Chiang Mai

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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Chiang Mai

Peak Season: November to January

Prices are higher, but still budget-friendly (you’re in Thailand, after all). Warm days, no rain, and festivals draw crowds so book rooms at least a month in advance. Tip: bring sweaters. Nighttime temperatures drop to the 40s.

Off Season: February to April

It’s too hot to trod the streets (temperatures can hit 100 degrees), but Songkran, the Thai New Year (aka “The Water Festival”) takes place in mid-April. Bargain hunters are in for a treat as prices drop citywide.

Sweet Spot: May to October

Daily showers and impossibly high humidity spell less tourists but more hassle. Still, it's the perfect time to visit waterfalls and go river rafting while the water is high. Plus, hotel rates are low.

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