Visit popular Chiang Mai, known as the ‘Rose of the North’, in Northern Thailand. Hire a rental car and explore the city, ancient temples and surrounding mountain areas.
Chiang Mai has something to suit every taste, including adventure sports, animal sanctuaries, a vibrant nightlife and amazing food. A trip to Chiang Mai wouldn't be complete without trying a bowl of Koi Soi, the dish of Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is a shoppers paradise with a variety of markets to visit and high-quality silver, silk and other handicrafts.
Renting a car from Chiang Mai International Airport
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Chiang Mai International Airport
Chiang Mai has one airport located a short distance from the downtown area. The transport facility operates both domestic and international flights and is a major gateway to Northern Thailand. There are regular flights to other popular Thai destinations including Bangkok, Pattaya and Surat Thani.
The airport has one terminal and a small selection of amenities and facilities. For a bite to eat, there are a number of cafes, restaurants and food outlets. You will also find travel agents, tourist information, ATMs and currency exchange. For some retail therapy, there are several shops offering silk, handicrafts and souvenirs. There is also a pharmacy, bookstore and free WiFi (2-hour limit).
The car rental offices are easy to find and are located on the ground floor in the arrivals hall.
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Tips for driving a car hire in Chiang Mai
Follow these tips for an enjoyable and safe driving experience in Chiang Mai.
Driving your car rental in Chiang Mai
There is a lot of traffic congestion around the old town, particularly during morning and afternoon rush hours. Avoid driving during these times if possible. You will find a lot of one-way streets in the city making it difficult to reach some destinations without driving around in circles.
Driving from Chiang Mai International Airport to the city
From the airport to the city centre is a 15 to 20-minute drive. Simply exit the airport onto Route 1141 North and follow this road to the city centre.
Driving tips for Thailand rental car
• Drive on the left-hand side of the road.
• Thai drivers are generally polite and courteous.
• Be cautious of motorcycle riders who often overtake on both the left and right sides.
• Carry all documents including valid driver's license and passport.
Parking at Chiang Mai International Airport and in the city
There is plenty of onsite parking available at Chiang Mai airport with nearly 400 spaces.
On-street parking can be difficult to find in busy Chiang Mai. Most hotels offer free off-street parking.
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