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Chiang Mai Travel Guide

Information of Chiang Mai

Overseas Telephone Code: +66 (53) + 6 number
Chiang Mai City Code: 053 + 6 digit number

Almost 70 per cent of Chiang Mai’s land is mountainous covered by forests. The most important river in Chiang Mai is the Ping, which originates in the mountains of Chiang Dao. Chiang Mai hosts the Thailand’s highest mountain, the Doi Inthanon, which stands 2,575 meters above sea level.

The average yearly temperature is 25.4°C, with the highest temperature being 40°C and the lowest 10°C. Agriculture is an important part of the local economy, winter temperatures allow the cultivation of temperate vegetables, rice and fruits such as apples, strawberries and peaches. In recent years, tourism has become the most important economic source for the city. Other industries include handicraft production, exporting, and manufacturing.

There are three seasons in the Chiang Mai area: The summer season arrives in March until June, the weather is hot and humid, with an average temperature of 30°C. The rainy season begin in July and continues until October, the weather is wet and monsoon, the mountains are lush and green and humidity is above 80 per cent. From November until February, the winter season arrives, this is the preferred time for many visitors, because the climate is cool and dry, and one can appreciate blue skies and abundant flowers. It is said that the best time to visit Chiang Mai is between the months of October and April. For trekkers, best time to go is between November and March, when weather is dry and the vegetation is still lush.

Banks in Chiang Mai are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 15:30 and are closed on Saturday, Sunday and on national holidays. Most banks have their own exchange bureaux, they all have their own rates, check the fees and most of them are open, usually, seven days a week from 10:00 to 22:00 pm. Several banks are located in the vicinity of Thapae Gate. The Siam Commercial Bank is found fifty yards down Ratchadamnoen road. If you are looking for the most convenient major bank branches, must go to Chang Klan Road and Charoen Prathet Road, where the Night Bazaar is located. The maximum withdrawal amount is 20, 000 baht per day.

Major establishments accept credit card payment, including shops.

Tourism Authority of Thailand in Chiang Mai acts as a guide in exploring the major attractions of the city, TAT publishes a list of licensed agencies. There is also a Professional Guide Association which issues accreditation to guides, although, asking other travelers is a sure method of verifying an agency’s service.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Office in Chiang Mai
Address: 105/1 Lamphun Road, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50000
Telephone: +66 (53) 248 604

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