If you’re seeking fantastic Chiang Mai accommodation, regardless of your budget, you should definitely look into renting an Airbnb. This guide details some of the best Airbnbs in Chiang Mai, taking all budgets into consideration.
When I visited Chiang Mai, I didn’t realize what my options were and I put myself through a pretty horrid hostel experience. I assumed renting a flat was out of my budget at the time and I didn’t even look into it.
After that hostel experience and detailing with a shared bathroom with a girl leaving massive amounts of hair in the drain (something that makes me gag), I started looking into Airbnbs and I found them surprisingly affordable and with options for all budgets.
These Chiang Mai Airbnbs are suitable for most budgets- ranging from the lower end at about $20 and going all the way up to $300 a night. If you have any questions about this Airbnb Chiang Mai guide, please leave a comment and I’ll reply as soon as I can!
Should You Stay at a Chiang Mai Airbnb?
As I mentioned above, Airbnbs are for everyone. I found Chiang Mai, one of the best places to visit in Thailand, to be the perfect place to affordably slow down and take things at a leisurely pace.
Because of this chilled out vibe, the city definitely lends itself to renting a private space and being able to cook and build a routine, even if just for a week or two.
In addition, there are many incredible ingredients you can get your hands on in Chiang Mai that don’t exist in other places and it is so much fun to cook with them. Well, at least for me. It is such a relief having a kitchen on the road and the opportunity to make something myself without spending an arm and a leg at a restaurant.
Whatever your Chiang Mai itinerary is, there are plenty of rentals to suit your needs and travel style.
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok
There are a few ways to get from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. I actually took the train one way and the bus back. It was purely out of convenience at the time and I found both methods of transportation suitable for my needs.
The train allowed me space, which as a claustrophobic traveler, is everything. The bus was actually far more comfortable and luxurious.
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Quick Chiang Mai Accommodation Facts
Where is the best place to stay in Chiang Mai? We include options spread throughout the entire city, and one property that is rather far away but ideal for larger groups.
Most first time travelers will opt to stay in the Old Town or near the night bazaar. For me, I liked the Riverside area. If you’re looking to party and want to be close to the action, opt for the Nimman area.
How many days do you need in Chiang Mai? To be honest, I liked Chiang Mai more than I had expected I would. I think it was because the city was a refreshing break from Bangkok’s craziness.
I chose to stay there for slightly over a week. I slowed down and was able to breathe again! The city is far more laid back than other large cities in Southeast Asia, so I would decide accordingly. But, I would definitely recommend at least a week there, especially if you decided to rent a Chaing Mai Airbnb.
When is the best time to visit Chiang Mai? The best time to visit Chiang Mai is autumn through spring (October until April). This is when the weather is the best and it is high-season. Yes, things are slightly pricier during this time.
I went to Chiang Mai in July and it was fine but there were a few storms when I was there (but I welcomed the relief from the heat with the exception of the pesky mosquitoes).
Top-Rated Chiang Mai Tours and Activities
Chiang Mai has something to offer every traveler! These following tours, excursions, and activities are highly recommended for those visiting Chiang Mai:
- From Chiang Mai: White Temple and Golden Circle day trip
- Authentic Thai cooking class and farm visit
- 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike
- Chiang Mai temples and culture tour
- Boxing ticket for a Muy Thai match in Chiang Mai
- 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai
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