Visa for Thailand Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. However, the vast majority of visitors can enter for 30 days without a visa or get a 15-day visa at the entranc (Suvarnabhumi International Airport). The nationals of the following countries are eligible for visa exemption or visa on arrival for a short stay: http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908.
Chiang Mai International Airport Chiang Mai is a major gateway to Northern Thailand that is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination and its international airport welcomes over 2 million visitors per year, receiving 130 flights a week from Bangkok as well as Singapore, China, Taiwan, Myanmar and Laos. The airport has a full range of facilities to offer to its visitors.
From Bangkok, you can connect flight to Chiang Mai International Airport through Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Muang International Airport by following airlines;
Located less than 10 minutes by taxi from the city center, Chiang Mai International Airport consists of domestic and international terminals in a single building.
There are several exchange bureaus and ATMs in the terminal as well.
Learn more about Chiang Mai International Airport here http://www.chiangmaiairportonline.com
Geography: Thailand has a land area of around 512 square km, bordered by Malaysia (South), Myanmar (West and North), Laos (North and East) and Cambodia (Southeast).
Climate: Average temperature is about 29 degree C; humidity ranges from 66% to 82%.
Seasons: Thailand’s seasons are generally divided into the hot season (March - June), cool season (November - February), and rainy season (July - October), in reality it’s relatively hot most of the year.
Language: Thai is the national language. English is widely spoken in the cities.
Clothing: Thin cotton is the best. Jackets or sweater may be necessary in a cool season, especially in the mountainous areas on the North or Northeast.
Electricity: 220 volts 50 cycles throughout the country, see types of plug and AC slot mainly use in Thailand below:
Water: Drink only bottled or boiled water.
Local time: GMT + 7 hours.
Business hours: Most offices open from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. General banking hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am- 3:30 pm.
Credit Cards: Major credit cards (American Express, Visa, Mastercard and Diners Club) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants, shops, malls and travel agencies.
Internet: Many hotels provide Internet services, and cyber cafes are plentiful throughout the country.
Restaurants: Thailand has a large number of restaurants throughout the kingdom, providing Thai as well as international cuisine. Thai restaurants feature extensive menus of simple and spicy dishes, from fried rice to exotic curries. Although Thais enjoy meals laden with chillies, most restaurants tone down fiery dishes for foreigners. For those with a craving for fast food, internationally known franchises abound in Bangkok, with burgers, fried chicken, pizza and ice cream readily available.
Taxis: Metered taxis are plentiful in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, with official ones recognizable by their yellow license plates. The meter starts at 35 BAHT, and the fare is 2 BAHT for the first 2 kilometers. Three-wheel motorcycle called tuk-tuk is not metered, and passengers must bargain with the driver before embarking. Outside Bangkok, taxis are scarce or non-existent, but most hotels provide some form of transportation service.
Telephones: Cell phones are everywhere in Thailand. Handsets may be rented at the airport. For those bringing their own, SIM cards may be purchased to allow users to call within Thailand at local rates. Public phone booths are also plentiful.
Located on Sam Lan Road, Wat Phra Sing’s Viharn Lai Kham is home to Phra Phutthasihing, Chiang Mai’s most sacred, Chiang sean-style Buddha image. During the Songkran festival, every April 13-15, Phra Phutthasihing is carried in a parade procession around town so locals can bath the image with scented water, which brings good luck according to a traditional belief.
Perhaps the most famous and important temple in Chiang Mai every visitor must pay a visit. On top of Doi Suthep Hill, at 3,520 feet above sea level, finds the revered golden Phra That (chedi) of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep rises against the sunlight. The temple was built in 1383 to enshrine Buddha’s relics. You can actually drive uphill to the higher platform but a lot of devout Buddhists choose to pilgrim by walking 290 steps up to the hilltop. After praying the Phra That for good lucks, don not forget to proceed to the terrace to soak up panoramic views of Chiang Mai town and surrounding countryside.
“Luang” means “large” in northern dialect, and as the name suggests, Wat Chedi Luang temple is home to Chiang Mai’s largest Buddhist chedi built featuring 98 meters tall and 54 meters in diameter. The construction of the orginal chedi was completed in 1481 during the reign of King Mengrai. But the current Chedi Luang is an restoration according to the deconstruction of the chedi in 1545 due to an earthquake. The ordination hall located in the front is also an example of beautiful Lanna architecture with its serpents is probably one of the most remembered elements.
Over 200 types of Asian and African mammals can be found in this striking landscape, here at Chiang Mai Zoo. This family-must-visit attraction can be found at Doi Suthep foothills, just next to the beautiful Huay Kaew Arboretum. Say hello to the China Panda Family Ambassador to Thailand, Linping, Lin Hui, and Chuang Chaung at the Panda House. Follow by immersing yourself in Asia’s longest 133-meter underwater tunnel at the newly aquarium where you will discover rare sea and river fish from northern regions including Khong River Basin, Amazon River Basin, the mangrove. Don’t miss, Nakhon Ping Bird Aviary, the spacious walk-in aviary named the largest one of Thailand where you will explore vast array of more than 132 local and international bird species with the scenic view of waterfall. Don’t have the whole day to spend here? The zoo offers tram service for sightseeing trip with informative live guide about the zoo and its highlights. Or traverse the zoo with the bird’s eye view on the mono rail which stops in the 4 highlight attractions. Enjoy family meal time with open-air deck seating restaurant right by the stunning waterfall.
Open daily from 08.00–17.00. Ever wonder what the zoo is like at night, visit the mysterious Twilight Zoo, from 18.00-21.00. And if all of these make you want to stay here day and night, the zoo camping site may well suit your fancy.
Angkhang hill is one of Chiang Mai’s most visited attractions, thanks to its cool weather all year round especially in the months of December to January when the temperature can be as low as a single digit celsius. The main reason that makes Doi Angkhang a famous destination is that it is the location of Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station, the Royal Project′s first demonstration site for researching and experimenting winter plants, fruits and flowers, established by King Bhumibol to help tribal people. Read more at Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station. For more information, visit www.angkhangstation.com
Activities on Doi Ang Khang are varied. For example, Ang Khang Natural Resort offers a wide range of activities, including a 2km-trekking into the jungle to see the waterfall and local trees, mountain biking and bird watching.
Ching Mai Night Bazaar is located in the heart of the city, on the Chan Klan road, between Tha Pae and Sri Donchai roads. It is famous for its handicrafts and portrait paintings. There are also jewelry, toys, clothing and high tech items such as, CDs and DVDs. The market is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Chiang Mai. At first, the market was owned by Chinese merchants, but since it grew in size as more commercial buildings were built, it was no longer owned by a single group of people. Instead, there are many owners, and most of them are Thai.
Northern Thai Food Information
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