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About Chiang Mai

       Thailand’s “Rose of the North” is a cultural and natural wonderland with ethnic diversity, a multitude of attractions, and welcoming hospitality.

       Chiang Mai literally means “new city” and has retained the name despite celebrating its 700th anniversary in 1996. King Meng Rai the Great founded the city as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom on Thursday, April 12 1296 around the same time as the establishment of the Sukhothai Kingdom. King Meng Rai even conferred with his friends, King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai and King Ngam Muang of Phayao before choosing the site where the capital of the Lanna Kingdom was to be founded. Henceforth, Chiang Mai not only became the capital and cultural core of the Lanna Kingdom, it was also to be the center of Buddhism in northern Thailand, King Meng Rai himself a very religious leader who even founded many of the city’s temples that remain important to this day.

       Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand where it is possible to experience both historical and modern Thai culture coexisting side by side: the city features centuries-old chedis and temples next to modern convenience stores and boutique hotels. This dichotomy is best appreciated within the moat-encircled old city, which retains much of the fortified wall that once protected the city center as well as the four main gates that provided access to the former Lanna capital city.

Transpotation To Chiang Mai  
By Domestic Airports:

       Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) serves as the primary international airport in Thailand for numerous international airlines, most with direct flights from abroad landing in the Thai capital. However, some chartered flights and international service from nearby Asian nations may land at one of the other, smaller international airports within Thailand, such as Chiang Mai (CNX) too.

       Suvarnabhumi Airport is Thailand's premier international air travel gateway and links all aspects of air travel and ground transport. It also supports the country's travel and tourism development, as befits its auspicious name, "Suvarnabhumi", (Golden Land; pronounced "sue-wanna-poom"), which was bestowed upon it by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
       Airport Rail Link provides train service at the maximum speed of 160 kilometer per hour on an elevated track parallel to the eastern railway, which covers the distance of approximately 28 kilometers, passing through 8 stations; Phyathai Station, Rajprarop Station, Makkasan Station and City Air Terminal, Ramkhamhaeng Station, Hua Mark Station, Thab Chang Station, Lad Krabang Station, and Suvarnabhumi Station. Passengers who wish to travel to Suvarnabhumi Airport have two options of service:
       1. SA Express, a train service that transports passenger from City Air Terminal or Makkasan Station to Suvarnabhumi Airport within 15 minutes without stopping at any station along the way.
       2. City Line, a train service that transports passengers between Phyathai Station and Suvarnabhumi Airport within 30 minutes and stops at every station long the way.

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By Train:

       Thai trains depart throughout the day, though some are express and some make frequent local stops and comprise of only third class seating. Train tickets sell out well in advance for some holidays and weekends, particularly the more limited sleeper cars and the wider, lower bunk, second class sleeper seats. It is advisable to book ahead through an agent, at the station, or from the State Railway of Thailand. 66(0)2-223-7010 or via email at SRT for a 200 baht surcharge. Schedules and available seats are posted on their website:
By Bus & Coach:

       When selecting a bus from Bangkok for a long-distance voyage, note that Thai busses range from the luxurious, towering Super VIP busses to the very colorfully painted express and local busses, which tend to be about the same size as North American school buses. Each different class of Thailand bus provides different levels of comfort, some with no onboard toilet and some with full amenities and reclining seats. Depending on your budget and the length of your trip.

Bangkok Bus Terminals
  • Eastern Bus Terminal:
  Ekkamai Station
Tel: +66 2 391 2504
-> To get to Ekkamai Eastern Bus Terminal take the BTS skytrain to Ekkamai Station on Sukhumvit Road.
  • Central, Northeast, and Northern Bus Terminal:
  Mo Chit Station
Kamphaengphet 2 Road.
Northern Buses: +66 2 936 3660
Northeastern Buses: +66 2 936 0667
Central Buses: +66 2 936 1897
-> To get to Mo Chit Northern/Northeastern Bus Terminal take the BTS skytrain to Mo Chit Station (terminal station). Then you can take a motorbike taxi for about 50 baht to reach the bus station.
  • Southern Bus Terminal:
  Sai Tai Mai Station
Boromratchchonnani Rd, Bangkok
Tel: +66 2 435 1200
-> To get to Sai Tai Mai Southern Bus Terminal you can take bus number 511 from Sukhumvit Road. It may be better to take a taxi as Sai Tai Mai Station is in a difficult location to find on Phutthamonthon Soi 1 in the Taling Chan district.
By Car:

Tourist information

       There are numerous Tourist Information Centers throughout the kingdom that provide maps, brochures, hotel recommendations, and other advice to travelers in nearly all Thailand tourist destinations. Select this link if you wish to get a full list of Tourism Information Centers throughout Thailand. Link
From Chiang Mai International Airport to Conference Venue  

              Not over 100 Baht by taxi, Le Méridien Chiang Mai is seven kilometres from the Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) and just minutes from the city's main railway station as well as the bus terminal (the Chiang Mai Arcade).

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Chiang Mai , Thailand