Spend your romantic getaway in Northern Thailand and have a Chiang Mai honeymoon! Chiang Mai is our all-time favourite Thailand city! It’s a charming city that’s rich in culture and history, with many awesome things to do in Chiang Mai for couples. The Chiang Mai night bazaar is full of everything and anything from food to clothing and everything in-between. You can take a Thai cooking class on your Chiang Mai honeymoon or visit an ethical animal sanctuary.
There are just so many awesome things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand, like Muay Thai Boxing, street food tours, exploring the Chiang Mai temples/wats and visiting waterfalls. No matter your personal preference you’re sure to have it covered on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
If you’re looking to party, the nightlife in Chiang Mai is pretty great too, however, it’s not as crazy as Bangkok. We’ve spent about five months living in this epic city with many other digital nomads from around the world and have loved every second of it. If you’re tossing up where to visit in Thailand, be sure to include this beautiful city and have a Chiang Mai honeymoon!
Things To Do In Chiang Mai For Couples
There are so many epic things to do in Chiang Mai on your Thailand honeymoon. Explore the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, visit the Chiang Mai temples or go on an adventure to the Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark. You can find some of the best food in Chiang Mai at the markets or on a street food tour. Visit the oldest public market in Thailand, Talat Warorot or get involved in other Chiang Mai outdoor activities like white water rafting and trekking.
Chiang Mai is the digital nomad capital of the world and is where we called home for a short period of time. We spend our time working online with our travel blog, other online business’ and cryptocurrency, it was a pretty great travel job! No matter how long you stay here or your preference, you’ll discover many awesome things to do in Chiang Mai.
1. Chiang Mai Street Food Tour
If you want to check out the best street food in Chiang Mai, but don’t know where to start or where to look. Definitely opt for a Chiang Mai Street Food Tour on your Chiang Mai honeymoon! This epic Chiang Mai street food tour explores a number of the evening street food markets. You can try the best street food in Chiang Mai, special Northern Thai (Lanna) delicacies and even learn how to order food in Thai. Make sure you are hungry and ready to eat on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. This street food tour is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai Thailand!
2. Chiang Mai ATV Jungle Adventure
If you’re looking for adventure on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, go on an epic Chiang Mai ATV tour. Drive your own quad bike or ride along with your better half on for a day of fun on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. This Chiang Mai ATV tour is led by an experienced off-road ATV guide, who takes you over mountain trails, past scenic Huay Tung Tao Lake and onto jungle paths in the rainforest. It’s one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai especially for couples seeking adventure on their Chiang Mai honeymoon!
3. Chiang Mai Temples
The city of Chiang Mai has an abundance of beautiful and historic Chiang Mai Temples, also known as Buddhist Wats. There are 36 Wats or Chiang Mai Temples within the old city and many more nearby. If you’re looking for cultural things to do in Chiang Mai, take a day tour and discover the beautiful Chiang Mai temples. Make sure you’re dressed modestly if you’re visiting the Chiang Mai Temples, knees and shoulders must be covered. It’s important to respect the locals and their religion while you’re visiting this beautiful country. If you’re strapped for time, we’d recommend a Chiang Mai Temples tour as you can see them all in just a day on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
If you visit any temple make sure it is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the most famous temple in Chiang Mai. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is the most wondrous and holy of all the Chiang Mai Temples. Nestled some 3,500 feet above sea level with a panoramic view of the city and countryside. It’s no wonder it’s one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai! Couples need to include this beautiful temple in their Chiang Mai honeymoon itinerary!
What Are The Best Chiang Mai Temples?
- Phrathat Doi Suthep
- Chedi Luang Varavihara
- Phra Singh
- Chiang Man
- Phan Tao
- Suan Dok
- Sri Suphan
- Chedi Lia
- Jet Yot
4. Traditional Thai Massage
Are you even on your Chiang Mai honeymoon if you don’t get a romantic couples Thai massage? One of the best things to do in Chiang Mai is to relax and unwind with a Thai massage. The whole Thai massage experience is extremely rewarding, it can help energize and assists in relieving many common ailments and helps to attain and regain “balance” in the body’s flow of energy. So if you and your lover are looking to unwind and de-stress following the wedding, have a Thai massage on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. Prices start from 200 Baht an hour per-person, if you’re wanting something a little less basic you will definitely pay more.
5. Wat Tham Chiang Dao Cave
If you’re looking for one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples, check out Chiang Dao Cave. Wat Tham Chiang Dao Cave is home to some of the most spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations in Thailand. This cave system stretches many kilometres deep into the mountains and is home to Tham Suea Dao (Jaguar cave) and Tham Phra Naun (reclining Buddha cave). It’s an impressive cave and a popular activity for couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon.
If time is of the essence on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, opt for a tour that will kill two birds with one stone. There’s an awesome day tour of both Chiang Dao cave and Sticky Waterfall (Bua Tong) if you’re up for it.
6. Sticky Waterfall – Bua Tong Waterfall
Bua Tong Waterfall commonly referred to as ‘Sticky Waterfall’, is one of the most popular things to see in Chiang Mai. The waterfall is not only beautiful but also unique to any other waterfall we’ve encountered. You can climb up Bua Tong waterfall, hence why they call it the Sticky Waterfall! There are five levels of the waterfall for you to climb and explore with your lover on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. Here you can enjoy nature and the lush surrounding scenery!
Perhaps you’d like to do more with your day than just see a waterfall? There’s an awesome tour where you can see the famous Doi Suthep Temple, visit a Karen Long Neck Village, an Orchid Farm and Sticky Bua Tong Waterfalls. If you’re wanting to experience some of the best things to do in Chiang Mai all in one day, definitely check out this tour.
7. Chiang Mai Dinner & Cultural Performance
Enjoy your evening with a Khantoke Dinner and cultural hill-tribe performances on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. You’ll be served in the customary northern Thai style of eating, with large platters of food at low tables on the floor. Those who’re craving culture on their Chiang Mai honeymoon will love this dinner and show combination. It’s one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples and is really affordable too.
8. Chiang Mai Night Safari
At the Chiang Mai Night Safari, you’ll see zoo animals from your open-sided tram on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. The Chiang Mai Night Safari also offers other activities like the Musical Fountain and Water Screen Laser Light Show. This nocturnal zoo is a vocational study centre, building the concept of “environmental forestry and wildlife conservation”. Do some research on the Chiang Mai Night Safari before you go to one of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We haven’t personally been to the Chiang Mai Night Safari due to ethical reasons. Do your research and make your own judgement about this iconic Chiang Mai tourist attraction.
9. White Temple, Black House & Hotspring – Chiang Rai Day Trip
If you’re pushed for time on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, definitely take this awesome day tour! You’ll see the best Chiang Rai attractions in just a day, with this great value for money day trip. Visit the famous White Temple in Chiang Rai, also known as Wat Rong Khun. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of art, designed by artist Chalarmchai Kositpipat who’s famous for his unique and extravagant Buddhism-related paintings. Relax at the Mae Khachan Hotspring and enjoy the surrounding nature on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
We recommend booking your Chiang Rai tour through the ethical travel company Backstreet Academy. They believe that profit-making and social impacts go hand-in-hand. They connect local Thai hosts with tourists creating a positive impact whilst giving travellers an authentic Thai experience. Definitely jump on board this Chiang Rai day tour, it’s one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai for couples.
10. Chiang Mai White Water Rafting
Whitewater rafting at the Maetang River is one of the most adventurous things to do in Chiang Mai. Couples seeking adrenaline filled fun on their Chiang Mai honeymoon will love this awesome outdoor activity! Your Chiang Mai White Water Rafting tour begins at a narrow point on the river before you take on the epic rapids. The level 4 and 5 whitewater rapids are surely going to get the adrenaline pumping on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
11. Grand Canyon Water Park Chiang Mai
12. Eat Khao Soi Khun Yai
If you’re here on your Chiang Mai honeymoon you HAVE to try this incredible northern Thai dish, Khao Soi Khun Yai. It’s without a doubt the best food in Chiang Mai, heck, even in the whole of Thailand. Khao Soi Khun Yai is a yellow coconut curry soup with egg noodles and (usually) chicken, served with pickled cabbage, shallots, lime and deep-fried crispy noodles. If you’re a vegetarian, you don’t have to miss out on the best food in Chiang Mai. Khao Soi Nimman offers the best vegetarian options with egg, tofu or mushroom. We eat or order khao soi from here at least 2-3 times a week… In our Chiang Mai cooking class, we even learnt how to make this epic Thai dish ourselves!
However, if you’re looking for the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai you can find it at the Central Plaza near the Chiang Mai airport. The best food in Chiang Mai is located on the bottom level (G) in the massive food court at Central Plaza. You will see huge pots of Khao Soi Khun Yai stewing away all day, giving you the best flavour. Now we’ve tried our fair share of Khao Soi’s in Chiang Mai and surroundings and nothing beats this one, it is by far the best food in Chiang Mai.
13. Leather Workshop In Chiang Mai
If you’re looking to get creative on your Chiang Mai honeymoon take a leather workshop class! Learn the art of handcrafting leather products, like bags or coin purses. Enjoy designing, cutting, punching holes and stitching it together using special craftsmen stitching.
The best part about the Leather Workshop is that a local guy runs the whole thing, so it’s a really authentic Thai experience. It’s organised the ethical travel company Backstreet Academy who believes that profit-making and social impacts go hand-in-hand. If you’re keen for a crafty day definitely give this workshop a go as it’s one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
14. Chiang Mai Elephant Sanctuary
Visit an Elephant Sanctuary on your Chiang Mai honeymoon! The Elephant Nature Park is a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants in Northern Thailand. Here you’ll get up close and personal with many lovely elephants. You can feed, bathe and have fun with these beautiful creatures on your Chiang Mai honeymoon! Visiting or volunteering at an Elephant Sanctuary is one of the most memorable and simply best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples!
15. Thai Cooking Chiang Mai
Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world, so why not take home a new skill on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. Our Chiang Mai cooking class was an awesome experience, we recommend it to anyone who is on their Chiang Mai honeymoon or Thailand travels. Why not learn to cook some of the best foods in Chiang Mai from a local! You’ll buy fresh ingredients from the local market and learn the process of cooking with these ingredients.
We did our Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai through Backstreet Academy. They connect local Thai hosts with tourists creating a positive impact while giving travellers an authentic Thai experience. It’s one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples who want to learn a new skill that they can take home with them. Definitely opt for an awesome cooking class in Chiang Mai while you’re here.
15. Chiang Mai Yoga Class
Unwind on your Chiang Mai honeymoon with a 60 minute Yoga Class or even a 4-day yoga retreat. De-stress after the craziness of your wedding and recharge your batteries while enjoying your Chiang Mai honeymoon. Relax with zen breathing techniques, help improve your flexibility, maximise muscle relaxation, reduce stress and discover a deeper self-connection. We do couples yoga together every second morning here in Chiang Mai and love it! We can definitely confirm that it’s oe of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples who are looking for spiritual awareness.
16. Hill Tribe Trekking in Chaing Mai – 2 days
Are you looking to venture off the beaten path and get involved in the best Chiang Mai outdoor activities? Definitely try this non-touristic 2-day hill tribe trekking tour. Be amongst nature, bathe with Elephants, go bamboo rafting, frolick in secluded waterfalls and trek to a hill tribe village. This is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples who love nature and adventure on their Chaing Mai honeymoon!
17. Silversmith Workshop
Monks and other novices learn the highly skilled art of silver crafting, to assist with adorning their temples with beautiful patterns to honour their gods. In this workshop, you’ll learn the art of crafting with silver using traditional techniques still used today in temples all around Thailand. A silversmith workshop is one of the best things to do in Thailand for couples who want to learn a new skill and craft their own nickel bracelet. This workshop is organised through the ethical travel company Backstreet Academy. They believe that profit-making and social impacts go hand-in-hand, which is why they connect local hosts with travellers who are looking to learn a new skill. Definitely jump on board and try one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
18. Doi Inthanon National Park – Chiang Mai
About two hours away from the old city of Chiang Mai is the highest peak in Thailand, in Doi Inthanon National Park. This beautiful Chiang Mai National Park is home to lush nature, tranquil waterfalls and is extremely popular among bird watchers. Hiking to Doi Inthanon mountain peak, (some 8514 feet above sea level) is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai. This is one of the best Chiang Mai outdoor activities for couples seeking nature on their Chiang Mai honeymoon.
19. Muay Thai Boxing Match at Thapae Boxing Stadium
Witness an authentic Muay Thai boxing match at Thailand’s first ever Muay Thai stadium in Chiang Mai! It’s one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples wanting a cute date night. Pre-book your tickets to avoid the hassle of lining and secure seats of your choice from Grandstand, Ringside to VIP seats! Are you even on your Chiang Mai honeymoon if you don’t watch a Muay Thai Boxing Match?
20. Chiang Mai Sunrise Balloon Flight and Luxury Spa Day
For couples wanting to go all out on their romantic honeymoon in Chiang Mai, definitely try this awesome sunrise balloon flight and luxury couples day spa. One of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples is watching the sunrise from a hot air balloon overlooking the incredible mountainous scenery of Northern Thailand. You’ll have a stunning birds-eye view for you to enjoy a cold glass of Champagne with your lover.
After your sunrise hot air balloon flight, you can enjoy a delectable international buffet breakfast, before heading to the award-winning Fah Lanna Spa for an afternoon of pampering. You and your lover can relax and unwind with a Siam Massage package on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. A day spa is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples, you’ll even have your own private spa room and ensuite. Enjoy a delicious lunch afterwards with your lover on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
Best Markets In Chiang Mai Thailand
1. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
There are a few different Chaing Mai Bazaars and market locations to choose from; however, the Chaing Mai Night Bazaar is by far one of the most popular things to do in Chiang Mai. Here at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, you can find everything from rip off designer sunglasses and Thailand’s oh so famous elephant pants, to handmade leather products and carved wooden elephants.
2. Sunday Walking Street Chiang Mai
This Chiang Mai Night Bazaar only runs once a week. So If your Chiang Mai honeymoon happens to fall on a Sunday, be sure to check it out. This night market is at Tha Pae Gate and is filled with many treasures and souvenirs. A souvenir is a great way to remind you of your incredible Chiang Mai honeymoon.
3. Wualai Walking Street Market Chiang Mai
The Wualai Walking Street is a smaller version of the Sunday Walking Street market except it’s on a Saturday instead. So if you don’t have the chance to check out the Sunday market, come here for all your Chiang Mai shopping.
4. Talat Warorot Market Chiang Mai
If you’re looking for the best Chiang Mai shopping, you can find everything and anything at Talat Warorot Market. There’s a fresh food section with an array of local produce for you to sample some delicious Northern Thai food on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. Here you can snag cheap clothes, so if your heart is set on buying a pair of elephant pants, this is some of the cheapest Chiang Mai shopping around. If you’re looking for the best market in Chiang Mai, go no further than Talat Wararot Market, Chiang Mai.
5. Kad Suan Kaew Night Market
The Kad Suan Kaew Night Market is famous for their wide variety of cheaps and Thai food. If you’re wanting a good atmosphere for your Chiang Mai honeymoon, you will certainly find it here with awesome live music. Although it’s not the best place for Chiang Mai shopping, the food makes up for it. The only downfall is that Kad Suam Kaew Night Market is only open Thursday to Sunday.
Best Festivals In Chiang Mai Thailand
1. Chiang Mai Lantern Festival – Yee Peng
The Chiang Mai lantern festival, Yee Peng is one of the best festivals in Chiang Mai Thailand. If you’re having your Chiang Mai honeymoon in November you will get to enjoy this epic Thai festival. During the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival, people release floating lanterns into the sky. Releasing these lanterns symbolises letting go of past and any negative things that happened during the previous year. Buddhists believe that if you make a wish and do good deeds, the following year it will come true.
The Yee Peng Lantern Festival is one of the best festivals and things to do in Chiang Mai for couples. The city of Chiang Mai has huge celebrations, with decorations like colourful hanging lanterns and flag decorations all over the city. Couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon can enjoy all the activities associated with the festival like live music and traditional Thai dance shows. The Chiang Mai Lantern Festival happens in mid-November each and every year.
2. Chiang Mai Water Festival – Songkran
Songkran is by far our favourite Chiang Mai festival! Songkran is a nationwide water fight celebrating the Thai Buddhist New Year. This Thai festival is all about having a fresh start for the new year, the water symbolises washing away your sins. This awesome Chiang Mai festival is held between the 13th -15th of April and is one giant party! The atmosphere at Songkran is like no other, it’s by far one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai for couples.
We had an awesome time celebrating Songkran back in 2017 on our Chiang Mai honeymoon! If you plan on arriving in Chiang Mai around Songkran, make sure you’re in an enclosed vehicle (no, a songthaew will not suffice) otherwise you and your belongings will get soaked. Beware of the crazy Thai people who have ice cold buckets of water in the back their trucks, it’s all fun and games until the ice water comes out. Sawadee Pee Mai, (happy new year) and enjoy the Chiang Mai Water Festival!
3. Loy Krathong Festival
Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most romantic Thailand festivals. Couples having their Chiang Mai honeymoon will really enjoy the celebration of Loy Krathong. The Chiang Mai festival takes place on the full moon of the 12th lunar month each and every year when the water tides are at their peak. The Thai people decorate their Kathongs with flowers, banana leaves, candles and incense sticks and float them out rivers, canals or any body of water as an offering. This tradition symbolises letting go of any grudges or anger with this offering to the spirits to forgive their sins.
Best Bars & Nightlife In Chiang Mai
There is so much nightlife in Chiang Mai to suit every honeymooner’s preference. From rave cave nightclubs to chilled reggae spots and rad jazz bars. There are even epic Chiang Mai bars for those wanting to stay away from the whole ‘backpackers scene’.
1. Roots Rock Reggae Bar
If you’re staying in the old city on your Chiang Mai honeymoon and love reggae music, then the Roots Rock Reggae Bar will definitely be your scene. They have awesome live acts that play a range of genres from reggae to roots and rock to ska. Here is some of the best nightlife in Chiang Mai with a diverse crowd of Thai locals, expats and tourists. Drinks are cheap, they play good tunes and always has a wicked atmosphere.
2. John’s Place
John’s Place is home to some of the best nightlife in Chiang Mai with a rad rooftop bar. Couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon will love this wicked place where they can relax, play a game of pool table, enjoy delicious food and sip on cocktails or beer.
3. THC Rooftop Bar
If you’re looking for one of the most popular bars and nightlife in Chiang Mai then check out THC Rooftop Bar. Relax on the floor cushions, listen to the DJ’s epic tunes and make some new friends. THC rooftop bar is quite a popular spot for nightlife in Chiang Mai.
4. Zoe In Yellow
Zoe In Yellow is the go-to place for couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon in search of the full moon party scene. If you’re looking to dance the night away to loud electronic music without needing to hear or, have a conversation with your partner, then this is the place for you. Zoe in Yellow is by far the most popular spot for nightlife in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
7. The Writers’ Club & Wine Bar
Wanting to stay away from the whole ‘backpackers scene’ on your Chiang Mai honeymoon? Then you’ll love The Writers’ Club & Wine Bar, with its laid-back atmosphere and cosy decor, it’s the perfect place to chat and have a gold old conversation. Dabble in delectable food and taste a quality selection of wine on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
Chiang Mai Itinerary
If you’re wondering how many days in Chaing Mai you need, follow our Chiang Mai itinerary for ideas!
What To Do In Chiang Mai In 3 days
Day 1. Chiang Mai Itinerary
- Learn the art of cooking Thai cuisine with a local cooking class.
- Have a romantic couples Thai massage.
- Enjoy the best shopping in Chiang Mai at the Night Bazaar, here you will find many awesome places to eat dinner while listening to live music.
Day 2. Itinerary for Chiang Mai
- Discover the best Chiang Mai temples.
- Spend the afternoon relaxing by your hotel pool.
- Check out a Muay Thai Boxing Match at Thapae Stadium
Day 3. Chiang Mai Itinerary
- Spend the day climbing up the sticky Bau Thong Waterfalls before…
- Discovering spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations at Chiang Dao Cave.
- Go on an outdoor adventure with a Chiang Mai ATV tour.
What To Do In Chiang Mai In 4 days
Day 1. Chiang Mai Itinerary
- Check out the best Chiang Mai temples.
- Relax by your hotel pool.
- Discover the most delicious Chiang Mai street food.
- Listen to live music at Freedom Bar.
Day 2. Itinerary For Chiang Mai
- Hike to Thailands highest peak at Doi Inthanon National Park
- Check out the best shopping in Chiang Mai at the Night Bazaar, here you will find many awesome places to eat dinner while listening to live music.
Day 3. Chiang Mai Itinerary
- Enjoy one of the many Chiang Mai outdoor activities like White Water Rafting.
- Have a romantic evening with a cultural dinner and show.
Day 4. Itinerary For Chiang Mai
- Spend the day checking out the best that Chiang Rai has to offer.
- Visit the Black House, White Temple & Hotsprings.
Chiang Mai Transport
It is easy to navigate your way around the city of Chiang Mai. There are with many transport options, from cars to taxis, tuk-tuks to Songthaews and even scooters or bicycles in Chiang Mai. No matter your transport preference on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, you’ll easily find transport and navigate your way around the city.
How To Get Around Chiang Mai City:
Chiang Mai Airport To Old City
It is super easy to get from Chiang Mai airport to the Old City. You can get a taxi from the airport for 180 bhat, however, there are cheaper options like a Songthaew or Grab car. If you’d prefer to have a hassle-free Chiang Mai honeymoon pre-book your transfer to your Chiang Mai honeymoon hotel.
The most common form of local transport in Chiang Mai is a Songthaew. Songthaews are essentially a pickup truck with two rows of benches in the back. There are different coloured songtaews which indicate direction and routes, however, red Songthaews are the most commonly found colour as they service the downtown Chiang Mai area. Transport in Chaing Mai on a Songthaew costs 20 baht per person. If you are chartering your own private Songthaew (e.g. from the airport), it will cost more.
Getting driven around Chiang Mai in a Tuk-Tuk is a bit of a novelty for couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon. They’re an iconic Thailand mode of transport that is not only unique but also looks super cool. Don’t be fooled by the bright coloured Tuk-Tuks covered in stickers, they actually cost a lot more than most other ways to get around Chiang Mai city.
Chiang Mai Bicycles – Mobike
If you’re wanting to explore the city of Chiang Mai and would rather rent a bicycle instead of a scooter, definitely check out Mobike. Mobike is a smart bike sharing service in the city of Chiang Mai that’s both cheap and convenient. If you want to rent a bicycle through Mobike, just look for an orange bike parked on the side of the road. Download the app, scan your bike, choose your rental option and you’re good to go! If you want to try out Mobike, your first ride is free on us!
Taxis in Chiang Mai
There are many taxis around the old city of Chiang Mai, however, only tourists or couples on their Chiang Mai honeymoon actually use them. Taxis are a little more expensive compared to Grab however, they can be very convenient. Make sure you get a metered taxi and that your driver actually starts the meter when they pick you up.
Grab in Chiang Mai
Grab car is like the Uber of Thailand, except much cheaper! We absolutely love using the Grab app to get around Chiang Mai city. There are so many grab divers in the city of Chiang Mai, so you won’t have to wait long to get a ride. With Grab, you have the option to pay on card, PayPal or with cash which is super convenient. Definitely use Grab on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, here’s up to 100 THB off your first ride with Grab or simply use our referral code ‘GRABHBACKPACKERS’ when downloading the app.
Transport Tips for Chiang Mai
- Agree on a price before getting in or, take a metered Taxi.
- Know the conversion rate from your currency to Thai Baht.
- Have small change for the driver.
- Download Maps.me (offline maps) to track your movements and give directions.
Long Distance Transport From Chiang Mai
There are so many long-distance transport options from Chiang Mai. You can easily get trains, buses, minivans and flights to Chiang Mai. We always book our flights to Chiang Mai with Skyscanner to secure the cheapest price. It’s also possible to travel onwards from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang.
Chiang Mai to Pai
If you’re heading from Chiang Mai to Pai or vice versa, we definitely recommend pre-booking your tickets. Buses from Chiang Mai to Pai run every hour from 9am-5pm and take about 3 hours. Buses do tend to book out during the high season, so pre-book your minivan from Chiang Mai to Pai to avoid disappointment on your Chiang Mai honeymoon.
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
Heading up north on your Chiang Mai honeymoon? If you’re going from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai definitely catch a green bus, they run pretty consistently throughout the day are your cheapest transport option. It takes about 3-4 hours to get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by bus or minivan.
Chiang Mai to Bangkok
There are a few options for transport from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for your honeymoon travels. Our personal preference is a sleeper train, as you get your own bed and can stand up an walk around on this long 12-hour journey. Although the train is a little more expensive than a bus, it’s worth the extra couple of dollars to be more comfortable. We have also caught a bus from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, they are pretty decent although it’s not as comfortable as a sleeper train. Another option for transport from Chiang Mai to Bangkok is flying, you can get flights pretty cheap if you book ahead.
Chiang Mai to Phuket
If you’re heading from Chiang Mai to Phuket, flying is by far your best and easiest option. However, buses from Chiang Mai to Phuket are cheaper, although it takes about 23 hours to get there and only one runs each day. We’d personally opt for a plane if we were travelling from Chiang Mai to Phuket on our honeymoon travels.
Chiang Mai Honeymoon Hotels
There are so many incredible Chaing Mai honeymoon hotels to choose from all around the city. So if you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai, this may help your big decision. From luxury to modern and traditional Thai rooms, there are so many Chiang Mai honeymoon hotels to choose from. The best thing about having a Chiang Mai honeymoon is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have an incredible honeymoon suite at one of the many Chiang Mai honeymoon hotels.
|Le Meridien||East Chiang Mai||$$$$|
|i Lanna House||Old City||$|
|Siripanna Villa Resort||East Chiang Mai||$$$|
|Lana Hotel||South West Chiang Mai||$$|
|Art Mai? Gallery Hotel||Nimmanhaemin||$$$|
|Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa||North East Chiang Mai||$$$$|
|Shangri-La Hotel||East Chiang Mai||$$$$$|
|ISTY Hotel||North Chiang Mai||$$|
|POR Santitham||North Chiang Mai||$|
|Inn Oon Chiang Mai Home||Old City||$|
|Aoi's HomeStay||North Chiang Mai||$|
Best Hotels In Chiang Mai City Center
I Lanna House Chiang Mai
I Lanna House is one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai City Center. Couples will love the awesome central location and well-maintained property. Enjoy a beautiful breakfast in the morning, read a book in the garden area or, go for a dip in the pool on your Chiang Mai honeymoon. I Lanna house is not only one of the best hotels in Chiang Man City Center but, is also super affordable and great value for money.
Inn Oon Chiang Mai Home
One of the best hotels in Chiang Mai city centre is Inn Oon Chiang Mai Home. If you’re wanting to explore the old town on your Chiang Man honeymoon, you’ll be in the best location. This awesome Chiang Man accommodation is like an oasis in the city, with lush gardens and an authentic Thai feel. The owner is so lovely and accommodating, you will definitely feel at home here. If you’re looking for one of the best hotels in Chiang Man city centre that’s also super affordable, check out Inn Oon Chiang Man home.
Cheap Hotels In Chiang Mai For Couples
POR Santitham Chiang Mai
POR Santitham is of the cheap hotels in Chiang Man for couples. This ultra modern, yet affordable Chiang Mai accommodation is located just north of the old city. For couples on a budget Chiang may honeymoon, you will get great value for money staying here. Por Santitham has a lovely little pool, kitchen to cook, free water and snacks throughout the day. If you’re looking for a nice, yet cheap honeymoon hotel in Chiang Mai definitely stay with the Pos Santitham.
Aoi’s Homestay Chiang Mai
Aoi’s Homestay is a great budget Chiang Mai accommodation option for couples wanting to be amongst nature. If you’re wondering where to stay in Chiang Mai that supports a local family, Aoi’s Homestay is for you. They serve a delicious free breakfast daily, offer an airport shuttle and have immaculately kept premises. This is one of the cheap hotels in Chiang Mai as it’s outside the city centre. However, it’s a perfect Chiang Mai honeymoon hotel for couples wanting to do their own thing, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Best Chiang Mai Hotels For Couples
ITSY Hotel Chiang Mai
ISTY Hotel is one of the best Chiang Mai hotels for couples. If you’re looking for Chiang Mai accommodation with a pool, awesome common area and great vibes, definitely check out ITSY hotel. The staff here are so lovely and the rooms are very spacious. It’s got an ultra-modern, industrial feel to the design and is by far one of the best Chiang Man hotels for couples on their honeymoon. The ITSY Hotel offers an incredible free buffet breakfast and is great value for money.
Lanna Hotel Chiang Mai
The Lana Hotel is one of the best Chiang Mai hotels for couples on their honeymoon. This 5-star Chiang Mai hotels such great value for money and is a perfect place for couples. Here at the Lana Hotel, the staff go above and beyond for their guests to make their honeymoon perfect. The rooms are super lovely and modern with comfortable beds. The Lana Hotel is hands down of the most amazing Chiang Man hotels for couples on their honeymoon.
Chiang Mai Hotels 5 Star
Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai
Couples will love the five-star hotels in Chiang Mai especially the Shangri-La. The Shangri-La Hotels are ideal for honeymooners as they have impeccable facilities and deliver a world class service. They will go above and beyond for couples who are celebrating a special occasion, some honeymooners receiving a bottle of Champagne and chocolates on arrival. This Chiang Mai hotel has the best buffet breakfast and even has an airport shuttle. The Shangri-La is by far one of the best Chiang Mai Honeymoon Hotels.
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa Chiang Mai
The Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is one of Chiang Mai’s best 5 star hotels for honeymooners. Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa boasts big and beautiful Thai style room with matching Lanna interior. There’s a free shuttle to Old Town, a beautiful swimming pool and couples day spa. They serve a lovely breakfast at this beautiful Chiang Mai honeymoon hotel. If you’re looking for the most incredible Chiang Mai accommodation on your honeymoon, stay here at the Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa.
Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Out of all the Chiang Mai Hotels 5 Star, Le Meridien is top of the list. It’s conveniently located right next to the night market, close to shops, bars and restaurants. They offer a delicious local and western breakfast suitable for all dietary requirements. The view from Le Meridien’s pool is spectacular, overlooking the city of Chiang Mai. If you’re looking to splurge on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, definitely check out Le Meridien.
Siripanna Villa Resort Chiang Mai
The Siripanna Villa Resort is one of the best Chiang Mai honeymoon hotels. It’s located just 10 minutes from the city and offers a free shuttle bus into town. If you want to wake up in the morning overlooking rice paddies on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, then you’re going to love the Siripanna Villa Resort. The staff here are warm, welcoming and friendly, offering exceptional service. For what you pay its great value for money and a beautiful Chiang Mai honeymoon hotel.
Art Mai? Gallery Hotel Chiang Mai
This awesome 5 star honeymoon hotel Art Mai? Gallery Hotel is beautifully decked out with incredible art. It’s an awesome location near shops and restaurants and posts awesome facilities. Couples will love this Chiang Mai honeymoon hotel especially the modern, artistic designs and decor. If you’re looking for a 5-star hotel that doesn’t break the bank, stay at this incredible Chiang Man honeymoon hotel.
Thailand Visa Information
Majority of nationalities are eligible for a free tourist visa upon arrival. Be sure to check your countries visa requirements prior to arrival at the Thai Embassy’s website. A visa on arrival is free of cost and is valid for 15-30 days. The length of time depends on how you arrive in Thailand and the time of the year you’re visiting. Border crossings generally give you a 15-day visa, whereas international flights give you 30 days for your Thailand honeymoon. To have a hassle free Chiang Mai honeymoon arrange your Thai visa beforehand with Visa HQ.
Thailand Travel Insurance
You’d rather not think about all of the things that might go wrong on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, but these things can and do happen. We like to think of travel insurance as a safety net, as it’s saved our butts big time on more than one occasion. We had our bags stolen, with passports, cameras and a decent chunk of money, and thanks to travel insurance we were able to replace these valuable items.
I fell ill in Cambodia and had to spend a week in the hospital, which racked up a huge debt. Without travel insurance, we would have been in thousands of dollars of debt. It’s not worth the risk to travel without insurance! Keep your mind of ease on your Chiang Mai honeymoon by travelling smarter and safer with World Nomads travel insurance. These guys are the best in the business with affordable coverage for you and your lover on your Thailand honeymoon travels.
Best Time To Visit Chiang Mai
The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between October and April. The weather in Chiang Mai from October to April is ideal, with cooler weather and a light breeze. This is also high season for tourism, so book well ahead if you’re having your Chiang Mai honeymoon around that particular time. Another great time to visit Chiang Mai is during the festivals like Loy Krathong, Yee Peng and Songkran.
Money in Thailand
The local currency in Thailand is Thai Baht, $1 USD = 32 Baht (dependent on the current exchange rate). There are many international ATMs in Thailand however, they charge pretty insane withdrawal fees. Try to avoid all small ATM transactions in Thailand. If you are going to use the ATM, we’d recommend getting the maximum amount of cash out at once.
Bring a decent amount of USD (or whatever your local currency is) and exchange it when you get to Thailand to avoid the gnarly ATM fees. Just be wary of walking around with loads of cash, as you will be a target especially in touristic areas like Khao San Rod. If you need to transfer money internationally, use Transferwise, it’s the fastest and cheapest way to move money around when travelling.
* Usually, if you take your passport into a bank you can get cash out there without a fee (only on credit cards)!
Chiang Mai Honeymoon Budget
Chiang Mai is an affordable honeymoon destination located in the luscious region of Northern Thailand. Unlike the South of Thailand, the north is far cheaper and in our opinion, the people are friendlier. You can definitely blow out and spend loads on your Chiang Mai honeymoon, but overall, it’s a very affordable honeymoon destination. Even if you decide to treat yourself to a luxurious honeymoon, it will cost a fraction of the price compared to most of the western countries.
Budget Room Cost: $20 + USD per night per couple
Local Meal Cost: $2+ USD depending on the restaurant
Long Distance Coach: $8+ USD depending on the distance
Average flight costs: $40 + USD domestic flight
Attractions: Most are free or donation only unless it’s a tour. On the odd occasion, you may have to pay, although it will only be a few dollars or so.
Local Beer: $2.00+
Useful Thai Phrases
Hello – Sà-wàt-dee (khrup/ka)
How are you? – Sà-baai dee mai? (khrup/ka)
See you soon/ Until we meet again – laaeo phohp gan ma (khrup/ka)
Yes – Chai (khrup/ka)
No – Mai (khrup/ka)
Thank you – khop khun (khrup/ka)
Sorry/excuse me – Khor thoad (khrup/ka)
Never mind- Mai pen rai (khrup/ka)
How much? – Nee Tao Rai (khrup/ka)
Where is the restroom?– Hong nam yoo tee nai (khrup/ka)
I need a doctor – dong gaan hai mor maa raak sa (khrup/ka)
Cheers/ For good health – Chock Dee (khrup/ka)
Beer – Bia (khrup/ka)
Khrup – Males add this onto the end of a sentence to show politeness.
Ka – Females add this onto the end of a sentence to show politeness.
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