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Explore the city at your ease

Chiang Mai's city centre is easy to navigate. Rental car, vans and motorbikes are widely available. You may travel around Chiang Mai via taxi, train, Song Taew, tuk-tuks, rickshaws and car.


Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive, though dense traffic in the centre can make even short distances a long trip.

Taxis cost approximately THB 34 for the first two kilometres, then about THB 3.4 for each kilometre thereafter.

Public Transit


The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has a computer reservation system for sleeping berths on rapid and express night trains. There are reclining seats on the faster 'sprinter' service.

The lower sleeping berth in second class (air-conditioned or fan) is a little more comfortable than the upper.

Rapid and Express trains have dining cars, and vendors sell drinks and snacks.

Song Taew (Red Taxi) 

Song Taew (Red Taxi) is the common transportation in town. Passengers can hop in and out as they wish.

Simply tell the driver the destination and negotiate the price before boarding. Fares start from THB 15 (depending on the distance).

Car Rental 

All major car rental companies such as AVIS, Budget and Hertz, are ready to provide suggestions on travel itineraries. Thai car rental companies are also available.

The easiest way to locate a car rental company is to ask at the airport or the hotel.


A noisy, motorized three-wheeler with covered seats, the tuk-tuk is really only suitable for short journeys. Tuk-tuks cost from THB 30 to 40 per vehicle with higher fares late at night.

Prices must be agreed beforehand.

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