9 days in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Province & Pai Itinerary

9 days in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Province & Pai Itinerary

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Chiang Mai
— 4 nights
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Chiang Rai
— 2 nights
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Mae Fa Luang
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Pai
— 2 nights
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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai

— 4 nights

Rose of the North

Discover the diverse history and culture of northern Thailand during a holiday in Chiang Mai, the largest and most significant city in the region.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and Wat Suan Dok. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham and Wat Lok Molee. Take a break from Chiang Mai with a short trip to Thai Elephant Home in Mae Taeng, about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by The Lost Book Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Rescue Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wat Buppharam.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chiang Mai online trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Chiang Mai is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time to Indochina Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Chiang Mai, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Chiang Rai.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Chiang Rai

— 2 nights
Enjoy a cultural and relaxing vacation in Chiang Rai, the capital city of an eponymous province.
On the 16th (Mon), take a stroll through Ban Karieng Ruammit, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Doi Ngam Muang, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Phrathat Doi Chom Thong, and finally examine the collection at Oub Kham Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): test the waters at Chiang Rai Hot Spring, then don't miss a visit to Wat Phra Singh, and then make a trip to Wat Klang Wiang.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chiang Rai online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chiang Mai in December; daily highs in Chiang Rai reach 31°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mae Fa Luang.

Things to do in Chiang Rai

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Spas

Mae Fa Luang

The green mountains of Mae Fa Luang sit on the Thailand-Myanmar border, in Thailand's far northern reaches.
For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mae Fa Luang trip planner.

Drive from Chiang Rai to Mae Fa Luang in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. You will leave for Pai on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Mae Fa Luang

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Pai

— 2 nights
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.
On the 18th (Wed), head outdoors with Yun Lai Viewpoint. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Klang, contemplate the long history of Wat Sri Don Chai, make a trip to Wat Nam Hoo, then view the masterpieces at Pai Siam Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pai planner.

Getting from Mae Fa Luang to Pai by car takes about 6.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Chiang Mai.

Things to do in Pai

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas · Museums

Chiang Mai

Rose of the North

On the 20th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lanna Traditional House Museum CMU and then relax and rejuvenate at Chiang Mai Women Correctional Institution Vocational Training Center.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Chiang Mai trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Pai to Chiang Mai takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Chiang Mai

Spas · Museums

Chiang Rai Province travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Sacred & Religious Sites
Chiang Rai Province, the northernmost province of Thailand, features rolling hills through agricultural areas where hill tribes can be found growing coconuts, pineapples, coffee, and bananas. Visitors can trace the histories of these tribes through the region's cultural villages as well as ethnographic museums. Buddhist temples dot the changing topography of the region, providing a spiritual center to the rural industry and geographic vastness of the province.