Just back from my Thailand Chiang Mai Trip with family. I took my flight with Scoot, the flight duration is around 3 hours.
Yes after reaching at Chiang Mai airport, remember to find a taxi with airport crew in uniform. Fixed rate of 150THB to any city location.
And there we reached our guest house: Phathai House, they have excellent big 4 person family room and walking distance to night market and old city.
2 night markets available during weekend, Sunday Walking street is the biggest runs from Tha Pae Gate going towards Ratchadamnoen Road in the west. There are plenty of foot massage on the street, and eateries as well. You will need to take your time and find a table and grab all the food you like.
Opening Hours: Sundays 16:00 – 22:00
Location: Tha Pae Gate to Ratchadamnoen Road
Wualai Walking Street happens on every Saturday. The market is named after Wualai, which links to Thipanet Road – just off the south side of the old city walls.
Apart from visiting their famous temples, I booked a tour to Chiang Rai to visit the famous white temple depicts heaven and hell. We will visit some local tour group to compare the price and you can ask for discount. Remember to check with them whether the entrance tickets fee is included.
From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, the ride is about 3.5 hours, and we paid around 980 baht for a day trip, includes a simple buffet lunch.
Wat Rong Khun - White Temple
Super beautiful temple created by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
The bridge of "the cycle of rebirth" is so pretty. Inside the wall in the temples, you get to see Doraemon, Harry Potter, all the super heroes, according to the tour guide, it means if you did good deeds like saving people, you will be in heaven.
Inside the temple, we are not allow to take any photos :(
Wat Rong Suea Ten - Blue Temple
The name ‘Rong Suea Ten’ in Thai, translates as ‘house of the dancing tiger’ because historically, the area surrounding the temple, was full of wildlife, in particular tigers who leapt into the nearby Mae Kok river. The creator of Blue Temple was an artist named Putha Kabkaew who is the apprentice of Chalermchai Kositpipat, the artist who designed the White Temple.
You can try their beautiful coconut ice cream at the exit of the temples
Royal Park Rajapruek
A must visit place for beautiful flowers, architectures, and places to learn about agriculture.
The place is huge, you can take the free buggy ride, comes with the 200THB entrance fee to explore the whole garden. I personally recommend the orchid garden. Inside you get to see nice tulip too :)
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
A must visit temple when you are in Chiang Mai. You will need to pay 50 baht for admission and 30 bath for cable car so you dont have to climb the 300+ naga staircase.
But the view is absolutely worth the visit.