Bangkok is the capital of Thailand.  It is divided by the Chao Phraya River and is nestled in one of the world's most fertile rice-producing deltas. Bangkok's 579 square miles (1,500 sq km) are surrounded by a series of canals carrying passengers and cargo, its roads clotted with endless traffic jams, while the city sprawls in all directions with a hodgepodge of urban, commercial and industrial buildings. A new overland metropolitan railway speeds above the city, providing visitors with a relaxed and efficient way to observe the hustle and bustle below.

 

Chieng Mai is Thailand's second-largest city and a center for excursions to the region's ancient and beautiful temples, the teak forests and their working elephants, caves and waterfalls, and journeys to visit the northern hill tribes. The main attractions are the Doi Suthep temple and elephant trekking. Doi Suthep is one of the most famous temples in northern Thailand. Perched high on a hilltop, it offers fine views over the city on clear days. The trip up can either be made via a funicular or a grand staircase with 400 steps. The banisters alone are worth a visit: a giant green-and-red glazed serpent winds its way down to end in a magnificent dragon's head. Elephant trekking in the surrounding countryside has become a big tourist buck earner in the last decade, but visitors should beware that some 'authentic' trips turn out to be just the opposite.

 

Climate & Weather

High temperatures and humidity levels are experienced throughout the year. The country is hottest between March and May, and monsoon season runs from June to October. In September and October much of the country suffers from flooding, particularly in the north, north eastern and central regions. The cool season, most favored by visitors, runs from November to February.  Please visit http://www.wunderground.com for more details on weather.
Customs and Formalities

Travelers to Thailand do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200 cigarettes, or 250g tobacco or equivalent amount of cigars; alcohol up to 1 liter; 1 camera with 5 rolls of film or 1 movie camera with 3 rolls of 8 or 16 mm film. Goods to the value of Bt10,000 per person for non-residents with transit visas and Bt20,000 per person for holders of tourist visas.  Prohibited items include firearms and ammunition without licenses, fireworks, and drugs.

What to bring

Lightweights and rainwear as advised with warmer layers from October to March and for highland areas.
 

Currency, Exchange and ATM

Baht (THB; symbol ฿) = 100 satang. Notes are in denominations of ฿1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of ฿10, 5 and 1, and 50 and 25 satang.  Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks (which have the best rates) and hotels (which charge high commissions).   American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are found in all major cities and almost all provincial banks.

Heath Requirements

Travelers should take medical advice at least three weeks before traveling to Thailand. Malaria is a risk outside Bangkok and the major tourist resorts, and most physicians will also advise immunization against hepatitis A and typhoid fever.  You should drink or use only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you suffer from diarrhoea during a visit to Thailand you should seek immediate medical attention.  Medical facilities are good in major cities, but good medical insurance is vital: without insurance, or cash/credit card, travelers will not be treated. Bangkok has excellent international hospitals.

Airport Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of the air ticket.

Internet

There are plenty of Internet cafes, some even found in remote areas visited by tourists.

Language

Thai is the official language, although English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Local Time and Working Hour

Local Time:  GMT + 7

Banking Hours: Monday – Friday  8:30am – 3:30pm.

Shopping Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm.

Passport and Visa

All nationalities require passports valid for at least six months. Travelers entering Thailand are required to prove they have sufficient funds to cover the length of their stay, and are recommended to hold documentation for return/onward travel.  Visas are not required for travel by Australian passport holders for periods of 30 days or less. Those arriving at overland crossings will only be given visa free entry valid for 15 days.


Food

Thai food is traditionally fairly hot and spicy, but most tourist restaurants tend to tone down the heat for tourists. Most Thai food is prepared with fresh ingredients such as lemon grass and coriander and rice is commonly eaten with most meals.  The national specialties are tom-yam, a light coconut soup prepared with prawns, meat and lemon grass, and pad thai a stir-fried rice noodle served with prawns.  Locally made beer and whiskey are popular.

Post and Telecommunications

Country code: 66.

Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. There is good coverage, especially around main towns.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz.  Both flat and round two-pin plugs are used.

Shopping

Thailand is one of the best places in Asia for bargain hunting and visitors will be spoilt for choice with the huge, glitzy shopping malls, department stores, small shops and bustling street markets. Both Bangkok and Chiang Mai have excellent night markets. 

Bargaining & Tipping

Tipping is not expected, but is becoming more common in places frequented by tourists. A 10% service charge is added to the bill at most hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers are not tipped.


All of the above information is accurate at the time of publication.

 

  

Chiang Mai Tours, Chiang Mai Excursions
 

(Indicate the Tour Code when booking a Day Tour)

 

 

Fullday Tour - Elaphant Safari & Hmong Nong Hoi incl. Botanic Garden  (Tour code: VI-2202a)


Drive from Chiang Mai City to Mae Rim. Starting with a visit to an elephant camp and having seen the admirable and intelligent animals bathing and working, you take an hour ride through the forest on elephant back. Proceed to Lunch at local ...
Departure date : daily, 0830-1630
Price : $140 per person

 

Fullday Tour - Elephant Riding & Bamboo Rafting  (Tour code: VI-2202b)


Drive to the north of Chiang Mai to visit the Mae Ping Elephant Camp. Watch the elephants taking their daily bath in the stream before beginning to haul timber in the forest. You will be amazed by their strength and clever teamwork. Afterwards ...
Departure date : daily, 0830-1630
Price : $140 per person

 

Fullday Tour - Nature & Countryside by Bicycle incl. lunch  (Tour code: VI-2202c)


Cycling tour is a wonderful way to discover the beautiful countryside surrounding Chiang Mai. Ride through tranquil villages and pass shimmering rice paddies, taking time out to visit Buddhist temples and see local people at work in the fields. ...
Departure date : daily, 0830-1630
Price : $76 per person

 

Fullday Tour - One Day Eco Soft Adventure  (Tour code: VI-2202d)


Drive from Chiang Mai by 4-WD Land Rover or similar to hilltribe museum at Mae Rim. Then continue to Mae Tang for elephant safari through the forest for 1 hr. includes ox-cart riding. Picnic Lunch. After lunch embark on the inflatable raft down ...
Departure date : daily, 0830-1630
Price : $170 per person
 

   

 

 

 

CNXH01 : HALF DAY CITY & TEMPLES TOUR  (Tour code: IB-CNXH01)

Daily: 08:30-12:00PM and 13:00-17:00PM

Chiangmai sited approx. 700 kms. North of Bangkok on The Ping River with cooler climate than other parts of the country. The provinces itself is large, home of various colorful minorities and rich of its culture. 

Together it has over 300 temples and temple hopping is one of the most rewarding activities you can do while here. Some of the most popular temples in the city are Wat Pra Singha; famed with its special painting wall in Viharn Lai Kam, Wat Chedi Lung; with its giant stupa, Wat Suan Dork where stupas contain remains of Chiangmai’s former Royal family and Wat Jet Yod with its ancient & ruins.

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXH01  H/D CITY & TEMPLES $83 $44  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

 

CNXH02 : HALF DAY HANDICRAFT VILLAGE TOUR (Tour code: IB-CNXH02)

Daily: 08:30-12:00PM and 13:00-17:00PM

The tour takes you to visit local workshops of craftsmanship in Sankampang Road, east of the city. Along this road you will touch very specializes in the making of Sa Paper umbrellas, the weaving handloom for Thai silk & cotton, silverware making, lacqueware and a celadon factory.

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXH02  H/D HANDICRAFT VILLAGE $83 $44  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

CNXH04 : HALF DAY DOI SUTHEP & MEO DOI PUI TOUR (Tour code: IB-CNXH04)

Daily: 08:30-12:00PM and 13:00-17:00PM

Visit WAT PRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, the most sacred temple upon the hill with its enormous mythological Nagas staircase of 306 steps and inside the cloister is an intriguing copper-placed chedi topped by five-tier gold parasol, which contains relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiangmai from the temple grounds. Then transfers by pick-up truck to Meo Hill tribe village named "Doi Pui" with their everyday surrounding.

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXH04  H/D DOI SUTHEP & MEO HILLTRIBE AT DOI PUI $124 $69  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

 

CNXC04 : HALF DAY ELEPHANT AT WORK AND ORCHID FARM TOUR (Tour code: IB-CNXC04)

Daily: 08:30-12:00PM

Visit the wooded area north of the city to Maesa Elephant Camp for an unforgettable adventure. Watch the elephants display their skills and talent shows. On the return trip to the hotel a stop is made at a beautiful orchid & butterfly farm, which display a full variety of some Thailand’s most exquisite blooms.

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXC04  H/D ELEPHANTS AT WORK & ORCHID (A.M.)

$100

$57  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

CNXH06 : EVE. KHANTOKE DINNER & CULTURAL TOUR (Tour code: IB-CNXH06)

Daily: 19:00-21:30PM

Enjoy an evening out by having a Khantoke Dinner, the customary northern Thai style of eating with food being served in large platters at low tables while you sit on mats on the floor. As you enjoy your meal, let yourself be entertained by a selection of northern cultural performances including Ram Dab (Thai Sword Dance), Fon Thiean (Thai Candle Dance), and Ram Wong (Group Dance). 

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXH06  EVE.  KHANTOKE DINNER  $78 $47  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

CNXH32 : EVE. CHIANGMAI NIGHT SAFARI TOUR (Tour code: IB-CNXH32)

Daily : 18:00-21:00PM 

Drive from your hotel to enjoy walking leisurely along the trail and view a variety of small animals. Then enjoy an exciting drive-through experience for a variety of hair-raising experience, offering close proximity with predatory animals and passing through Savanna habitats of the world.

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXH32 EVE. CHIANGMAI  NIGHT SAFARI $109 $72  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

CNXF37 : FULL DAY ELEPHANT RIDING & RAFTING at MAEPING RIVER TOUR  (Tour code: IB-CNXF37)

Daily: 08:30-16:00PM

Visit the wooded area north of the city to Elephant Camp in MaeTang area for an unforgettable adventure. Watch the elephants display their skills and talent shows. Follow by enjoy an exciting elephant riding through the jungle and take bamboo rafting along Ping River. Lunch will be served at local restaurant. 

After lunch enjoy a short oxcart ride then return to Chiangmai. On the way return trip to the hotel a stop is made at a beautiful orchid & butterfly farm, which display a full variety of some Thailand’s most exquisite blooms 

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CNXF37 F/D ELEPHANT RIDING & RAFTING AT MAEPING RIVER + LUNCH $186 $114  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

 

 

CEIF05 : FULL DAY CHIANGMAI-CHIANGRAI TOUR  (Tour code: IB-CEIF05)

Daily : 07:00-17:00PM

Drive through the beautiful scenery and picturesque road to Chiangrai with a stop at hot spring at Maekachan, culminates in a chance to explore this world famous for its opium trade.  Continue to Maesai, the border with Mynmar find riverside stalls to rest, eat and drink and to observe the tread in jade, rubies, sandalwood, handicrafts and herbal cosmetics. Then visit the Golden Triangle, visit to Chiangsean with its ancients & ruins. Lunch is included. On the way back to Chiangmai stop is made again at Yao & Akha hill tribe villages. Arrive Chiangmai in late afternoon.

 “A chance to explore the famous golden Triangle where borders of Thailand, Mynmar and Laos meet"

 

Code Tours Description (All prices are per person) 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 IB-CEIF05  F/D CNX-CEI-CNX TOUR BY ROAD WITH LUNCH (NO MAEKOK) $282 $149  
 IB-CEIH09   ***  SUPPLEMENT COST FOR MAEKHONG BOAT TRIP $30 $15  

Remarks:  All excursions rates are valid for pax accommodation at Hotel in Chiangmai Town only.  Not applicable for pax accommodation at Four Season, Belle Villa & Suan Bus, Panviman, etc

  

CHIANGMAI TRANSFER

  

Transfer Descriptions 1 pax 2-6 pax S.I.C.
 CHIANGMAI AIRPORT to  HOTEL IN TOWN $40 $20  
 TRAIN STATION  to  HOTEL IN TOWN $40 $20  
 CHIANGMAI AIRPORT  to  FOUR SEASONS RESORT $70 $37  
 CHIANGMAI AIRPORT  to  BELLE VILLA or SUANBUA HOTEL $82 $43  
 CHIANGMAI HOTEL IN CITY to  CHIANGRAI  HOTEL IN CITY  $235 $124  
 CHIANGMAI HOTEL IN CITY  to CHIANGRAI HOTEL IN GOLDEN TRIANGLE $274 $137  
 FOUR SEASON RESORT  to  CHIANGRAI HOTEL IN CITY  $286 $143  
 FOUR SEASON RESORT  to  CHIANGRAI HOTEL IN GOLDEN TRIANGLE $325 $163  
 BELLE VILLA or SUANBUA  to  CHIANGRAI HOTEL IN CITY  $299 $150  
 BELLE VILLA or SUANBUA  to  CHIANGRAI HOTEL IN GOLDEN TRIANGLE $338 $170  
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