Chiang Mai is the largest city north of Thailand, approximately 700 kilometers from Bangkok. Located along the Ping River, it is the capital city of the Chiang Mai Province, and is sometimes known as Chiangmai or Chiengmai.
The city of Chiang Mai has three airports. The two smaller airstrips, the Ban Thi Airport (Lanna Airfield) and Nok Airfield cater to private and charter flights, and a flying club, while the third and larger Chiang Mai International Airport serves as Northern Thailand’s major gateway, as well as a secondary hub for budget airline, Thai AirAsia.
Chiang Mai International Airport serves more than 3 million passengers each year from more than 10 air carriers that pass through its gates. It is Thailand’s third busiest airport, and in 2010, handled over 15,000 flights from 17 airlines.
Chiang Mai International Airport has two terminals: one for domestic flights, and another for international passengers.
The following airlines plying domestic and international through the Chiang Mai hub include:
Chiang Mai International Airport facilities include information service, tour reservation counters, a currency exchange booth, ATM machines, a first aid station, a lost property department, Duty Free stores, limousine and metered taxi booths, a post office, restaurants and cafes, and a car park with a 447-vehicle capacity.
Chiang Mai is considered one of Thailand’s modern cities, seeing an estimated 5 million visitors per year, approximately 2 million of which are travelers and tourists from other countries. It is the site of the historical May 2006 Chiang Mai Initiative between ASEAN nations, including China, Japan, and South Korea - considered Southeast Asia’s “+3” countries.
An ancient city rich in culture and history, Chiang Mai is frequently featured in travel guides for its ancient moats and pagodas, centuries’ old temples, busy street markets, and inviting coffee shops and guesthouses found on practically every street corner. Offering tourists an authentic experience of provincial Thailand, Chiang Mai is also popular for its mountain national parks, adventure trekking, elephant rides, and shopping.