Chiang Mai Prices & Travel Costs

Last Updated: Jan 2024

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. It’s not a beautiful city, but it is remarkably cheap.

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Travel Costs to Chiang Mai

Population 150,000
Area 1,000,000
Timezone UTC+7
Currency Thai baht
Airports Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$22.32
1 USD = 36.7800 THB
134 World cities ranked cheapest to most expensive: Backpacker Index for 2024

Accommodation Costs in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Hotel Seasons

Chiang Mai Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar7.00 - 13.00
starstarstarstarstar8.00 - 20.00
starstarstarstarstar13.00 - 63.00
starstarstarstarstar26.00 - 115.00
starstarstarstarstar85.00 - 200.00

Chiang Mai Hostels Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed4.00 - 11.00

Chiang Mai Attractions Prices

Best tours in Chiang Mai

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Chiang Mai National MuseumDiscover the history of Chiang Mai and the rest of the region.
adults
0.82
Museum of World Insects and Natural WondersThis museum is popular and unusual
adults
5.44
Wat Phra that Doi SuthepThis ornate temple overlooks the city from a mountain. An inexpensive cable car can take you the final leg.
adults
2.72

Chiang Mai Food and Drink Prices

Food Type Description Price(USD)
Budget breakfastStreet stalls serve great food for cheap. Cafes and Western food will cost a bit more.1.09 - 2.04
Budget lunchAgain, really good street-stall meals are easy to find and cheap. Sitting down somewhere is still quite reasonable.1.63 - 3.26
Budget dinnerAssuming you want a sit-down meal in the evening, there are plenty of great and cheap choices.3.26 - 4.89
Beer (pint)Beer in restaurants and pubs can be cheap as long as you aren't buying drinks for local girls.1.63 - 2.45
Cocktails (glass)Drinks made with local rum can be great deals. Foreign brands will cost much more.1.09 - 3.26
Beer (bottle, retail)In supermarkets and 7-Elevens you can get local cold beers at good prices.0.68 - 0.82

Chiang Mai Transport Prices

Type Price(USD)
Taxi from airport to city center4.19
Tuk-tuk from airport to city center1.36 - 1.63
Public bus from airport to city0.49
3km taxi ride in Chiang Mai3.53
3km tuk-tuk ride in Chiang Mai1.09 - 1.36
Public bus ride in Chiang Mai0.54

Getting to Chiang Mai

Getting around Chiang Mai

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When to visit Chiang Mai

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)
January84570.3
February90590.2
March95650.5
April97712.0
May93746.2
June90755.2
July89756.3
August88749.3
September88739.0
October88714.8
November86662.1
December83590.8

Chiang Mai Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar6:28am6:35pm
21 Jun5:48am7:04pm
21 Sep6:13am6:22pm
21 Dec6:52am5:52pm

Where to go before and after