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Chiang Mai is located at an altitude of approximately 310 metres above sea level.

The city sits on the Mae Ping River basin approximately 700 kilometres from Bangkok, Thailand. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, the terrain is mainly comprised of jungles and mountains. These are home to many fascinating hill tribes.


A majority of visitors are issued two to four week entry permits on arrival, upon presentation of a passport and a ticket for a return or onward journey.

Entry permits cannot be extended while you are in Thailand. It is advisable to check with a Thai embassy or consulate in your country before departure.

If you are planning a longer stay, apply for either a 60-day tourist visa or 30-day transit visa from Thai embassies and consulates overseas. These can be extended at the Immigration Office in Bangkok for a nominal fee.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand


The national currency of Thailand is the baht.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

THB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.041 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.027 Euro (EUR)
0.023 British Pound (GBP)
0.22 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
2.21 Indian Rupee (INR)
3.81 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.045 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.19 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB)
0.039 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.028 US Dollar (USD)


A value-added tax (VAT) of 7% is added to all purchase amounts. The VAT is refundable for tourists only at participating shops.

A provincial tax of 1.5 % is added automatically to the accommodation expenses.


A service charge of 10% is usually added automatically to all hotel and restaurant bills in the city. If not, a 10% tip is appropriate for waiters.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30 / 9.30am - 3.30pm, Monday through Friday.

Office Hours
8 / 9am - 4 / 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Shop Hours
8 / 9am to 9pm or later throughout the week.
Department stores are open daily from 10am to 8 / 9 pm.

Public Health

Check with your local clinic about vaccination requirements.

Drink only bottled or boiled water. Bottled drinking water is always available in your room, compliments of Shangri-La.


Light clothing for the summer months and a sweater for the cooler months are sufficient.

Suits are appropriate for business occasions. Shorts and T-shirts are frowned upon in government offices. Modest dress is required when visiting temples.


A tropical city, Chiang Mai enjoys warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. The April to June summer temperatures range from 35°C to 40°C (95°F to 104°F), while the October to February winter temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F).

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 28ºC 13ºC
Feb 32ºC 14ºC
Mar 34ºC 18ºC
Apr 36ºC 21ºC
May 34ºC 23ºC
Jun 32ºC 23ºC
Jul 31ºC 23ºC
Aug 31ºC 23ºC
Sep 31ºC 23ºC
Oct 31ºC 21ºC
Nov 29ºC 19ºC
Dec 28ºC 15ºC

1.65 million

Thai; English is also widely spoken

Time Zone
GMT + 7 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800