Destination guide

Experience Chiang Mai City in holiday homes to rent

When you visit Chiang Mai City, you visit the largest city in northern Thailand. It has a fascinating cultural history along with a comfortable climate and scenic natural features. Its famous night bazaar, festivals and traditional cuisine only make any holiday there more memorable. If you want to experience it all for yourself, there are plenty of available high-end holiday homes to rent that are suitable for single travellers or entire families.


Activities and attractions in Chiang Mai

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Chiang Mai a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Chiang Mai Zoo (3.7 mi / 6 km)
  • Chiengmai Gymkhana Club (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Elephant Parade House (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Chiang Mai Night Safari (6.2 mi / 9.9 km)
  • Tube Trek Water Park Chiangmai (6.7 mi / 10.7 km)
  • Grand Canyon Water Park (9.4 mi / 15.2 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Chiang Mai City holiday homes

Travellers come to Chiang Mai City from all over the world to explore its natural environments. When you book one of the local holiday homes, you’ll have access to it all. Doi Inthanon is one of the most popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, as it’s the highest mountain in Thailand. The hike up will lead you through sprawling vibrant greenery before you come to Mae Ya Waterfall. If you’re interested in adding a history lesson to your adventure, you can embark on one of the hill tribe treks in which you can visit the Akha and Lisu, among others, on foot or even on the back of an elephant.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Chiang Mai

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Chiang Mai is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Buak Haad Park (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Riverside (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Huay Kaew Waterfall (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Doi Suthep-Pui National Park (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Royal Flora Ratchaphruek (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
  • Tweechol Botanical Garden (8.2 mi / 13.2 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Chiang Mai

The nearest airport is in Chiang Mai (CNX-Chiang Mai Intl.), located 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Chiang Mai Station.

Food & drink 

Traditional cuisine in Chiang Mai City

Chiang Mai City is known for many things, but one of the most prominent cultural factors here is food. A trip to Chiang Mai City wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the tradition of khan tok. Typically reserved for special celebrations, a khan tok is a pedestal tray with short wooden legs that’s set on the floor. Guests then sit on the floor around it and eat from the dishes served on the tray. One of the most notable dishes in Chiang Mai City is Khao Soi. This noodle curry dish features hand-cut rice, coconut milk and a curry soup base, and this delicious treat is never hard to come by no matter where you book your holiday accommodation in town.

Essential info

Key facts to know when booking Chiang Mai City holiday homes

Before you make your way to your Chiang Mai City holiday home, there are a few key facts you need to know. While you’ll find plenty of English-speaking service workers at Chiang Mai International Airport and on various tours, most people in town speak Northern Thai, so it’s helpful to have a working understanding of basic phrases and sentences in the native language. They use the Thai baht for currency, and it’s a good idea to have some cash on hand for tipping. It’s good practice to tip wait staff about 10 per cent of the bill, though street vendors don’t tend to accept tips. For taxis, you can just round up to the nearest bill and leave the extra as a tip, though tuktuk drivers don’t expect tips at all. Tuktuks, by the way, are open-air, three-wheel vehicles that have become a staple of Thai culture, so make sure you ride in one at least once during your holiday.


Events near Chiang Mai City holiday rentals

No matter which of the holiday rentals you opt for, you’ll never be too far from an exciting event. What you can experience simply depends on when you travel. Usually every November, you can enjoy the Loi Krathong festival and see floating banana-leaf containers with candles inside that light up the sky like orange stars. Thai New Year, or Songkran, is held in the middle of April every year. While many of the activities are religious, the citywide water fight, in which people playfully splash each other, is open to all.

Where to stay near Chiang Mai City?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 657 holiday rentals near Chiang Mai City. From 308 Condos/Apartments to 72 Villas, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Chiang Mai City is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Chiang Mai City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Chiang Mai City. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Si Phum: 201 holiday rentals
  • Chang Khlan: 180 holiday rentals
  • Nong Pa Khrang: 30 holiday rentals
  • Tribal Museum: 653 holiday rentals
  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: 649 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Chiang Mai City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Chiang Mai City?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Chiang Mai City with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Khua Mung: 592 holiday homes
  • Sop Mae Kha: 610 holiday homes
  • Ban Chang: 24 holiday homes
  • Mae Hia: 611 holiday homes
  • Pa Bong: 613 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Chiang Mai City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Chiang Mai City. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Tribal Museum: 653 holiday rentals
  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep: 649 holiday rentals
  • Central Festival Chiangmai: 653 holiday rentals
  • Chiang Mai Night Bazaar: 651 holiday rentals
  • Thepanya Hospital: 653 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Chiang Mai City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.