For any of WAZA participants who want to join SEAZA 2018 in Chiang Mai, it is very convenience now to get there. Known as the Rose of the North, the city of Chiang Mai offers a very different experience to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. While it is Thailand’s fifth largest city it’s considerably smaller than Bangkok and has a far more relaxed and laid back atmosphere. Rich in history, and surrounded by mountains, Chiang Mai is scenic and culturally important, and we highly recommend a visit. It is 700 kilometres (435 miles) north of Bangkok and there are several options for travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the most recommended one is to fly there.
A direct flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai normally takes around 60 to 70 minutes. Air fares do vary considerably, so spend a little time researching the different airlines and the best times to travel on flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. Tickets will vary due to seasons, and you can get some great deals that will bring the cost down too. Expect the cheapest flights with promotions to cost around 1,000 baht on low cost airlines, all the way up to 5,000 baht and beyond for the most expensive flights. The prices varies greatly depending on public holidays like Songkran (Thai new year), Chinese New Year or high tourist season in general. Book your ticket as far in advance as possible for the best deals, and expect to pay a large premium if booking only a few days in advance.
You might also want to consider which airport in Bangkok the airlines use when choosing who to fly with. Most airlines flying between Bangkok and Chiang Mai are low cost airlines operating from Don Muang International Airport. These airlines are Air Asia, Thai Lion Air and Nok Air. Air Asia have 12 flights daily to Chiang Mai, Lion Air has 11, Nok Air has 9 at this date (November 2016). In the last few years the traffic have increased greatly from Don Muang International Airport to Chiang Mai.
Thai Airways together with its low cost airline Thai Smile Airways operate their Bangkok flights to Chiang Mai from both Don Muang International Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. So be a bit careful and check your tickets so that you arrive at the correct airport. At this date November 2016 Thai Smile has 4 daily flights from Don Muang Airport to Chiang Mai and 5 from Suvarnabhumi Aiport to Chiang Mai.
Lastly Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways are using Suvarnabhumi Aiport. In November 2016 Bangkok Airways has 6 daily flights to Chiang Mai and Thai Airways has 10 daily flights from Suvarnabhumi Aiport to Chiang Mai.
In Chiang Mai you’ll be arriving at Chiang Mai International Airport which is just a short 10 to 15 minute drive outside the city centre. You can get into the city by taxi – the legal taxis charge a fixed 150 baht fee for up to 5 passengers (so consider ride sharing with fellow passengers!), and that will take you anywhere in the city. Metered taxis are cheaper, and the public bus (bus number 4) is cheaper still. If you arrange your accommodation in advance you may be able to have your hotel or guesthouse come and pick you up from the airport for free, or for a low price.
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