Chiang Mai prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$18.13

100 THB = 3.11 USD

Chiang Mai hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
5.00 - 12.00
6.00 - 54.00
12.00 - 93.00
26.00 - 135.00
85.00 - 531.00


Chiang Mai hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
3.73 - 9.53



Hotel seasons

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Hotels in Chiang Mai are some of the best bargains in the travel world. The high season runs from November through March, and the weeks around Christmas and New Years get even more expensive. From April through October you can often find excellent bargains at the fancy places, while most cheap places don’t change rates much.

Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest and second most popular cultural city, after the capital of Bangkok. The atmosphere is noticeably different, even when not considering the lovely mountain setting.

The city is also one of the world’s great travel bargains, with all range of hotels being quite cheap by international standards, and Chiang Mai hostels are, of course, even cheaper. You can get rooms at high-standard 3-star Chiang Mai hotels for around the price of a hostel bed in northern Europe.

Most of the attractions are also free or quite cheap, so visitors can use much of the rest of their budget on the inexpensive souvenirs at the various markets. Food and drinks are available in all price ranges, with plenty of great street food and local restaurants having fantastic bargains.

Chiang Mai attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Chiang Mai National Museum Discover the history of Chiang Mai and the rest of the region. adults 3.11
Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders This museum is popular and unusual adults 6.23
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep This ornate temple overlooks the city from a mountain. An inexpensive cable car can take you the final leg. adults 0.93

Chiang Mai transportation prices USD

  Price
Taxi from airport to city center 3.74
Tuk-tuk from airport to city center 1.87 - 2.80
Public bus from airport to city 0.47
3km taxi ride in Chiang Mai 1.09 - 1.56
3km tuk-tuk ride in Chiang Mai 1.25 - 1.87
Public bus ride in Chiang Mai 0.62

Chiang Mai food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Street stalls serve great food for cheap. Cafes and Western food will cost a bit more. 0.78 - 2.34
Budget lunch Again, really good street-stall meals are easy to find and cheap. Sitting down somewhere is still quite reasonable. 0.93 - 3.74
Budget dinner Assuming you want a sit-down meal in the evening, there are plenty of great and cheap choices. 2.49 - 4.98
Beer (pint) Beer in restaurants and pubs can be cheap as long as you aren't buying drinks for local girls. 1.87 - 2.80
Cocktails (glass) Drinks made with local rum can be great deals. Foreign brands will cost much more. 1.25 - 3.74
Beer (bottle, retail) In supermarkets and 7-Elevens you can get local cold beers at good prices. 0.78 - 0.93

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Chiang Mai facts

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Population 150,000
Metro area 1,000,000
Time zone UTC+7
Currency Thai baht
Airports Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)

Avg temps & precip

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weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

In spite of Chiang Mai’s mountain location, it has very similar weather to the coastal cities in Southeast Asia. April is the hottest month, and the humidity can make things nearly unbearable. Things cool off a bit during the rainy season from May through mid-October, and rain tends to come in daily bursts rather than long drizzles. The weather from November through February is relatively mild making it by far the best time to visit.

Sunrise and sunset

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