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Where to stay in Chiang Mai – Thailand

Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand and is the country’s cultural hub. Chiang Mai has created its own unique culture complete with a distinct dialect, architecture and food. Parts of Chiang Mai have been around since the 8th century and remnants of this ancient period are still visible throughout the city. However, although Chiang Mai is rich in history, it offers much more than the ancient ruins of Old City and Wiang Kum Kam. There is a popular area of the city for everyone, whether you’re interested in shopping, youth culture or experiencing life as a local. This where to stay guide will cover off the best places to stay in Chiang Mai for families, best budget places to stay in Chiang Mai, backpacking hostels in Chiang Mai and of course luxury hotels in Chiang Mai

Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50%! Low tourist season is from May to October and high tourist season is November to April.

We will cover off all types of Chiang Mai accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Chiang Mai hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Chiang Mai, the best Chiang Mai hotels, best places in Chiang Mai to visit, the best places to stay in Chiang Mai, hotels near Chiang Mai attractions, Chiang Mai neighborhood guide and many more.

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Chiang Mai Riverside – Best area to stay in Chiang Mai 

The Ping River originates at Doi Thuai in Chiang Dao and flows all the way down through Chiang Mai city. Staying around the riverside will be perfect if you’re looking for an upscale area and scenic surrounding without the craziness of the city. You will find allot of Chiang Mai restaurants among the river banks, serving both, international and Thai cuisine. For a unique and romantic experience: try the dinner cruise, slowly cruising down the Ping River enjoying a buffet or set menu dinner.

Best Places to Stay near Chiang Mai Riverside

Budget Hotels near Chiang Mai Riverside: 
Rustic River Boutique
Vanilla Place Guest House
Rainforest Boutique

Mid-Range/ Family Friendly Hotels near Chiang Mai Riverside:
Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel
Lanna Dusita Boutique Resort
Yaang Come Village

Luxury Hotels near Chiang Mai Riverside:
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort
137 Pillars House Chiang Mai

Where to stay in Chiang Mai - Thailand

Old City – Popular with tourists (but quiet at night)

Old City is undoubtedly the cultural epicentre of Chiang Mai. This area of Chiang Mai is known as “Old City” because it was built in the late 13th century by King Mengrai and was where Chiang Mai originated. In fact, pieces of the ancient city walls are still visible throughout Old City. Old City is the best place in Chiang Mai to visit if you are interested in culture, arts or religion. This area has the highest concentration of temples in all of Thailand- Old City alone has more than 200 Buddhist temples, all of which date back a few hundred years. Much of the culture and aesthetics of Old City is preserved under conservation laws, which state that no major construction can be done in the area and that the creation of high-rise skyscrapers that restructure the skyline are forbidden close to temples.

Best place to stay near Old City

Cheapest Hostels near Old City
Heuan Pak Dee Hostel at Gallery
Sabai Hotel and Hostel

Budget Hotels near Old City
Roseate Hotel Chiang Mai
The 3 Sis
The Velvet Orchid
Parasol Hotel Old Town Chiang Mai 

Mid-Range/ Family Friendly Hotels near Old City
U Chiang Mai
Kodchasri Thani Hotel Chiangmai
De Naga Hotel Chiang Mai
Jomkitti Boutique Hotel

Luxury Hotels near Old City
9 Suite Luxury Boutique Hotel
Pingdoi Hualin Boutique Hotel
Rachamankha

CHIANG MAI THAILAND - This is a traditional night market in the downtown area of Chiang mai in Chiang Mai

Nimmanhemin Road – Where to stay in Chiang Mai backpackers

Nimmanhaeminda, called Nimman by locals, is a primarily student area that boasts a hipster scene by day and bustling nightlife by night. It’s become the alternative tourist hotspot in Chiang Mai as it has quite a young and vibrant energy. Located just behind Chiang Mai University (CMU), Nimman is the place to visit if you’re interested in finding the best cup of coffee in Chiang Mai. Although Nimman doesn’t have as many backpacker hostels as other areas of Chiang Mai, it’s where you will find the most affordable hotels in the city. If you’re looking to visit an area of Chiang Mai with a prominent youth culture, Nimman is it.

Best places to stay near Nimmanhemin Road

Cheapest Hostels near Nimmanhemin Road
The Pause Hostel
The Bird Hub Hostel

Budget Hotels near Nimmanhemin Road
BED Nimman Hotel – Adults Only
The Chaya Resort And Spa Chiang Mai
Nimman Mai Design Hotel Chiang Mai

Mid-Range/ Family Friendly Hotels near Nimmanhemin Road
Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort

Luxury Hotels near Nimmanhemin Road
North Hill City Resort
Akyra Manor Chiang Mai
Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai
Kantary Hills Chiang Mai

Where to stay in Chiang Mai - Thailand

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar (quiet during the day busy at night)

This family-friendly area is the centre of Chiang Mai’s main shopping district and is considered the “downtown” of Chiang Mai. The market is open from 6pm until late and sees hundreds upon hundreds of visitors every night. It’s hands down the best location in the city to find street food, handmade crafts and Thai products for a super cheap price. Whether you’re on the hunt for something specific or just want to browse, the Night Bazaar area is a lively market area that will more than likely have what you need.

Best places to stay near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

Budget Hotels near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar:
Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai
202 Hotel & Restaurant
Nap in Chiangmai

Mid-Range/ Family Friendly Hotels near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
De Chai The Colonial Hotel
Tamarind Village
De Chai the Deco Hotel
Sala lanna Chiang Mai

Luxury Hotels near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel & Spa
Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Landmark pagoda in doi Inthanon national park at Chiang mai, Thailand.

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