Chiang Mai vacation – holiday in Chiang Mai – travel destinations

Chiang Mai is located in the north of Thailand and great for a family vacation. In the city center there are many beautiful temples and a city wall. Furthermore, there are very nice night markets in the city. At the city gate there are fire shows every night. Outside the city is the Doi Suthep National Park.

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City sightseeing in our Chiang Mai vacation


On the 23.12.2017 and just before Christmas, we will take a closer look at the city of Chiang Mai, the temples and sights. Now it is just noon and we are still in our hotel room, have a very good breakfast in the morning and just load our cell phones and power banks. At about 13 o’clock we drive with the red Songthaew to the city park in the city. The ride costs 30Baht per person.

On the picture to the left you can see the city wall and the city gate Phae Gate. Because we were very hungry, we are sitting in Mc Donald`s to get something to eat. On the square at Phae Gate there are a few booths for souvenirs and other things. In the evening there are, with some music, fire shows instead.

With the Songthaew to the city park


For 80Baht for two we were driven directly from our hotel to the city park Suan Buak Haad. In the Suan Buak Haad City Park of Chiang Mai you can buy food for 10Baht and feed the pigeons or fish. For 15Baht you get a seat blanket on which you can relax in the city park.

The Suan Buak Haad City Park is perfect for a family outing, feeding the pigeons and fish, or treating yourself to ice cream or sweets. In the city park are also fitness equipment where you can do sports for free. The city park is open between 4 and 21 o’clock and also has toilets.

The Chiangmai downtown

Chiang-Mai-InnenstadtDowntown Chiang Mai can be easily explored on foot, but also with a tuk tuk or bike. After a restful hour we walked into the city and looked at the temples and sights of Chiang Mai. It did not take long for us to stop in the ICHADY. There we have a large coconut for 50Baht, a cherry-banana-orange-smoothie for 50Baht and a coffee for 40Baht. Then we continued along the road until our next stop at the intersection.

Lunch in Chiang Mai

In the hotel / restaurant we finally made our lunch at 15.30 o’clock. Then we left the Phrapokklao Road to the temple Wat Chedi Luang left. Definitely worth a visit to the Wat Chedi Luang temple in Chiang Mai.

Temple in the city center


The entrance to the temple complex Wat Chedi Luang costs 40Baht. In the temple complex there is an older temple surrounded by several temples, statues, trees and plants as well as a Buddhist school. Near the Chedi Luang Temple are other smaller temples such as Wat Phantao and Wat Duang Dee. After visiting Wat Phantao and Wat Duang Dee in the city of Chiang Mai, we continued on Phrapokklao Road to the Three Kings Monument.

After a quick stop at the Three Kings Monument and after taking some pictures of the temple, we continued on the Ratchawithi Road towards the city ring. As we walked past the Yupparaj school, we came to a 10Baht shop on the right. In this 10Baht shop my friend bought us two Santa hats.

Massages in the city

Because our feet were already hurting, after we walked about 12km through the city on foot, we went to a massage salon on Ratchawithi street. Near the Zira Spa we have a relaxing foot massage for each 200Baht.

After our foot massage, we walked down Chanyaphan Road to Tha Phae Gate. Tha Phae Gate hosted a very nice fire show, which we looked at. After I ran to tip, my girlfriend noticed that my pants were torn at the back. In search of a new pair of pants, we walked along the Tha Phae Road. In Tha Phae Road are a few restaurants, hotels, a jeweler shop, a temple, banks, café and a few clothes shops. A few hundred meters later, we walked to the right on Thapae Road Lane 1 to the Ploen Ruedee Night Market.

The journey to Chiang Mai

Our journey by bus from Pattaya to Chiang Mai

In the afternoon at 16:20 o’clock we have a scooter driver to the bus station in Pattaya Naklua, for each 40THB and once 20THB for the suitcase, bring. At 17.10 o’clock then went our bus in 2Kl. From Pattaya Bus Station to Bangkok to Mo Chit Bus Station. The trip took about 2.5 hours. At Mo Chit bus station arrived, we went first to visit the toilet. After the toilet, we asked ourselves to the right ticket counter. So as a little tip for bus travelers in Thailand, it is recommended to take a roll of toilet paper. Because there are usually no toilet paper on the service areas in Thailand but only the famous toilet with the water to nachschütten.

At the MoChit bus station

Information at Mo Chit Bus Station is also signposted. At the ticket counter, it was good to have my Thai girlfriend, because the woman at the counter could not speak English. You can, however, interpret on the screen or on the board where you want to go. Because we had some time left, we went to the Mo Chit bus station in Bangkok for some food. However, I only got myself a waffle, it was with different flavors varieties.

From Bangkok to Chiangmai

Our bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai left at station 14 at 9pm. The 1KL. Ticket from Bangkok to Chiang Mai only cost 569THB per person. Our bus driver shared water, juice, a blanket and biscuits before the start of the trip. The trip from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by bus was nevertheless very long and exhausting. Our bus stopped every 2 hours at a rest stop. There we covered up a bit with food again for the ride and briefly represented our legs.

The equipment in 1st class

On board the bus we also had a toilet and toilet paper. Since the buses are cooled very far down, a long pants is recommended. In some 1Kl. Buses are available at every seat also an entertainment system for entertainment. The seat in 1Kl. had a lot of legroom and you could put it far back. There was also a foot rest for folding up. At night, I still came to 4-5 hours of sleep and the ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai took an amazing 10 hours. So we arrived at 7am in the morning at the bus station in Chiang Mai.

By train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok

To the railway station in Chiangmai we were driven with a Songthaew for 80Baht. After looking around the Chiang Mai train station, we bought our first class tickets in the private sleeper compartment. For the lower couch cost the 1Kl. Ticket from Chiang Mai to Bangkok 1453Baht and for the upper deck 1653Baht. These are the prices for the new night train number 10 from Chiang Mai to Bangkok by train.

Waiting time at the station spend

Because we still had plenty of time, we went to the restaurant located at the station. There we stayed the waiting time at a meal. The orange smoothie for 65Baht was very good, but also the banana split for 95baht. In the afternoon we ordered a coffee for 50Baht and pancake with vanilla ice cream for 95Baht. For the way back to Bangkok by train we stocked up with a mixed packet of watermelon and pineapple for 50Baht and Khao Pad Kung (rice with shrimp and egg).

The train journey and 1Kl. domestic equipments

So at 17 o’clock we got on the train, in our room there was a small sink and a dining area. Each of our beach chairs had its own display on which we could listen to music or watch movies. You can also order food via this screen. On board our 1Kl. Car had a shower and three toilets. Before departure, we were still handed out water and the staff moved our beds. The train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok was very shaky, noisy and we arrived in Bangkok with a delay of half an hour after 12 hours.


Fly to Chiangmai

Die schnellste Möglichkeit, aber auch die teuerste, in den Norden von Thailand zu reisen, ist mit dem Flugzeug. Ein Flugticket kostet über das Internet meist 50€. Über ein Reisebüro würde ich den Flug nicht buchen, denn dieser würde Sie nur zu teuer kommen. Die Flugzeit von Bangkok nach Chiang Mai ist mit etwas mehr als einer Stunde recht kurz. Allerdings kommt die Anreise an den Flughafen und die Wartezeit bis zum Boarding und Abflug noch hinzu. Der Flughafen befindet sich nur wenige Minuten und ein paar Kilometer von Stadtzentrum entfernt.

The nightlife and walking street for Chiang Mai vacation

Bars and clubs in Chiangmai? Of course, the nightlife is not comparable to that in Pattaya, yet there is a nice street with bars in town. Learn more about the nightlife.


Attractions in Chiang Mai

In the north of Thailand there are as many sights as in the south of the country. Chiang Mai has great destinations in the city and the surrounding area to visit.

Chiang-Mai-Berge und Nationalpark

Chiang Mai National Park

Doi Suthep Pui National Park and Doi Suthep Mountain are a great destination in Thailand. Find out more about our day trip, the temple tours in our travelogue.

Chiang Mai Quellen

The hot springs outside of Chiang Mai

A nice destination in Chiang Mai are the hot springs. The San Kamphaeng springs are around 50km outside the city. The journey by car to the springs takes about 1 hour.


Shopping in Chiang Mai

Where can you go shopping in Chiang Mai? Are there any popular and beautiful night markets there? Learn more about it in our travel report.

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