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Best Places to Stay in Chiang Mai?

Having some insider information about the different kinds of accommodation is helpful if you're visiting Chiang Mai for the first time.

This segment contains a list of short and long term options for staying in Chiang Mai province with links to further detailed reviews.

Looking for Accommodation in Chiang Mai?

So, you're planning a trip to the mountainous north of Thailand - or you like it so much you want to live there?

Here's the thing:

Chiang Mai is one of the largest cities in the area and blessed with:

But, the question is... where will you stay? It's important to choose the right area to avoid disappointment or a bad experience.

In fact, Chiang Mai is most famous for the Old City section, surrounded by what remains of the city walls and moat.

It's not a huge town, and measures something around 1.5 square kilometres. So, most visitors will only need twenty (20) minutes or so to walk around the quaint streets and souvenir shops.

In case you were wondering:

The main hub for tourists is only a few kilometres to the north of Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). The Ping River (called Maenam Ping) runs through the main catchment area before the tributary eventually flows into the Chao Phraya River to the south.

In other words, the general vibe and culture found in the old town makes it a popular place to find a room for short term stays.

Not to mention the closeness of the energetic weekend night market that runs along Ratchadamnoen Road to its bustling neighbourhood.

Where Do You Want to Stay?

Offering personal recommendations for the best accommodation in Chiang Mai can be somewhat subjective - and misleading.

Nonetheless, there are several important distinctions between the main areas that you should consider, such as:

Chiang Mai Accommodation List


You can rent apartments in Chiang Mai for various time periods, such as overnight or long stay. Many apartments are in the city walled area, but also many outside the normal city area.


There are seldom outdoor experiences that nature lovers enjoy more than pitching a tent in some remote landscape and sleeping underneath the shimmering stars.

This section contains essential information for all travelers who may be planning on camping in Chiang Mai at the designated campgrounds.

Guest Houses

As well as the general listing of guest houses in the Chiang Mai area, we have a detailed list of budget priced hotels that may suit better.


The historic city of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand is well catered for with quality and budget and quality hotel accommodation.


For that little bit extra, you may find that our listed Spa and Resort Hotels in Chiang Mai offer the convenience of many on-site facilities.

Help Guides and Information

Pro Tip: The short video [12:15 seconds] presented by TravelTaskforce contains further information and the prices for ten cheap and luxury hotels in Chiang Mai Thailand.

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