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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. It really is the way to go for a first-timerʻs trip to Thailand!
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.
We recommend booking your transportation to and from Bangkok with our trusted partner, Bookaway. They have several options for getting back and forth and will offer you a transport option with a reputable company!
The Apartment: This gorgeous wooden home is located in a quiet area of Chiang Mai away from the craziness and in an authentic area. The house is 90 square meters and has three spacious bedrooms along with two private outdoor showers. The home is made from beautiful teak wood that dates back to the 1930s. It is surrounded by a lush, 200 square meters garden.
The property is ideal for those looking for a lot of space to meditate, do yoga, or sunbathe. You will have the entire property to yourself.
Key Amenities: air conditioning, wifi, fans, full kitchen, continental breakfast in the mornings, and a pick-up service is available upon request (from airport, train station, and bus station).
The Apartment: This Chiang Mai property is located in a very modern and new building. It is a secured space and you will find a fully-furnished apartment with a living room, dining area, kitchenette, and a large bathroom. In addition, you'll find a king-size bed in the bedroom.
In addition to comfortable living, you will find a rooftop pool, fitness center, and bike renting service.
Key Amenities: air conditioning, wifi, hot tub, free parking, elevator, pool, gym, washer and dryer
The Apartment: This Chiang Mai Airbnb is great value for your money. You will be greeted with a cozy, wooden space that is high-quality at an affordable price. The guesthouse is new and located between the main railway station and the Night Bazaar.
There is a fantastic space for meditation, yoga, or reading that is available to guests. Delicious breakfast is served every morning and the gardens and blossoming trees on the property will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Key Amenities: kitchen and fridge, free parking, hot water, washer (available with a fee), wifi, towels and sheets included. There is no air conditioning.
The Apartment: This Airbnb in Chiang Mai is located near the largest shopping mall in the city and merely 10 minutes away from Thapae Gate. You will find a gorgeous, historical teak home that has been renovated to offer a modern accommodation experience for travelers.
In addition to a wonderful property to stay at, you will have free usage of a scooter for transportation in Chiang Mai and discounts around the city. There is also a free airport pickup from 2pm-11pm. You'll have the entire property to yourself.
The Apartment: This jaw-droppingly beautiful Airbnb is close to Chiang Mai's Old Town and the famous Saturday Walking Street. It has 5 bedrooms and each bedroom has its own bathroom. It can fit up to 9 guests.
The property offers one free pickup from the airport/bus/train station of Chiang Mai. Every morning, guests will be delighted with a complimentary breakfast. The Chiang Mai Airbnb has plenty of quiet nooks and crannies to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.
The Apartment: Just a stone's throw away from Wat Suan Dok and the Chiang Mai Airport, the 'Hipster' townhome is situated in a fantastic location in Chiang Mai.
The townhome is spacious and has 2 floors with multiple air-conditioning units and bathrooms. There is a living room, kitchen, dining room, and washing machine facilities. You will have access to the entire house.
The Apartment: If you're seeking cheap accommodation in Chiang Mai, this is definitely a place to consider. This private room in the HeyHa house is comfortable living at a small cost.
You will have a private bathroom, air conditioner, hot shower, and access to free rental bikes (or motorbike rental). There is a free daily room cleaning service that will help keep your space tidy. The Airbnb in Chiang Mai is located in the city center.
Key Amenities: wifi, free parking, cable TV, washer, air conditioning, laptop working spaces
The Apartment: This traditional 'Sala' (Thai house) is up for rent in the Old Town of Chiang Mai. You will find an entire chalet waiting for you that will be very clean and tidy and you'll have the place to yourself!
It makes for an exceptionally good base to discover the city as it is close to the temples, Sunday Walking Street, museums, and is situated in the heart of the Old Town.
The Apartment: This unique Chiang Mai accommodation is at Leafy Greens and it is an eco-friendly retreat center where people are meant to refresh their souls and mind.
You will live in harmony with nature and the 'mushrooms' are surrounded by greenery and organic gardens. It truly is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy Chiang Mai on a spiritual level. This is a very natural area and if you don't like a lot of greenery, lizards, and small creatures, this is not the place for you.
Key Amenities: wifi (can be slow at times due to the building materials), free parking, laptop-friendly workspace, air conditioning, washer
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:
Megan is a travel blogger and writer with a background in digital marketing. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now splits her time between Frankfurt, Germany and Arctic Finland after also living in Norway, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. She has a passion for winter travel, as well as the Nordic countries, but you can also find her eating her way through Italy, perusing perfume stores in Paris, or taking road trips through the USA. Megan has written for or been featured by National Geographic, Forbes, Lonely Planet, the New York Times, and more. She co-authored Fodor’s Travel ‘Essential Norway’ and has visited 45 US states and 100+ countries.