Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is the north's most populous and well-known city. Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lanna, now this cultural epicenter is a haven for artists, restauranteurs and entrepreneurs. Despite the city's growth, tradition remains strong, and festivals, holidays and religious gatherings are celebrated heartily. 


Festival highlights in Chiang Mai include the grand procession of the charming giant Krathong, the religious ceremony and Lanna cultural performances, the spectacular light and sound show on the River Ping, the Queen Nappamas Beauty Pageant and the Lanna Thai candle-lighting market at Tha Pae Gate.

Seasonal Highlights

Seasonal highlights

Quick Reference

  • Time zone

    GMT +7 hours

  • Language(s) spoken


  • Electrical system

    Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through the Concierge.

  • Shopping hours

    Sunday to Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Note: Hours for street shops vary.
    Most stores are open seven days a week, except gold shops. Some stores are closed on Sundays.

  • Working hours

    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

New Year's Day January 1
Makha Bucha Day March 1
Chakri Day April 6
Songkran Festival April 13–15
Labour Day May 1
Visakha Bucha Day May 29
Asahna Bucha Day July 27
H.M. King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday  July 28
Mother's Day August 12
H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day  October 13
Chulalongkorn Day October 23
Father's Day December 5
Constitution Day December 10