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Away from the Madding Crowd

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Chiang Mai. A city in the North of Thailand Where the old customs, ideas and traditions are beginning to meet modern Western influence and yet so far still retaining their dignity, optimism and basic kindliness inherent In their Eastern values. This is a perfect destination to immerse yourself in the culture and simply relax.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

10 Places

9 City Tips

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10 Places

La Terrasse

Restaurants

Golden Bell Hotel

Hotels

Billy Restaurant

Restaurants

Nap in Chiangmai

Hotels

Mad Dog Pizza Restaurant

Restaurants

Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum

Speciality Museums

Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain)

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Sacred & Religious Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts

Raming Lodge Hotel & Spa

Hotels

Amora Resort Tapae Chiangmai

Hotels

BoBBournemouth's City Tips

  • Internal flights are quite cheap. If you are travelling on a budget then buses travel between all major cities at very little cost.
  • Go there between September to April when the weather is at its kindest.
  • Avoid driving until you have a "feel" for the road system. Normal rules do not apply. It would be dangerous to attempt to drive before you understand how it works
  • Walking on the pavements requires particular focus as they are quite uneven and various pipes and odd permanent projections can suddenly be found in your path.
  • Try to release Western thinking. Thai approach to life is different. These lovely kind people are ready to meet you, help you, befriend you and serve you. Embrace this attitude.
  • I would not recommend this city as a family destination. Although there is nothing to stop you taking children, as a holiday destination it doesn't cater specifically for them.
  • In towns, the little Tuk-Tuks will whisk you through alleys and lanes at exhilarating speeds for the price of a Western cup of coffee.
  • Bear in mind Health & Safety is not a top priority in Thailand and you should have your wits about you at all times. .
  • Beware of the streets. Some have holes that you could easily drop a foot into and they tend to be left untreated.
  • La Terrasse
    Restaurants (French, Gastropub)
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    If you feel like an occasional change from tasty Thai food, you will find this wonderful French Restaurant a superb alternative. Close to the Raming Lodge on Loikroh Road, As it says on the tin, or rather, the sign outside, this is a Traditional French Bistro. Parfait in every way and reasonably priced. I and my friends will be back. Merci Beaucoup.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • I would book in advance as it can get busy
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 2 291 restaurants in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Extremely dissatisfied 04/01/2020
    • Really very good 28/12/2019
    • La Terrasse
    Address:
    69/5 Kotchasarn Road. T. Changklan
    A. Muang
    Chiang Mai 50000
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 83 762 6065
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$31
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 22:30
    Other:
  • Golden Bell Hotel
    Hotels
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    Golden Bell can be found down a small quiet lane opposite the Chiang Mai Gate to the South end of the old walled centre. 15 minute walk to the Night Bazaar. 10 minutes to the Tha Pae Gate and the Sunday Market. And just 2 minutes from the more intimate Saturday market in the Wualai Road. This new modern hotel opened at the end of 2014 ticks most of the right boxes. Good size rooms, clean modern bathrooms, tiled floors throughout. Very smart. Small negative points; Breakfast very basic. Could do with a bit of imagination. (There are cafés nearby who can offer more) The walls are quite thin, and as with most courtyard style buildings, noise seems to reverberate up the middle of the building. Having said that there are no noisy bars nearby and you are also away from the traffic. All in all a good choice.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sun shines on the pool from mid-day
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 535 Hotels in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location, friendly staff and nice pool 23/01/2020
    • Terrible bed and even worse breakfast 19/01/2020
    • Golden Bell Hotel
    Address:
    50/1 Rajchiangsaen Rd
    Hai Ya subdistrict
    Chiang Mai 50100
    Thailand
  • Billy Restaurant
    Restaurants (Thai, Italian)
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    Having visited Billy's over the last few years, both Bunny & I can give it a great review. The same courteous staff are there year after year which must be a good thing. This is good honest basic Italian food. Served by a welcoming and friendly staff. If you can find it, and you like eating Italian then look no further. BobBournemouth.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Simply go and have fun
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #126 of 2 291 restaurants in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 19/01/2020
    • Lovely hidden oasis of good food and great service 07/01/2020
    • Billy Restaurant
    Address:
    19/2 Soi 1, Kampaengdin Road
    Changklan
    Chiang Mai 50100
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 53 272 529
    Other:
  • Nap in Chiangmai
    Hotels
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    The Nap Hotel sits in the Loikroh Road, opposite the enormous Duangtawan Hotel and above a 7/11 store. Brilliantly situated near the night bazaar with access to most other markets by a short stroll. It is a basic hotel. Deceptively quiet. You get a modern clean relatively small room nice bathroom and free hit or miss wifi. Not the best. No restaurant or leisure/communal areas. If you want a relatively cheap room only, then it ticks all the boxes. Horses for courses. Shewi declared himself "warver sceptical" but as I have told him more than once, you only get what you pay for in this life !

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Ask for a room towards the rear
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 535 Hotels in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location, spotlessly clean and fab breakfast 27/01/2020
    • A comfortable stay in Nap in Chiang Mai. 17/01/2020
    • Nap in Chiangmai
    Address:
    99/8-99/9 Loy Kroh Road
    Chang Khlan subdistrict
    Chiang Mai 50100
    Thailand
  • Mad Dog Pizza Restaurant
    Restaurants (Bar, Pizza, European, Pub)
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    A great fun café style bar on the edge of the canal close to the Thae Pae gate. A popular meeting place for the Brits. Ex-pats, travellers and all comers meet here to reminisce and seemingly talk about the weather "back 'ome" If you are in Chiang Mai and missing the UK, firstly: Why? secondly, go to Mad Dog's and fill up with everything you are missing and then remind yourself of the reason you are in Thailand. Works for me !

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Great for Pizzas !
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #374 of 2 291 restaurants in Chiang Mai
    • Good food and location 17/01/2020
    • Good western food and great service. 17/01/2020
    • Mad Dog Pizza Restaurant
    Address:
    19/1 Moonmuang Road
    A. Muang
    Chiang Mai
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 53 273 002
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    This place is great fun. The 3D effects are stunning. Allow a couple of hours

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Early afternoons seem to be quiet
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #198 of 1 522 things to do in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Afternoon 26/01/2020
    • Fun afternoon 25/01/2020
    • Art in Paradise, Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum
    Address:
    199/9 Chang khlan Rd.
    Chang Khlan
    Chiang Mai 50200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 53 274 100
    Other:
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain)
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Speciality Museums
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    A stunning temple high in the hills. allow a couple of hours to explore the majestic temple complex.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Always very busy. Go early. Pre-book
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 1 522 things to do in Chiang Mai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go during sun set 28/01/2020
    • magnificant wat and views 18/01/2020
    • Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain)
    Address:
    Mae Hia Subdistrict
    Chiang Mai 50200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 53 248 604
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Observation Decks & Towers, Lookouts
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    Another beautiful temple. Glorious sights from the top. Inhale the incense !

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Always busy. Go early.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Doi Suthep
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Temple in the clouds 26/01/2020
    • Worth the trek! Try to visit around sunset 21/01/2020
    • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Address:
    Mueang Chiang Mai District
    Doi Suthep 50200
    Thailand
    Phone:
    +66 53 295 003
    Other:
  • Raming Lodge Hotel & Spa
    Hotels
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    This hotel is situated closer to the main Thae Pae gate than the night market end of Loikroh road and what a cracker it is. Very reasonably priced, comfortable rooms and access to a swimming pool across the car park behind the hotel. The Loikroh Road is lively, so if absolute peace and tranquillity is what you're after then this might not be the best choice for you. However we have never found it too noisy and use it as a base for exploring Chiang Mai on a regular basis. Try a room on the higher floors. Good lift service will take you there. All in all, this is not a Five star hotel and doesn't pretend to be. But good honest value it certainly is.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Rooms at the back are less affected by noise from the street.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 535 Hotels in Chiang Mai
    • Great Hotel, great location 27/01/2020
    • Old and tired 16/01/2020
    • Raming Lodge Hotel & Spa
    Address:
    17-19 Loikroh Rd., Changklan Disrict Muang
    Chiang Mai 50100
    Thailand
  • Amora Resort Tapae Chiangmai
    Hotels
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    BoBBournemouth Says:

    Great location. Now in need of thorough decoration and upgrade throughout. Has lost its polished charm these days.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Good; if you don't mind sticky carpets and that slightly musty smell
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #175 of 535 Hotels in Chiang Mai
    • Worse experience ever 24/01/2020
    • Excellent location 11/01/2020
    • Amora Resort Tapae Chiangmai
    Address:
    22 Chaiyapooum Road
    Tambol Changmoi, Amphur Muang
    Chiang Mai 50300
    Thailand
    Phone:
    011 66 53 251 531
    Other:
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