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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 18, 2016
Hotel Deals  (8 Answers)

I'm going to Chiang Mai this Nov. and stumble upon this website offering 4 days 3 nights stay in Shangri-La Hotel in Chiang Mai for only US$99 net inclusive airport transfer and breakfast. Have anyone already tried? If it's a real thing or it's a scam?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2016
Loy Krathong, Yi Peng and Mae Jo Lanternfestival  (4 Answers)

Hello :)
Does anyone know when the famous lanternfestival in Chiang mai is? Me and a friend want to visit it in November this year. We read there is also a Festival just for tourists there, but we want to see the traditional and not the one for which we have to pay.
It would be perfect, if someone could help us.
Thanks and sorry for my bad english ;)
Nice greets, Eve

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 07, 2016
How best to explore Chiang Mai surroundings - tours or on own?  (11 Answers)

Hello. Ok, in Bangkok, I decided to take mostly tour rather than on my own. With limited number of days, I thought that is the best option in Bangkok. But in Chiang Mai, i wonder if tours is still the best option. I do would like to do one day at some tribal village hopefully combined with biking. I have seen some biking tours that include one day stay somewhere. But when it comes to local Chiang Mai, am I better of to go to the main sites on my own? This is my first trip to this part of the world. Would appreciate some advice or pointers. I will be there from March 24th to 28 or 29. Thank you in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 28, 2016
Chiang Mai Buddy  (5 Answers)

Hello, has anyone used services? How did you like their services? I will be arriving in Chiang Mai in June and was thinking of using their company to assist with accommodations. Thanks for any information you can offer!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 21, 2016
Champions League  (3 Answers)

Is there any place that shows live champions league games in Chiang Mai?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2016
Chiang Mai Moveabout  (2 Answers)


Our group of 4 pax is planning to visit ChiangMai in April for a 4-day golfing trip. How can we arrange for our transportation during the entire 4 days period?

And how is the weather in April up there? Is it true its around 40 degrees C?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 29, 2016
Guest house / Hotel / Airbnb - outside of Chiang Mai?  (13 Answers)

I was told Chiang Mai is extremely touristy and I should stay somewhere just outside of Chiang Mai. Do you have any recommendations? CLEAN is important - also the ability to get around (transpo nearby). $30 - $50. Two people. Private bathroom. Thank you!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 22, 2015
Visa run to Loas question! (Kind of urgent :) )  (3 Answers)

Hey there guys,

I wondered if you could help give me some clarity around a visa run I am doing tomorrow from Chiang Mai to Loas.

I have a triple entry visa and am just about up on my first 60 days, and am wondering if I need to just over to the border to Laos, get a Laos's VOA then just head straight back to get my second 60 days activated, or do I need to go to the Thai Consulate in Vientiane to activate it? I am asking because I can only seem to find posts about visa runs made from Chiang Mai to Vientiane when people are applying for a fresh new visa there (e.g are applying for a new single entry, double entry tourist visa etc)

Any clarity around whether I need to go the Consulate or not would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 28, 2015
Chiang Mai to Laos  (20 Answers)

Hi again - I am in Nong Khai struggling to decide if I should just amble over to Laos - thus wasting the last three weeks of my visa exemption - or to travel more in Thailand before going to laos. I would head north, centering in Chiang Mai because that is the easiest for me (no car, luggage) - What would be reasonable options for an older person with luggage? Not the boat! I have seen videos of that! Is there some kind of bus? Or a minivan that can take luggage? Etc whatever? Is it feasible for a non back packer? Thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 18, 2015
Yee Peng Festival  (3 Answers)

Has anyone here been to the Yee Peng festival in Chiang Mai and attended the lantern release at Mae Jo university? Any info about previous experience would be appreciated! I'm reading conflicting information about it! Thanks :)

- Also general info about Chiang Mai for that week as it is also the Loi Krathong festival as well

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 14, 2015
Trip to Cnagmai  (13 Answers)

hi ,
am planing to travel to changmai for 3 nights,next Nov/2015
can some one guide me to find good hotels and good places to visit ?

thanks .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2015
February in Chiang Mai  (9 Answers)

Is it a good idea to travel here at the end of Feb. I have read that they usually burn off this time of year?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 12, 2015
Are the no shoes requirements strict in ALL Chiang Mai temples?  (7 Answers)

Have polio and wear a knee to foot orthotic. Can remove it at home on dead level carpeted floors, but the slightest uneven surface (even the garden), brings about falls and great difficulty walking. Not so good at over 60. Am wondering if there are any temples in Chiang Mai who relax the strict no shoes rule for the disabled? For instance, was overwhelmed in India, where often accommodation was made for disability by squares of white cotton cloths being produced to wrap and tie around the shoes if unable to remove them.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2015
What to do - Recommendations!  (8 Answers)

We have 3.5 days in Chiang Mai between Krabi and Phuket - what do you suggest for things to do?

I really want to do an elephant sanctuary (ethical, non mahout type) and have another post for this as the one I wanted to do is fully booked.

Other than this we are obviously going to do the night markets - any suggestions on how and where to go as I know nothing other than there's night markets to visit!

I have read a little about some water falls - this seems interesting but we cannot do too much physical activity. We did Tiger Temple yesterday in Krabi and I only made it half way. I am in the middle of my weight loss journey and have lost 5.5 stone but still not physically fit enough for major activities - but I'm 100 times better that I was at the start so I'm OK with this! If we could swim near water falls etc, this would be great - we have 2 teenage boys with us!

I have heard mixed reviews on the hill tribe, some say very good, others say way too commercialised?
We like Temples etc but we are doing Bangkok and Ayutthaya so many suggest that this will be more than enough temples!

Anyway, any other suggestions would be good!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 11, 2015
Elephant Santuary??? HELP!  (4 Answers)

Hi, I am in Chiang Mai from 13th-16th July and planned to do an Elephant sanctuary but the one that came highly recommended is full booked! It was supposed to be the Elephant Nature Park.

Can anyone recommend an alternative that is ethical?

It's for 2 adults and 2 teens.

Thanks in advance for any feedback.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 29, 2015
Hotel Suggestions  (16 Answers)

Hi, I have over spent on the beach resorts we are staying at, so I now need to look at cheaper hotels in Chiang Mai - just wondering if anyone can suggest any little gems that I may not know of or may not show on normal search engines?

There's 4 of us - 2 adults and 2 x 16 year olds who can share 1 room as long as enough beds or 2 rooms is fine.
I need clean, central, own bathroom, must have air con and Wifi is kinda important but not the end of the world if not actually in the room.

Thanking you in advance for any suggestions.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2015
Adding money to a Thai SIM card online  (7 Answers)

What is the best way to topup your Thai SIM card online?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2015
Airport to Tha Phae Gate  (4 Answers)

What is the most easiest way to get from airport to Tha Phae Gate area?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 23, 2015
Cheapest visa run options  (5 Answers)

What is the absolute cheapest visa run option?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2015
English-Speaking Pharmacies: Chiang Mai  (6 Answers)


I am moving to Chiang Mai.
Are there pharmacies in Chiang Mai that will print my prescription medication bottle labels in English?

Thank you for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 14, 2015
Hiking Trails  (2 Answers)


Are there any easy and well-marked hiking trails in Chiang Mai?
What are the addresses?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 03, 2015
Current price for a safe, licensed driver for 2 one way drives  (7 Answers)

What's a reasonable price in 2015 for a private car w. a safe, licensed and insured English speaking driver for a one way trip for two:

1. From Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

2. From Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2015
Mondulkiri vs Elephants in Chiang Mai  (8 Answers)

I'll have a trip to Thailand and Cambodia in July. I would like to see elephants in their places (not thinking of riding them). I heard that there is an elephant project camp in Mondulkiri, Cambodia. I would love to go there but road takes very long and I dont have much time. Also I've just realized that there are camps in Chiang Mai as well. Can anyone compare these camps in Thailand and Cambodia? Is it worth trying to go & see the ones in Mondulkiri? What's the difference? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 15, 2015
Buying Gemstones in Chang Mai  (4 Answers)

I am thinking of travelling to Chang mail to buy gemstones. Where in Chang mail should I go to buy gemstones ? Any good hotels close to that place ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2015
route from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai  (4 Answers)

I have to decide about the route from Mae Hong Son to Chiang Mai. The most popular is via Doi Inthanon (almost 7 hrs drive) but I have already been there couple of years ago. The alternative I had found out is via Mae Sariang (about 6 hrs drive) and via Mae Chaem (about 7 hrs drive). I have hired a car+ driver with cawho is familiar with the roads.
Any suggestion which route is more interesting sightseeing wise, will be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 02, 2015
baby car seat  (1 Answer)

when I rent a car can I also rent a baby car seat? If not where can I rent a baby car seat?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 15, 2014
Month long residence  (2 Answers)

I'm looking to stay in Chiang Mai for a month in January and would like a large room with the ability to at least have a rice cooker and refrigerator. Nothing fancy. Prefer $250-$400 for the month. Any suggestions? Also, if there's any chance somebody knows, is it possible to have small packages of nutritional supplements sent to Chiang Mai? Will they be approved by Customs in Thailand. Are duty charges exorbitant? Thanks for any help.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2014
Good time to ride Segway in the city?  (3 Answers)

We (2 pax) plan to take the Segway Tour on Sunday (10th Jan) but are not sure which time is better?
1. 13:00-16:00 (3 hours)
2. 16:00-18:00 (2 hours)
Issues under consideration are traffic and especially, temperature..

It'll be good to do the 3 hours after lunch then hang around until the night market starts around 17:30 but I'm worried it will be quite warm at that time. Thus, is it better if we take the 16:00 2 hours slot? Would it be cooler? I checked axact date for Jan 2014 and it topped at 33'C!! I don't like heat much :))

Tq, Mel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 08, 2014
Mahanaga Restaurant at Mae Ping  (2 Answers)

I read that this restaurant had closed down. Is it true? Would like to go for a drink at least...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2014
Driving fr Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai& Back  (6 Answers)

We plan to rent a car and drive from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, stay 2 nights at Le Meridien CR, then drive back to Chiang Mai.
1. Would anyone be able to recommend anything to see along the way, please?
2. Or anywhere to go while in Chiang Rai? I plan to have long lunch at Chiang Rai Beach at least, visit the night market and some restaurants.. Not planning to drive to the Golden Triangle since I've been and it wasn't that interesting for me.
3. Or anywhere to go by car in or nearer to Chiang Mai the day we get back? Returning the car the next day..


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