Chiang Mai International Airport serves the Rose of the North, the Thai city of Chiang Mai. Located in the country’s north, Chiang Mai has a history of over 700 years and was once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lan Na. Vestiges of its past still remain, immortalised in its Old City, historic fortified walls and classic moat.
Chiang Mai International Airport handles over 2 million air travellers a year, and consists of only 1 terminal building split into 2 separate domestic and international sections. The airport is served by a variety of Asian and Middle Eastern airlines like AirAsia, Bangkok Airways, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, and Qatar Airways. As such, direct air connections to many major cities wi-thin the region (like Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Seoul) are offered at Chiang Mai Airport.
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Chiang Mai International Airport is situated around 12 kilometres from the heart of Chiang Mai city. Many of the city’s major hotels offer complimentary airport transfers for guests, but those in need of transportation to town can also grab a tuk-tuk or taxi from the airport. Head to the taxi booth and buy a coupon for a licensed airport taxi to take you into Chiang Mai - the ride should take about 15 minutes, at a fare of about SGD 6 (USD 4.28). If you’re adventurous enough to try a tuk-tuk instead of a taxi, your ride could be cheaper by about SGD 2 (USD 1.43).
What to see and do
Being located in Thailand’s mountainous north means that Chiang Mai is already elevated about 310 metres above sea level. Since you’re already so high up, why not go a little higher to reach the roof of Thailand? Hire a car or a motorbike to take you to Doi Inthanon National Park, the highest peak of the country. Over 2,500 meters tall, Doi Inthanon offers an unparalleled view of the whole surrounding region and is known to harbour numerous endemic species of flora and fauna. It’s not just greenery and nice scenery up there, though - beautiful monuments (called chedis) dedicated to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit are erected at the peak, and villages of native Hill tribes can be found just below.
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