Where To Stay In Chiang Mai

A Temple in Chiang Mai
A Temple in Chiang Mai

Broadly speaking, there are two main areas in Chiang Mai where tourists would like to stay. One is the Chiang Mai old city and the second is the area around Night Bazaar. Old city is the ancient Chiang Mai, surrounded by a wall and a moat. To enter the old city, you cross one of the bridges constructed over the moat and then go through one of the gates. Inside you find an ancient world of temples that are 100’s of years old. There are also museums, monuments, street shops, restaurants, and massage shops. The second most prominent area, the Night Bazaar, is a daily spectacle of street shopping, entertainment, food & drinks, nightlife, and of course, massage shops. Old city and the Night Bazaar are not that far apart, one can walk from the Night Bazaar to Thaphae Gate (one of the gates in the wall) in 15-20 minutes. So, which area to choose? I guess, the decision will depend on what kind of a trip you are on…
Also read: Chiang Mai Travel Guide

Chiang Mai Hotels For the Solo Male Traveler

As a solo male traveler, you may like to stay near the Night Bazaar. When searching for a hotel in Chiang Mai, search by Night Bazaar, Loi Kroh Road, or Thaphae Road. The road called Loi Kroh Road leads from the Night Bazaar to the moat and it is Chiang Mai’s nightlife street with Pattaya style bars, night clubs, and massage shops. There is one go go bar too called ‘Foxy Lady’ which is perhaps the best in Chiang Mai. There are many hotels in the area surrounding ‘Foxy Lady’ and some are on Loi Kroh Road itself. Thaphae Road is at a walking distance from Night Bazaar and connects to Thaphae Gate. The Night Bazaar area has accommodation of all categories from basic hostels to five star hotels (Le Meridien). Starting price for a double room is 500 THB but a comfortable hotel for two can be booked at around 800 THB per night. Even though Night Bazaar area is more suitable for solo male tourists, it is not to say that family tourists cannot stay in this area. For that matter, solo male tourists can stay in the old city and come to Night Bazaar by walk or on a tuk tuk.

Chiang Mai Hotels For the Family Tourist

If you want to stay away from the lights and sounds of Night Bazaar and do not want to trek through Loi Kroh Road, you may like to choose a hotel in the old city. Here you may find hostels for 300 THB a day and deluxe hotels (Chala Number 6) costing over 3500 THB. The choice is huge. Some booking sites will have filters for “old city” and some others will say “old town”, but it’s all the same. Booking a hotel near Thaphae Gate will have an advantage in terms of walking to Night Bazaar. It is possible to visit Night Bazaar and return to your hotel in the old city after midnight. You may walk or take a tuk tuk. Chiang Mai is safe for tourists and staying in Night Bazaar area or old city does not make a difference in terms of safety. Book a Hotel in Chiang Mai

A minimum stay of 2 days and a maximum of 3-4 days should be enough for Chiang Mai. Try to include a Sunday in your stay so that you can see the Old City Sunday Walking Street and Night Market.

Also read: Chiang Mai Travel Guide

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