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Enjoy Chiang Mai on a Budget

Stunning temples, mouth-watering food, bright and colorful markets—this is just some of what you can expect from the vibrant city of Chiang Mai. The perfect place for those traveling on a budget, with so much to see and do, your only constraint will be time. Savvy visitors who haggle will find they can stretch their money a long way. Don’t miss out on authentic experiences, like riding a tuk-tuk around town, grabbing a bargain in a boutique shop, and enjoying delicious Thai street food.

Things to see in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is an amazing city with plenty to offer those on a budget. Ask anyone about the must-see sight in Chiang Mai, and they would almost certainly say Wat Chedi Luang. Believed to be over 600 years old, this impressive temple is the jewel of the city and you can see it without spending a baht (although donations are welcome). Of course, it’s not the only temple in Chiang Mai—the city is home to more than 200! Take in the incredible sights and smells of the Saturday Walking Street Market on Wualai Road. Grab some bargains here and indulge in delicious street food that will set your taste buds alight. Head to the Night Bazaar in the evening to join in the local nightlife. If you love the outdoors and are feeling particularly adventurous, visit one of the zip-line parks where you can soar through the jungle in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai.

Cheap hotels in Chiang Mai

There are plenty of great budget hotels in Chiang Mai that will give you everything you need without breaking the bank. As long as you choose carefully, you can expect good, clean facilities and free WiFi at Chiang Mai’s guesthouses, making them the perfect place to crash after a night on the town. Chiang Mai is popular with backpackers, and has a wide selection of hostels to choose from too. Cheap hotels in Chiang Mai may be no-frills establishments but if you’re willing to cough up a few extra baht there’s more on offer, such as airport transfers and breakfast.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

The Old City area is probably the best place to stay if you’re looking for economy hotels in Chiang Mai—it’s full of them. It is also home to temples, good nightlife, cheap restaurants, and unique shops. If you really want to party, choose a Chiang Mai hostel near the Night Bazaar. This fascinating area is packed with people at night as the stalls open to sell their wares. Pick up some noodles from a market vendor before joining in the party. A budget guesthouse in Chiang Mai’s Riverside neighborhood is another solid choice.In return for paying a little extra, you can expect to enjoy blissful peace and quiet.

How to get to Chiang Mai

No matter how you arrive, travel to Chiang Mai is easy. Frequent flights from Bangkok, as well as various Asian destinations including Beijing, Seoul, and Singapore, arrive into Chiang Mai International Airport, located just a couple of miles from the city. Alternatively, if you’re traveling from Bangkok, you can get a bus to the Arcade Bus Station. A much longer trip at 10 hours, it’s a cheaper option for those on a shoestring. Trains run from Bangkok, including overnight sleeper services. When it comes to getting around the city you have a few options with the most common being a songthaew, tuk-tuk, or taxi.

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