Suggestion of 4-Day Itinerary to Chiang Mai

Featuring the green of trees and environmentally friendly coffee shops,  Chiang Mai is undoubtedly an ideal destination to those who are en...

Featuring the green of trees and environmentally friendly coffee shops,  Chiang Mai is undoubtedly an ideal destination to those who are engaged in nature and exploration. 

Day 1: 


Chiang Mai is one of the hottest spots in Thailand’s tourism map to Vietnamese tourists. Distinctly located in northern Thailand, surrounded by majestic hills and mountains, the weather in Chiang Mai is significantly cooler than that in other parts of the country. Because there is no direct route from Vietnam to Chiang Mai, you might transit at Bangkok international airport. It’s worth mentioning that there is no shortage of cheap airlines operating flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai but for the reason of the best ones, I would recommend  Air Asia, Thai Lion, and Thai Smile. The flight duration is 2 to 3 hours (not including transit time).


If you take a flight in the morning, you will arrive Chiang Mai in the afternoon. From the airport,  you might get to your hotel by taxi or songthaew which is averagely priced at 150 baht (100,000 VND) per turn. In the first afternoon of your journey,  you should make full use of your time going shopping in 5 best malls of this dynamic city, particularly Central Festival mall. Get there, you definitely own items of big brands at affordable prices.  Noticeably, there are free buses running through this mall, so you can take one that is near your hotel. Don’t miss the last bus at 7 :30.


In the evening, you should definitely take a visit to one of the most night market in the city, Chiang Mai night market (Chiang Mai Bazzar), stretching from Tha Phae Street to Sridonchai Street. Walking around the market, you can find a variety of unique souvenirs, clothes, jewelry, etc that characterize the culture and tradition of the locals. If you want to buy « one-of-all-kind » souvenirs for your friends and families, you should give it a try. 

Day 2 :


There is one thing interesting that the half day and full day tours seem to be offered throughout the city,  from big shops to small stalls in the market and lobby of the hotels. Therefore, you might wonder which to choose instead of where to buy the tours. I would like to recommend full-day tour at the elephant camp which fluctuates from 1,000 - 1,500 baht/ person, depending on the number of destinations and activities. However, if you travel in big group, you might rent a songthaew or car priced at 800-1,000 baht to reach your favourite attractions. Chiang Mai features lot of elephant camps but they are quite far from the city centre, of which the famous ones are Maesa Elephant Camp and Chokchai Elephant Camp in the Mae Taeng valley, 30 kilometers and  70 kilometers from the city centre respectively.


You can take part in interesting activities such as watching elephant’s performances costing 500 baht (17$), riding elephants priced at 1,030 baht (34$),  sitting on floating raft of 530 baht (25$) , etc. Moreover, these camps offer buffet for lunch priced at 200 baht (12$) per person.

Karen long neck village (hill- tribe village) has served as a tourist destination with 500 baht entrance fee. It is surrounded by stalls offering unique souvenirs and delicate handicrafts, silk, for instance. Interestingly, Karen girls always behave formally as if they were ready to be taken photos by tourists. There is a similar thing between the Karen people and people of ethnic groups in Sapa, Vietnam that they can speak a little English to foreign tourists. Although they are very basic sentences about greeting and price, it’s useful enough for them to impress tourists as well as promote their products. The village features women and children who are its main residents.  Therefore, it’s normal to see 6-year-old girls wearing necklaces and selling.


In the afternoon, you should make a visit to Doi Suthep Hill, the most famous destination in Chiang Mai. Standing at the top of the hill, you definitely hold panoramic views of the dynamic Chang Mai city. 

Located about 1,000 meters above sea level, the 600 – year- old Wat Doi Suthep worshipping place seizes the title of the most sacred temple in Chiang Mai. There are two ways to reach the temple, including climbing more than 300 steps and taking a cable car priced at 30 baht and 20 baht for entrance ticket.


Because of its important religious roles in spiritual life of the locals, visitors to the temple must wear neatly and politely. If you wear short pants or skirts, you might borrow clothes at the gate of the temple. the people. Walking barefoot in the spacious campus, enjoying the soleme gilding statue you will immerse in the peaceful and quiet atmosphere of the temple.

In the evening, you can visit the nightmarket at Think Park located on the intersection of Nimmanhaemin Street and Huay Kaew Street. Compared to other night markets, this place is an ideal place for young travellers because of the youthful space offering unique handicrafts, arts and « eyes – catching » corners for  « virtual » pictures. From the market, you can go shopping at the nearby Maya Lifestyle mall.

Day 3 :

Talking about the most adventurous experiences in Chiang Mai,  zipline is undoubtedly worth mentioning. The cost of a five-hour zip lining tour fluctuates from 1.600 – 2.400 baht (50- 80$) depending on the number of slides, challenges. Moreover, this price includes transportation and a meal (lunch or dinner).

In the afternoon, you should make a visit to the Baan Kang Wat handicraft village. It features vast green gardens and pretty houses which enable visitors to immerse in a wonderful garden in fairy tails. Interestingly, all coffee shops, souvenir shops, pottery factories ... offer free entrance tickets.
In the evening, you might give the night market on Wua Lai Street a go. Opening on Saturday night, it is also called Saturday night market. Get there, you have a chance to enjoy local tasteful dishes and go shopping at two separate areas at the same time.

Day 4:

To explore every corner of the city center, you should travel by motorbikes. There are a lot of shops offering this service priced at 150 - 250 baht per day (5$ - 8$). However, you have to leave 3,000 baht (100$) or passport as the deposit. Bear in mind, you should bring the license with you unless you will be fined 400 baht (13$) by Thai policemen.


Wat Phra Singh is one of the most famous temples in right in the heart of Chiang Mai. Additionally, you might drop by Wat Chedi Luang Temple, Wat Chiang Man Temple, and Wat Pan Tao Temple featuring a wooden- brown color, different from other glittering gilding temples. All of them are located in the gate citedal, so it’s quite convenient to travel between temples.

After an unforgettable trip to worshipping places, you might relax at iBerry Garden, near Nimmanhaemin Street. Although it is pretty small and offers only a coffee, an ice cream, and souvenir shops, it definitely enables tourists to immerse in giant shadow trees and cool atmosphere right in the heart of the city. There are some cafes and homestays near iBerry Garden, priced at 600 baht per night (20$).


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