General Info

TRAVEL TO
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND

About Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Province is the hub of Thailand’s northern region, as well as the largest and culturally most important city of the north. It is located in the Valley of Ping River and amidst the highest mountains in the country, which result in low temperatures during the cool season in comparison to other parts of Thailand.

Its abundance of natural resources brings about several spectacular tourist destinations. Chiang Mai offers a rich and indigenous culture with diverse cuisine, handicrafts, festivals and architecture. In addition to its many attractions, it is a vibrant and modern city. You will never get bored when travelling in the province as there is a great diversity of things to do, including a lot of shopping opportunities. Chiang Mai’s unique cuisine as well as international food will satisfy all palates. A wide range of accommodations ranges from simple accommodations to luxurious hotels.

Climate

Chiang Mai’s northern location and moderate elevation results in the city having a more temperate climate than that of much of Central, Eastern and Southern Thailand. Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate, tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round, though nighttime conditions during the dry season can be cool and are much lower than daytime highs.

  • A cool/dry season from October – February
  • A hot season from March – May
  • A wet season from June – November

Emergency Contacts

  • Police – emergencies 191
  • Police – Tourist 1155, 053-278559
  • Fire – 053-241777
  • Rescue Team – 053-218888

Embassies & Consulates

  • Australia, 165 Sirimungklajarn, T. Suthep, A.Muang, +66 53 219 726 or +66 53 400 232 / +66 53 221 083 (fax: +66 53 219 726)
  • Bangladesh, 95 Huay Kaew Rd, T. Suthep, A.Muang +66 53-53 212373 – 4 (fax+66 53-53 223524).
  • Canada, 151 Super Highway, Tambon Tahsala, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50000. Tel: +66 5385-0147 or 5324-2292. Fax: +66 5385-0332. Email: cancon@loxinfo.co.th
  • China, 111 Changlo Rd, Haiya District, +66 53 -276125, 272197, 200424 (admin office) (fax: +66 53-274614) cgprccm@loxinfo.co.th
  • Finland, 104-112 Tha Phae Rd, +66 53-234777.
  • Germany, Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, 199/163 Moo 3, Baan Nai Fun2, Kan Klong Chonpretan Rd, Tambon MaeHia, tel+fax: +66 53-838735.
  • Great Britain, British Consulate, 198 Bumrungraj Rd +66 53-263015 (fax: +66 53-263016) ukconsul@loxinfo.co.th
  • India, 33/1, Thung Hotel Rd, Wat Kate, Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 +66 53-243066 (fax: +66 53-247879)
  • Italy, 19/1 Soi 9 Sirimangkalajarn, T. Suthep, A.Muang, +66 53-212925 (fax: +66 53-224832). [170]
  • Japan, Airport Business Park, 90 Mahidol Rd. T.Haiya, A. Muang +66 53-203367 (fax: +66 53-203373)
  • South Korea, V Group Building, 3rd Floor, 50 Huay Kaew Rd, Tambon Chang Puak, Amphoe Mueang +66 5322-3119 Ext : 206,210 (fax: +66 53-22-5661)
  • Sweden, Svenska Konsulatet i Chiang Mai, 11 Sermsuk Rd, Mengrairasmi, +66 53-220844 (fax: +66 53-210877)
  • USA, U.S. Consulate General, 387 Witchayanon Rd, +66 53-252629 (fax: +66 53-252633)

Travel (including visas) information

Generally, a foreign citizen who wishes to enter the Kingdom of Thailand is required to obtain a visa from a Royal Thai Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate-General. For more information, please see Summary of Countries and Territories entitled for Visa Exemption and Visa on Arrival to Thailand at http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/services/4908/15405-General-information.html

To support for visa application, please kindly contact the Conference Secretariat to issue the official invitation letter from Host Organization.

Weather

The weather in Thailand is classified as hot and humid, with a long monsoon season. Thailand can be divided into three seasons: Summer (roughly March – May), the Rainy Season (roughly June – October) and Winter (roughly November – February).

Please visit Thailand Weather Report www.tmd.go.th for more information.

Language And Communication

While Thai language is the official language of Thailand, English language could also be considered as unofficial second language as it is commonly used in Bangkok and major tourist areas.

Currency

The currency of Thailand is the Thai Baht which comes in both coin and banknote forms. Please check daily exchange rate at www.bot.or.th

Time

Thailand Standard time is GMT+7. Thailand does not observe daylight savings.

Electricity

The standard voltage of power sockets in Thailand is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz, which is a voltage standard for UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa. Visitors from the U.S. and those not on the 220/50 V. should carry a plug-adapter kit.

Tel./Fax: +66(0)23548439