Getting to Chiang Mai
Cheap flights to Chiang Mai from Australia are relatively easy with only one stop required from Australian capital cities. Many Asian airlines serve Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and some even fly directly into Adelaide where one stop connections are readily available. Flying time from Australia to Bangkok is between 9 and 10 hours, while the connecting flight to Chiang Mai is a little over 1 hour.
Airlines from Australia
Thai Airways is the national carrier of Thailand and they provide many daily flights to Chiang Mai from their Bangkok gateway. Chiang Mai flights are also available from Australia on the following airlines:
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX)
Chiang Mai’s airport features two terminals, one for international flights and the other for domestic service. Terminals are bright and modern and easy to navigate. The airport is just 4 kilometers southwest of the Chiang Mai city center and taxi and rental car services are readily available. Many hotels offer complimentary shuttle service as part of the guest accommodation package.
Experience the wonders of Thailand in Chiang Mai, the country’s largest city to the north. While many tourists gravitate to the famous coastline, this land locked city is attracting its fair share of vacation makers who are looking for a cultural Thai experience like no other. A city with a metropolitan population of less than 1 million people, Chiang Mai is known for rich history. Founded close to a millennium ago, visitors will delight in the unique surroundings of this magnificent place. From nature reserves to museums and exciting night life and shopping, there is no shortage of things to do here.
Chiang Mai is known for its lively festivals throughout the year and one of the most fascinating is Loi Krathong, or Yi Peng as it’s known locally. Held every December, Yi Peng is famous for its delicate paper sky lanterns which are lighted and then sent floating gently up into the air. The glowing sky is filled with thousands of these hovering lanterns, making for a lasting memory of one of Chiang Mai’s most popular celebrations. Of course excellent Thai food can be found here too and freshly prepared traditional dishes are never far away. Explore the beautiful Buddhist temples that grace the city’s landscape where over 300 of these ornate and intricate places of worship can be found gracing the city. However you want to experience local Thai culture, Chiang Mai provides a fascinating immersion.