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Chiang Mai Thailand - A Complete Guide
(Chiangmai Thailand Information & Facts)

1 Introduction ( History, Orientation & Map Of Chiang Mai Thailand)
2 Geography
3 Climate
4 People, Custom & Religion
5 Tourism Authority Of Thailand (TAT)
6 Foreign Consulates
7 Immigration & Visa
8 Customs & Regulation
9 Currency & Money Exchange
10 Post & Communications
11 Internet Resources
12 Bookshop
13 Media
14 Cultural Center
15 Private Medical Center, Dental Services & Hospital
16 Danger & Annoyances
17 Temple
18 Mosque
19 Hindu & Sikh Temple
20 Museum
21 Night Bazaar
22 Chiang Mai Zoo
23 Waterfall Around Chiang Mai Thailand
24 Sports & Sport Complex & Activities
25 Courses
26 Holiday, Festivals & Event
27 Place to Stay & Accommodation
28 Food, Dinner & Entertainment
29 Shopping In Chiang Mai Thailand
30 Local Transportation (Buses, Train, Flight)
31 Education
32 Dos & Don'ts

Introduction :
"Sawatdi Jao" is what you will hear when coming to Chiangmai, the old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom. Dating back more than 700 years, Chiangmai, the second largest metropolitan, next to Bangkok was originally name "Nopburi Srinakornping Chiangmai"  meaning the new city. Chiangmai is not one stop town. Once experience its charm, many will definitely want to have a second stay or perhaps even settle down here. Chiangmai is a city of distinct beauty that has its own cultural heritage. Known also as the "ROSE OF THE NORTH" Its alone draw much tourist attention. Along with its numerous ancient temples and building, Chiang Mai is also famous for its handicrafts. Nature has made it stand out, thanks to the majestic mountains and valleys and its beautiful scenery: hills, mountain streams, lakes, field, waterfalls, caves, hill tribe villages, orchid, butterfly farms, elephant camps & trekking tours and river rafting expeditions. Chiangmai also offers a good base to visit Chiangrai, which like Chiangmai derives its beauty from its majestic mountains and hill tribe culture. There is also a National museum in Chiangmai. Mysteries are here waiting for your discovery. No Wonder tourists keep coming...

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Map :

Geography :
Chiangmai is 700 Km north of Bangkok and is nestled in a valley 310 meters (1,027 feet) above sea level. The province has a total land area of 10.107 square meters. There are mountains all around the valley rising to the heights of more than 2,500 meters. Doi Inthanon, at 2,565 meters is the  highest mountain peak in Chiangmai.

Climate :
There are three main season here in Chiangmai : Cool (late October to Mid February), average temperature is 21 C) : summer ( February to May, average temperature is 30 C); and rainy (June to October, average temperature is 25C).

People Custom & Religion:
Of the total population, 80% of the people were born here. Their dialect is slightly different from the central Thai language. Majority of the people are Buddhist. There are more than 1,200 temples, 3,500 monks and 6,000 novices. Among these temples, 300 reflect the influences of various cultures - Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon.

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Tourism Authority Of Thailand (TAT)
The TAT Local Offices are divided into 4 Region i.e the NORTHERN, CENTRAL, NORTHEASTERN and the SOUTHERN. In total there are 23 TAT Offices (inclusive the HEAD OFFICE in Bangkok) for the whole of Thailand.
The (TAT) Overseas Offices is located as followed :

  • Asia-Pacific : Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Souel, Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sydney.
  • Europe : Frankfurt, London, Paris and Rome.
  • The Americas : Los Angeles and New York.

For the TAT Northern Office: Region 1, whose is responsible for Chiangmai, Lamphun, Lampang and Mae Hong Son, their office is at :
TAT Northern Office:Region 1, Tourism Authority Of Thailand
105/1 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road, Amphur Muang, Chiangmai 50000
Tel: (66 53) 248 604, 248 607, 241 466   Fax: (66 53) 248 605

For further detail of the TAT Local and Overseas offices: List Of Tourism Authority Of Thailand (TAT) Local & Overseas Offices,....

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Foreign Consulates:
There are several foreign consular posts where you may be able to arrange visas. The Indian consulate here is a famil­iar stopping-off point for travellers on their way to India; it takes about four days to process a visa. 

Australia – Tel: 053 221 083, fax 053 219 726
165 Thanon Sirimankhalajan

Austria – Tel: 053 400 231, fax 053 400 232  
15 Mu 1. Thanon Huay Kaew

Canada  - Tel: 053 224 851, 053224 861, Fax:  053 850 147
151 Thanon Chiang Mai-Lampang

China – Tel:  053 276 125, 053 200 424, Fax 053 274 614
111 Thanon Chang Lor

Finland – Tel:  053 234 777, Fax 053 251 512
104-112 Thanon Tha Phae

France - Tel:  053 281 466, 053 275 277, tax 053 821 039
138 Thanon Charoen Prathet

Germany – Tel/Fax:  053 838 735, Email:
199/163 Mu 3, Baan Nai Fan 2,
Thanon Kan Khiong Chonlaprathan

India – Tel:  053 243 066, 053 242 491, Fax 053 247 879
344 Thanon Faham (Charoen Rat)

Japan - Tel:  053 203 367, fax 053 203 373
Airport Business Park,90 Thanon Mahidon

Sweden – Tel:  053 220 844, 053 221 812, Fax 053 210 877
YMCA International Hotel, Santitham

UK & Northern Ireland - Tel: 053 263 015, fax 053 263 016
198 Thanon Bamrungrat

USA – Tel:  053 252 629-31, fax 053 252 633
387 Thanon Wichayanon

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 Immigration / VISA :
(1) Nationals from 37 countries can now stay in Thailand for up to 30 days without an entry visa. For visitors from 15 countries, transit visa valid for 15 days maybe obtained at the cost of 300 baht on arrival at any of the 12 designated immigration checkpoints including the four airports at Don Muang (Bangkok), Chiangmai, Phuket and Hat Yai.

(2) Categories of visas in Thailand are: Transit, Visitor Transit, Tourist, Non-Immigrant, Immigrant and Non-Quota Immigrant.

(3) Holders of Transit, Visitor Transit and tourist visas are not allowed to work in Thailand.

(4) A tourist who wants to have his visa extended must apply to the immigration Bureau with the following : passport with a photostat copy, one photo, a 500 baht extension fee and the medical certificate (in case of being sick).

(5) If you overstay your visa, the penalty is a fine of 200 baht for each extra day, with a limit of 20,000 baht.

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Customs Regulation :
(1) Exports of Buddha images (except small ones carried on person), antiques and genuine works of art require export lisences from the Fine Arts Department. The shop you deal with can provide such service for you.

(2) Foreign tourists are allowed to take out gold ornaments free. But import and export of gold other than jewellery are subject to lisencing by the Ministry of Finance.

(3) It is prohibited by law to bring any of the following items into Thailand :

  • Narcotics (e.g marijuana, hemp, opuim, cocaine, morphine, heroin).

  • Obscene literature or pictures.

  • Firearms or ammunition - unless a permit has been obtained from the Police Department or a local Registration Office.

(4) One still camera with five rolls of still film or one movie / video camera with three rolls of movie film and one used item each of electronic goods may be brought in free of duty.

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Currency & Money Exchange :
Foreign visitor's may freely bring in foreign currencies or other types of foreign exchange. Cheques or drafts brought in, if the owner desires to see, must be sold to a bank. Upon leaving Thailand, they may freely take out all foreign exchange they have brought in. For the residents, unlimited amounts of foreign notes and coins may be taken out for travelling expenses. The amount of draft or cheque is subject to the approval of the issuing bank.

Foreign visitors may bring in an unlimited amount of Thai currency. For travellers leaving Thailand, both Thais and foreigners, the maximum amount permitted to take out without prior authorization is 50,000 bahts per person or, if they are going to one Thailand's neighbouring countries, 500,000 baht per person.

The basic monetary unit in Thailand is the Baht. A baht is divided into 100 satang. The following coins and notes are currently in use :

  • coins: 25 and 50 satang ; 1, 5 and 10 baht.

  • Bank notes: 10 (brown), 20 (green), 50 (blue), 100 (red), 500 (purple),
    1000 (grey) baht.

Major foreign currencies can be exchanged for Thai baht with banks and authorized money changers. Major credit cards are also widely accepted in tourist centres.
For the photo gallery of the thai baht, click here : Baht - Monetary of the Kingdom Of Thailand

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Post & Communication:
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Private Medical Centers Dental Clinic and Hospitals :
There are many Private Clinics, Medical Centers and Hospitals in Chiangmai. Because of the believe that private hospital serve better service and better medication and with most specialist working here, Thai's people who are affordable are willingly to spend money ( thousand of bahts ) to have their treatment here. In recent year foreigners from abroad come to these private Medical Center for treatment when they failed to get their sickness cure in their country. Record had shown that these private medical centre had successfully cure many chronic disease. Further, the medical fee is much cheaper and very reasonable. Among the many private medical centre, the outstanding one is the SPECIAL MEDICAL SERVICE CENTRE located at 110/392 Intawaroros Road, Tamborn Sripoom, Muang, Chiangmai 50200. Tel : 053-946900.

The list of the Medical Center are as followed : Medical Center In Chiangmai

Most recommended Dental Clinic in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  1. Fortune Dental Clinic Chiang Mai Thailand or

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Dangers & Annoyanves
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Temples :
TempleTo date, some 300 temples have been constructed in Chiangmai and its outskirts. These temple display a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the varied heritage of Northern Thailand. A blend of Cambodian, Burmese and Indian Culture Ancient temples can be seen almost anywhere as well as palaces. Intricate woodcarvings and protective Naga serpent staircases add a flamboyance that reflects an awesome reverence for the Buddhist Religion. Glided umbrellas, guardian figures from the tale of Ramayana and stupas trimmed with gold filigree combine to heighten the overall effect. The most notable temples include:

  • Wat Chedi Laem built by King Mengrai in the 13th century;
  • Wat Chedi Luang built in 1401,
  • Wat Chiang Man, Chiangmai's oldest ;
  • Wat Suan Dok, built in 1383;
  • Wat Pra Singh, probably the most beautiful in Chiangmai and
  • Wat Doi Suthep, built on the side of Doi (Mount) Suthep and which offers a panoramic view of the city.

For detail of the various temples : Buddhist Temples in Chiangmai, Thailand

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There are 12 mosques in Chiangmai. The oldest and the most interesting is Chiangmai Mosque or Ban Haw Mosque located at Soi 1, Charoen Prathet, between Thanon Chang Khlan and Thanon Charoen Prathet. It not far from the Night Bazaar. Founded by jiin haw ( Chinese Muslims) from Yunnan Province, China over a hundred years ago. Other mosque are as followed:

  • The lists of the other mosque information will be available soon ...

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Hindu & Sikh Temples:
The Hindu temples - Devi Mandir Chiangmai situated  on Thanon Ratanakosin, opposite Chiangmai Stadium and 2 Sikh temples. Siri Guru Singh Sabha is located off Thanon Charoenrat (behind Wat Ketkaram) and Namdhari Silk Temple on Thanon Ratchawong between Thanon Chang Moi and Thanon Thapae.

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The Chiangmai National Museum:
Located on the superhighway, not far from the Amari Rincome Hotel near Wat Jed Yod or the temple of 7 spires. The museum is open daily from : 09:00 am to 04:00 pm. You can contact the museum at : Tel : (66 53) 221 308,  Fax: (66 53) 408 568

The Insect and Natural Heritage Museum:
A 4 storey building museum, expertly compilation of  40 years of research is filled with displays of rare, peculiar and extinct specimens of insects, coins and natural phenomenon. Located at 72 Nimanhemin Road, Soi 13 ( or Sirimangkarajaan Road, Soi 3), Chiangmai. It is open from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm. daily.  You can contact the museum at : Tel : (66 53) 211 891,  Fax: (66 53) 216 262

Chiangmai Numismatic Museum (The Treasury Hall):
Located at 52 Rajdamnern Road, these museum features a fascinating exhibition of antique Thai Coins, insignias of rank, and a collection of paraphernalia. Enthusiasts can also purchase treasury notes and coinage to add to their collections. View hours are from 09:00 am - 03:30 pm ( Monday to Saturdays Only). For further information, Tel: (66 53) 224 237-8

The Tribal Research Institute Museum:
The three floor museum is located at the Rama IX Lanna Park on Mae Rim Road. Exhibits on the first floor describe the costumes, materials, instruments and handicraft of the major hilltribes. Unusual photos and English translations of tribal poems are parts of the decorations. The Second floor exhibitions are of development of the Government's project improving the life-style of the tribal peoples. The third floor is devoted to the Thai Royal family's varied activities. For further information, Tel: (66 53) 210 872

Chauteau Kum - Une (Oon) Art Museum :
Located approximately at km. 4 at the edge of the road on the right. It is a collection of art and antique objects, unusual to find in present day Chiangmai. Chateau Kum - Une is constructed of beautiful golden teak and is very pleasing to the eye. The surrounding grounds are painted with many varieties of plants and tree nurseries which provide confortable shade. For further detail contact, Tel: (66 53) 298 068

The Darapirom Royal Residence Museum :
Located in the Dara Rasamee Military Camp in Mae Rim. The Museum exhibits the gracious living quarters, textiles, person utensils and musical instruments.
OPEN : 09:00 am - 05:00 pm daily.
CONTACT, Tel: (66 53) 299 175
You can also in advance telephone and request for an English speaking guide.
ENTRANCE CHARGE : Adult - Baht 20, Child - baht 10.

For further detail of these museums please click this link: Museum in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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Night Bazaar:

Night Bazaar (Shopping Heaven For Tourist) Of Chiang Mai Thailand

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Chiangmai Zoo:
Located on Huay Kaew Road is home to several hundred animals and birds. It has an aquatic park and own the largest aviary in South East Asia. It is also a popular picnickinbg and camping ground for families. Entrance Fee: Adult : 100 baht, child 20 baht. Open daily. For Camping, reservation at : (66 53) 221 179.

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There are more than 12 waterfalls in Chiangmai. Some are 750 meters above sea level water with water splash cascades down tiers after tiers and the white of racing water stands out dramatically against the deep green of the surrounding forest. As the water hits the rocks below, a million split the sunlight into rainbow colors and soak the vegetation nearby. Downstream from the falls are a series of pools where swimming is possible in the chilly mountain water. Most of these waterfall is reachable by motorcar and some have public transportation. Among some of these waterfall are as followed :

  • Huay Kaew Waterfall
  • Wachiratharn Waterfall
  • Mae Yah Waterfall
  • Mea Tia Waterfall
  • Mea Pan Waterfall
  • Huay Sai Leuang Waterfall
  • Taad Mork Waterfall
  • Mae Sa Waterfall
  • Mae Yim Waterfall
  • Mok (morg) Fa Waterfall
  • Mon Hin Lai Waterfall
  • Bua Tong Waterfall

For further detail of these waterfall, click to this link : Waterfall in Chiangmai, Thailand

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Rock Climbing:
Hash Horse Harriers:
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Language & Culture:
Jewellery Making
Buddhist Meditation
Traditional Massage
Muay Thai
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Chiangmai has enough festivals to keep even the most avid fun-seekers happy. Various events are held all throughout the year which some of the festival are historical in value while other are of Religious celebration and public holiday celebration. Many publication are being written to reveal the historical relating to some of these festivals. Among the popular celebration are the "Loy Krathong" and the "Songkran" festivals as followed:

Loy Krathong Festival : Most Charming of all Float Decorated With Flowers and CandleThai festivals. Procession of Beautiful MaidenIt is the custom of placing handmade floats decorated with flowers and candles on watergates goes back over 700 years to Sukhothai period. It is celebrated for two nights in Chiangmai under the full moon. As the moon rises on the second night, a procession of beautiful maidens and floats parade through the city of Chiangmai to the Mae Ping River. Detail of the Loy Krathong Festival can be found on these links : Loy Krathong

Songkran: The word "Songkran" derives from Sanskrit language "samkranta", meaning to pass or to move.  The 13th of April is "Maha Songkran Day" or New Year's Day. It is the time when the Sun moves from Pisces into Aries and the Earth moves past the Sun at right angles, making daytime and night-time equally long. Songkran Day is the day to make merit for three full days; Maha Songkran Day or the end of old year (13th of April), Wan Klang or Wan Nao or preparation day (14th of April) and New Year's Day or Wan Taleung Sok (15th of April).

Detail of the Songkran Festival can be found on these links : Songkran

For further detail of other festivals, events and holidays happening in Chiangmai, Lamphun, Lampang  click on the following links below :

Whole Year Festival, Holiday & Event,

Festivals, Events, Holidays happening in each month:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November,

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Thailand, a well-developed tourist and hotel industries, top class entertainment venues and modern shopping centre have made the country a favourite destination by businessman and holidaymakers.

From the Ayutthaya period till up to the present, Thai have always welcomed visitors with warm hospitality and generosity. This practice has been further enchanced by Thai Hotels upon receiving their guests by offering state-of-the-art facilities and first-class amenities beyond  the expectations of visitors who come to experience exotic Thailand.

With their distinctive hospitality, many Thai hotels have won international Best Hotel Awards. Its displays the potential of Thailand's reputation internationally as a high quality travel destination. Campaigns likes " BE MY GUEST" and "AMAZING THAILAND-Experience Variety" and "VISIT THAILAND YEAR" are among the many campaigns carried out from time to time.

To serve arriving tourists in finding a suitable accommodation on their first step into the kingdom of Thailand, counters are setup by up at the international and domestic arrival lounge.

According to the Thai Official Hotel Directory 2002-2003 by the Thai Hotel Association, there are 328 establishments in hotel business with a total of 21,236 rooms available in Chiangmai of which more than 100 are luxurious hotel, over 150 guesthouses and resorts and more than 50 Service Apartments and Condominiums.  These number are still growing. Find out more information at these links below:

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Indian, Muslim Food
Bars and Pub
Gay Venues
Live Music
Massage & Spa Treatment
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Cultural Shows:
Every night there are Khantoke Dinner Shows which is popular with Thai and overseas visitor alike. The meal is served on a wooden pedestral tray call "Khantoke", and the dishes are all authentic northern Thai delicacies such as Gaeng Hang Lay, a gingery pork curry; the chilli-tomoto-minced pork dip called Naam Prik Ong, and the crunchy pieces of pork scratching  or Kaeb Moo, for dipping into the rich gravy.

While guests enjoy the meal, there are performances of dance and music. Dances by ethnic hilltribe group such as Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Akha, Mien and Lisu each in thier own distinct dress and traditions and wear their own unique silver ornaments. Some Places have cultural performance from 4 different regions of Thailand. The distinct identities of tradition and the hill tribe groups is the entertainment theme during the Khantoke Dinner. Among some of the center that hosts these Khantoke show are as followed :

  • The Old Chiangmai Cultural Center at North of Airport Plaza. or the begining of Chiangmai-Hang Dong Road.
  • Nakorn Lanna 1296 at 84 Changklan Road.
  • Lanna Khantoke ( Diamond Hotel)
  • Mae Ping Khantoke (Imperial Mae Ping Hotel)
  • Baan Roy Chan Khantoke ( Lotus Pang Suan Kaew or PSK Hotel)
  • Khum Khantoke

For further information click here: List Of Khantoke Dinner Center & Shows In Chiang Mai Thailand

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The Night Bazaar is among the most famous, Apart from it visitors also flock to San Kam Peng Road where the famous Borsang and San Ton Peo Villages known for its umbrellas are located. Check out also the Tawai and Tonpiring villages for their woodwork. Other factories along this road sell different kinds of handicrafts.

Thai Tribal Crafts:
Hilltribe Products Promotion Center
Night Bazaar
Shopping Center & Department Store
Musical Instruments
Silver Work
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Chiangmai doesn't have the public routes like those in Bangkok and the mode of transports include the following:

SammlorSamm-Lor - For relatively short distances, you can take these saam-lor (pedaled tricycle or 3 wheel) for baht 20 - 30 per person. Fare may increase to baht 40 - 50 per person for a longer ride. Tuk TukIt's a nice leisurely way to look around.

Tuk-Tuk : A motorized saam-lor, the Thai word for these vehicle which is known as a tuk-tuk. Prices are not standard but the ride is quicker. The least that you can hope to pay is 20 baht. Always bargain with a smile.

Red Cab "Zee-Lor" : The most Red Cabcommon means of transport. "Zee-Lor" (literally means, "four wheel", they are all in vivid colors and look something like pick-up trucks with a roof on the back. The driver and one passengers sit on benches along the two sides of the back of the truck. Sometimes, these red cabs are mistaken for a regular buses because of their size. Others use it as a communal taxi. Before boarding, ask what route it will take. Pay the driver baht 10 if there are other passengers. If you or your group are the only passengers, let him name his price - and bargain until both you and the driver are satisfied. The colors of the Zee-Lor and their destination are as followed:

  • Red color Zee-Lor travels within the city and the

  • Red trucks mark with CMU travel onto Chiangmai University on Huay Kaew Road.

  • Yellow Zee-Lor that departs Warorot Market travel East to Doi Saket.

  • White Zee-Lor that depars Warorot Market travels to Sankampaeng.

  • Yellow Zee-Lor depars from Pratu Chiangmai Gate travel to Sanpatong

Bus transfer : Arcade buses station. The arcade is located on the eastern end of Kaew Nawarat Road near the super highway intersection (highway 118). Call 053-242664 to check schedules. The bus trip from Chiangmai to Bangkok takes about 9 hours. Most bus companies provide transfer services to and from the arcade. The majority buses companies are located in the anusarn market and Saeng Tawn Cinema areas.
Chang Puak Bus Station located on the southern of Chotana Road, ( 053-211586) Buses ply two routes to and from Chiangmai with the northern route (highway 107) passing through Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Chiang Dao, Chaiprakarn, Fang, Mae Ai and Thaton from where passengers can take a long trail boat to Chiangrai. For detail of Buses Schedule: Bus Schedule From Chiang Mai to Bangkok & Other Northern City Of Thailand

Train Transfer : The Chiangmai - Bangkok route is serviced by three classes that operate from 5.00 am - 10.00 p.m. There are express, Sprinter, and special Express classes. Phone reservation are not accepted. Call 053-247462 to check the availability of seats, 053-242094 for advanced trip schedules, 053-245363/4 for the same day trip. You can also call the Chiangmai depot on Charoenmuang Road at 053-244795 for more information. For detail of the train schedule: Train Schedule From Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Airport Transfer
Thai Airways InternationalChiangmai international airport handles both domestic and international flights. Traveling to and from the airport can be done through Hotel vehicles, private limousine or the song-taew minibus. Flight Schedules can be obtained from airline offices at the airport and at air ticketing agencies. For detail of the flight schedule : Domestic Flight Schedule, International Flight Schedule, Chiang Mai International Airport Photo Gallery, ...

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Chiang Mai is home to Five universities, Buddhist and Christian seminaries, technical colleges, four international English language schools and one German one, a large university teaching hospital and several private ones, some with nursing schools. There are also many private language schools as well as the AUA, the British Council, Australian and New Zealand centres and the Alliance Francaise.  

International School:

American Pacific International School
158/1 Moo 3 Hangdong-Samoeng Rd., Banpong, Hangdong, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053365303, 053365305
Christian Deutsche School P.O. Box 221, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053816624
Chiang Mai International School 13 Chetuphon Rd. Tel: 053242027, 053306152
Fatih High School 434/12 Soi 5 Chiangmailand, Chang Klan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053274468, 053205146-7
Lanna International School 300/1 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Hod Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053271159
Nakorn Payap International School 114, Soi Wat Gate, Super Highway Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel.: 053304573-5
Prem Center International Educational College PO.Box 1 Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053301500


Chiang Mai Agriculture College Chiang Mai - Hod Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053311392 
Chiang Mai Dramatic Arts College Suriwong Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053271596 
Chiang Mai University 239 Huay Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053221699, 053222177
Mae Jo Institute of Agricultural University 189/18 Chiang Mai - Phrao Rd., A. Sansai, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053878038-9
Payap University 182 Chiang Mai-Lampang Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053245350-3
Physical Education College 68/1 Sanam Kila Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053211446, 053213269, 053217708
Rajabhat Institute Chiang Mai
130 Chotana Rd., A. muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053214138, 053222778, 053214923 
Technical College
9 Wiang Kaew Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai. Tel: 053222276, 053221599

College: will be update soon
School: will be update soon
Kindergarden: will be update soon

For more detail at : Education in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Thai people put great emphasis on good manners and politeness so it will help if you understand some of their customs and beliefs. Also, should you have problem of any kind, remember, a smile will be of much more help than a scowl. Here are the few :-

(1) When entering a Thai home or temple, it is customary to removes your shoes. This is not simply a religious custom but has practical implications. Also do not point your feet at anyone or use them to indicate anything.

(2) The King and all the Royal Family are held in extremely high regard by all Thai people and due respect is required. This also applies to money or any other object bearing the King's image. Above all, do NOT put your foot on money.

(3) Any insult to the Buddhist religion or Buddha icons or images can carry heavy penalties. Again respect must be shown at all times and when visiting temples, appropriate clothing must be worn. When entering a temple you are requested to dress appropriately. Singlets and shorts are not acceptable. Also, touching any part of a monk or his robes is strictly taboo. Ladies must not on any account touch a Buddhist monk, give things direct to him or receive things direct from him.

(4) Generally Thai women are conservative. So don't touch them without their consent.

(5) Intimacies between man and woman should not be shown in public. Sunbathing in the nude is prohibited.

(6) Thai's people smile to express gladness and happiness, to thank for small services or to return the wai ( a way of greeting) of children and inferior persons, even to excuse small inconveniences.

(7) Don't touch a person head nor ruffle his hair. The head is the noblest part of the body. A sincere apology should be offered immediately if you touch someone's head unintentionally. Avoid placing your feet on the table while sitting. Never use your foot to point things out or to touch any part of the body of anyone, which is considered rude.

(8) The Thai "WAI" is more than just the equivalent of the Western wai-a gesture of greeting & respecthandshake, bow or tip of the hat in other countries. A "wai" is when hands are put in front of the face as a gesture of greeting and respect or bidding farewell. It has many meanings and visitors are advised only to reply to a "wai" rather than lead the way. There are two social cues to observe when to "wai" which depend on age and status. Thai people do not "wai" to those of the same age but they "wai" to their elders. Instead of performing the "wai", people of equal status just say "sawasdee" when comes to greeting, paying respect or saying goodbye and "khob-Khun" for thanking. It is never to "wai" to servants or children although it is appropriate to return a "wai".

(9) Always observe extreme cautions with your money and valuables. Such things as passports and credit cards should not be carried externally and all leading hotels provide secure safe systems. Shoulder bags and handbags may be especially vulnerable.

(10) It is advisable not to drink tap water. Bottled or carbonated water is cheaply and readily available.

(11) If you are traveling in a taxi or tuk tuk it is usual to settle the fare before you begin your journey.

(12) When beckoning waiters or anyone, do so with your palm down and fingers straight with an up and down movement. Never clap, snap your fingers or whistle.

(13) When entering a Thai house, you're expected to remove your shoes.

(14) Do not accept offer of food, drink, candies or complimentary trip from strangers or taxi drivers.

(15) Do not support the trade in wildlife. Never buy any product or souvenir made from snake or lizard skin, turtle shells and ivory. It is against the law to slaughter wildlife for food.

(16) Beware of unauthorized people who offer to become your guides. Contact the Tourism Authority Of Thailand (TAT) or visit their counters at Ratchdamnoen Nok Avenue for enquiries. Open from 08:30 am - 04:30 pm. You may call 1672 for more informatiuon and enquiries.

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Sickness : Nobody wants to spoilt a good holiday or vacation by becoming ill. Some of the following fact will help you will you are in here :

(1) Malaria : Is now practically unknown throughout Thailand. However, if you are travelling in mountainous and around border areas, extra precaution should be taken and most preventives measure are available at any drug store or pharmacy.

(2) Dengue Fever : This disease is carried by a "day-bitting" mosquito and the results in high fever and skin rash. It is most common during the rainy season ( May to September) and precaution should be taken against mosquito bite.

(3) Diarrhea : This is mainly caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water. Avoid food not properly cooked and drink boiled, bottled or carbonated water. Diarrhea causes considerable loss of fluids and eletrolyte solution should be taken. If diarrhea persists for 12 - 24 hours, a physician should be consulted.

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