Fly To Chiang Mai, Thailand
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As the gateway to the northern reaches of Thailand, Chiang Mai has plenty to offer visitors. A city of vibrant contrasts, more than 300 historic temples vie for attention among the plethora of trendy bars, hotels and eateries that have sprung up in recent years. The city is a hub for adventure activities (like white-water rafting tours) and a wide range of spas.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans will not need a Tourist Visa to enter Thailand. A valid passport is however required, with at least six months left before expiration.
- The South African Embassy in Thailand is situated at 12th A Floor, M Thai Tower, All Seasons Place, 87 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok. (about 7.5 hours from Chiang Mai) Telephone: +66 (0)2 659 2900.
See and do
Attractions in Chiang Mai are every bit as colourful and fascinating as any Thai destination. Things to add to your see and do list include Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center, Tribal Museum, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and many other ‘Wat’ (Buddhist temples), Hindu Temple Devi Mandir, Doi Inthanon National Park, Doi Pui Suthep National Park, Elephant Nature Park, Hill-tribe tours and trekking (look for authorised tour guides that offer this tour into the local forests), karaoke bars such as Foxy Lady Night Bazaar, theatres such as Playhouse Theatre and Ping River venue, along with Thai cooking classes, massage houses, clubs and plenty more.
Shopping is just as rewarding; with colourful markets open day and night, tiny stalls selling all manner of amazing things and an endless array to feast your senses (and wallet). You may want to try the night bazaar that runs across the city, the Sunday afternoon food and craft market on Rachadamnoen Road, the Saturday evening market on Wua Lai Road and more established shopping centres such as Pantip Plaza for electronics and computer goods. Things to buy include silk (buy from reputable places such as Jollie Femme though – the markets seldom have genuine silk), knock-off designer items and fun, cheap fashion finds. You will also want to get your haggling skills ready – you can’t do the markets without learning how to bargain!
Public transport options are plentiful – you will need to prepare yourself for typical Thai roads though, however you get around. Tuk Tuks are fun, cheap and always available, while there are also motorbikes and cars for hire. In fact, many guest houses and hotels offer bikes to rent, so you can ask your concierge what they have in the way of rentals. As traffic can get busy in urban areas, and as not all road users are licensed, accidents are all too common. Other ways to get around include buses, rickshaws (not as common these days) and songthaew (shared bakkie-like taxis).
Chiang Mai Airport – CNX
Chiang Mai International Airport is situated less than 10 minutes away from the city centre where you will discover a world of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences in true Thai style.
Food and beverage: You will find coffee shops, restaurants and traditional Thai snack outlets across the airport in Chiang Mai.
Currency Exchange: There are a few ATMs and currency exchange desks within the international and domestic terminals at Chiang Mai Airport.
Lost Luggage: Report lost luggage at the Lost and Found office in the baggage claims area.
Airport Hotels: Hotels nearest to the airport include Nim Chiangmai Airport Hotel, Airport Resident 1, and Noble Place.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Hertz, Budget, Europcar and Sixt.
Airport Hub: Chiang Mai International Airport (code CNX) is a hub for Thai Air Asia, with many other airlines also serving scheduled flights across various world-wide destinations.