13 days in Chiang Mai, Pai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

13 days in Chiang Mai, Pai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

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13 days in Chiang Mai, Pai & Chiang Rai Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  12​h
1
Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pai
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Chiang Rai
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Sydney

4
nights
Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai ©
Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Bring the kids along to Chiang Mai Zoo and Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai. Go for a jaunt from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Rescue Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Orthodox Church of St. Vladimir, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chiang Mai online trip itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Chiang Mai is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Sydney to Chiang Mai. Traveling from Sydney in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Chiang Mai, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Pai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tiger Kingdom - Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan ©
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan
Chiang Mai Zoo ©
Chiang Mai Zoo
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

3
nights
Pai

Pai ©
Tourism in Pai has turned the once-quiet mountain village into one of Thailand's busiest rural tourist hubs, for Thai visitors and foreigners alike.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pai: Soppong (Lod Cave & Pang Mapha Viewpoint). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Conserve Natural Forests, take in breathtaking views at Pai Canyon, experience rural life at Love Strawberry Pai, and take in the natural beauty of Pai Hot Springs.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pai travel planning site .

Drive from Chiang Mai to Pai in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Pai sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Pai

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Soppong
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Pai Canyon ©
Pai Canyon
Conserve Natural Forests ©
Conserve Natural Forests
The Land Split Pai Thailand ©
The Land Split Pai Thailand

4
nights
Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai ©
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chiang Rai: Chiang Saen (Golden Triangle Park & 212 House of Opium ( MUSEUM ) พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านฝิ่น) and Doi Tung Royal Villa (in Mae Fa Luang). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Rong Khun, make a trip to Clock Tower Chiang Rai, take in the exciting artwork at De'Cashmere Co.,Ltd, and look for gifts at El Jardin by Dek Ban Suan.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chiang Rai online trip maker .

Drive from Pai to Chiang Rai in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Chiang Rai can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Chiang Saen, Doi Tung Royal Villa
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