends!!

    MissingJennifer H reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 12 June 2019

  • We had an amazing trip. Everything was well thought out and so much fun. What a great way to truly see the country and learn the culture.

    Joseph was the perfect guide. Very kind, professional, knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved Joseph and keep asking when will they meet him again. He found the Big 5 for us which was unforgettable! Please pass along our appreciation to Joseph.

    Maji Moto was also another incredible experience. They had great customer service and we loved experiencing their culture.

    Sunbird was absolutely beautiful and I wish we had more time there. We loved the view of the lake!

    One suggestion to make the trip even better for other guests in the future would be to have a cooler with drinks and snacks in the Jeep at all times because a ton of driving is involved and it would be helpful to have a cold drink and snacks during the long trip.

    Thanks again for organizing this experience of a lifetime for us!

    MissingBrandon H reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 12 June 2019

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