The Best Chiang Mai Itinerary

I’ve been to Thailand a couple of times in the past, mainly in Bangkok, but this year I’ve decided instead to explore the northern part of the country.

One of the reasons I love visiting this South Asian gem is because of their temples—surprisingly enough, Chiang Mai has them in spades.

Let’s discuss this itinerary chronologically based on how I went with my amazing trip. You can also download the spreadsheet version of this itinerary below.

Getting There

There are several airlines that can take you to Chiang Mai (CNX)— Qantas, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, and Scoot to name a few. However, at least from Sydney, you’d have to do a stop-over at Bangkok (BKK) first.

Maybe that’s a good reason to do a day trip in Bangkok as well while you’re at it. But more on that later.

From the Airport

Once you’ve arrived at the airport (CNX ท่าอากาศยานเชียงใหม่), there are a few ways that you can get to the city centre— you have a choice of taking the traditional tuktuk, a taxi, Grab (Asia’s Uber) or book an airport transport through Klook.

I myself prefer booking an airport transfer through Klook due to the fact that it’s more convenient and much safer.
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Day 1

When travelling long journeys, the best way to enjoy your stay is to rest up first, maybe have a power nap and that’s what we did. We then decided to visit the night market to try the local Thai food.

Day 2

Visit some temples.

Wat Phra Sing

Wat SuanDok

Wat Sri Suphan (Chiang Mai Silver Temple)

…and of course when you get parched from all that temple-hopping, you can visit one of their loveliest cafes.

Cafe Rustic and Blue

Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7
Tambon Su Thep
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200

Day 3

Sunrise Wat Phra Doi Suthep

Breakfast at Forest Lake

Queen Sirikit Garden

Late lunch at The Ironwood

592/2 Soi Nam Tok Mae Sa 8 Mae Raem
Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180

Day 4

Breakfast at Payaka Cake House before flying out

Phra Sing, Mueang
Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100

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