28 things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers

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Chiang Mai is the northern capital of Thailand and is home to some of Thailand’s most beautiful temples but it is also known as the outdoor action capital of Thailand for families.

The close proximity to the northern jungles of Asia makes it perfect for outdoor adrenaline activities and there are so many things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers.

Chiang Mai is 700 km (435 miles) north of the capital Bangkok and has a long history. Founded in 1296 as the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, today it is a place where east meets west, where high rises and temples co-exist.

Table Of Contents
  1. Know before you go. Our top Chiang Mai travel tips
  2. Things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers
  3. Annual events in Chiang Mai are not to be missed
  4. Day trips from Chiang Mai for teenagers
  5. What to eat in Chiang Mai
  6. Frequently Asked Questions about Thailand
  7. Where are the best places to stay in Chiang Mai with teenagers

Know before you go. Our top Chiang Mai travel tips

Travelling to Chiang Mai can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers and having the best place to stay in Chiang Mai and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Chiang Mai to make it complete

Family accommodation in Chiang Mai

The family accommodation in Chiang Mai offers spacious rooms and various amenities to cater to the needs of all guests. You’ll never be short of options for your holiday accommodation in Chiang Mai.

You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families, and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Hotellook and Agoda to find the best prices in Chiang Mai

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai: This luxury hotel offers spacious family suites, a beautiful swimming pool, and multiple dining options. It’s known for its excellent service and serene riverside location.
  • We Breeza Hotel: Located in the heart of the city, this hotel provides family rooms, a lovely pool, and on-site dining. It’s within walking distance of key attractions.
  • Anantara Chiang Mai Resort: Set along the Mae Ping River, this resort features family-friendly suites, a stunning infinity pool, and diverse dining experiences.
  • The Rim Resort: This boutique hotel offers family rooms, a charming pool area, and an on-site restaurant. It’s situated in the Old City, close to cultural sites.
  • Le Meridien Chiang Mai: This modern hotel boasts family suites, a rooftop pool with panoramic views, and multiple dining options. It’s located near the Night Bazaar.
  • Centara Riverside: Offering family rooms, a spacious pool area, and a range of dining choices, this hotel is perfect for families. It’s a short drive from the Old City.
  • Movenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai: This hotel provides family-friendly accommodations, a rooftop pool, and a variety of dining options. It’s near the Night Bazaar

Chiang Mai apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation when you travel with teenagers then an apartment is the best choice for you on your Chiang Mai vacation with teens. For Chiang Mai Search VRBO or check out the map below to find the perfect apartment in Chiang Mai for teenagers on your Chiang Mai vacation with family.

How to get to Chiang Mai

Being the biggest city in the North of Thailand, Chiang Mai is connected by highways from the south and north, long distant buses, trains and planes all bring people daily to the city.

  • Plane: The Chiang Mai International Airport is the fourth-busiest airport in Thailand. Chiang Mai Airport is the major airport in the North of Thailand. Both international and regional budget carriers service the airport. Book your Chiang Mai flights with CheapOair today
    • You can book your transfer from the airport to Chiang Mai Hotels today
      • If your flights have a long stopover, or you just want to relax before your trip you should consider getting a lounge pass with Priority Pass. Priority Pass has access to airport lounges all over the world. Search now for your lounge pass

Buses: Buses arrive in town daily from destinations such as Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Buses from Bangkok take 10 hours while Chiang Rai is 3 hours away. You can book all your Thailand buses with the experts at 12go Asia.

Train: A popular way to get to Chiang Mai is by the overnight sleeper train from Bangkok. The train leaves Bangkok Station in the evening and has you in Chiang Mai mid-morning.  You can search for all Thailand trains with Trip.com

Driving to Chaing Mai from Bangkok or Chiang Rai is easy. There are new highways from each city leading to Chaing Mai. You can pick up a rental car at any major airport in Thailand. Book your rental car in Thailand today

How to get around Chiang Mai

There is a local bus network visitors can use, we recommend that you download the GRAB app and use it to get to all the things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers (Grab is the Asian version of UBER). You will find plenty of Tuk Tuks taxis, just make sure you ask if they turn the meter on, otherwise, you may have a big surprise when you arrive. Kids in Chiang Mai will love a ride in the Tuk Tuk.

Weather in Chiang Mai

Due to the northern location of Chiang Mai, there are three seasons hot, cool and rainy. The cool season lasts from early December to February. This is the most pleasant time to visit with daytime temperatures reaching a maximum of 30°C.

From March till June, the weather is at its blistering hottest with temperatures reaching 40 degrees. If the heat does not kill you the humidity may. The wet season commences in June and continues until late October.

The temperature on average hits 32°c during the day. It rains almost every single day during the rainy season. Chiang Mai weather is certainly not for everyone

Chiang Mai for international visitors

International travel to Chiang Mai requires a bit more thought. You will need travel insurance for sure in Thailand. Medical care is not cheap and if you want good quality care it will cost you a fortune if you don’t have travel insurance.

The official currency of Thailand is The Thai Baht, If you use your bank account from home you will be stung with high transaction fees, while your mobile phone calls will all be charged at an internation rate. These are just some of the things you need to think about,

  • For International travellers, travel insurance is a must get a quote through Insurance Masters and don’t go home with a huge bill for medical expenses.
  • Do you need a visa to visit Chiang Mai? The country of Thailand may require you to have a visa or an ETA (Electronic travel authorisation) to enter the country. You can check and buy these documents at iVisa.
  • Load a Revolut Travel Money card with Thai baht dollars for your visit and save on transaction fees
  • Make phone calls with an international sim card that you can buy before leaving home or buy a voucher for a virtual e-sim for your mobile phone.
  • A 4G pocket Wi-Fi modem is essential for accessing the internet. You can rent a pocket modem that you can pick up at the airport or your hotel, alternatively buy a pocket modem that you can use on all future trips with your phone, tablet or computer.

Things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers

The travel guide recommends exploring the ancient temples, trying traditional Thai cuisine, and visiting the famous Night Bazaar as the best things to do in Chiang Mai.

Now that we have gone through all the family travel essentials for your family holiday to Chiang Mai with teenagers here are all the very best things to do in Chiang Mai for families.

Elephant Nature Park – Chiang Mai family holiday

Located an hour’s drive from Chiang Mai is the Elephant Nature Park and it has to be one of the very best things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers. Elephants are big businesses in Thailand. Just make sure that you research the most ethical adventure your teenagers can have.

An elephant at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Staying the night at Elephant Nature Park is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers
Visiting Elephant Nature Park is one of the best things to do near Chiang Mai

The Elephant Sanctuary has a massive area for the Elephants to roam and interact with each other. There is no Elephant riding allowed, but you are able to feed these majestic beasts while you watch them roam freely. A real treat is to spend the night at Elephant Nature Park with teenagers and help out with the Elephants.

You can read our full review about our visit to Elephant Nature Park with kids here

8 Adventures – fun things to do in Chiang Mai with kids

The 8 Adventures experience is just near the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand. 8 Adventures run ATV tours, White Water Rafting Experience and canoeing tours for the best family vacations with teens in Chiang Mai.

The ATV tour takes you into the mountains of Northern Thailand where you will ride through rivers, up mountains and explore waterfalls.

The White water rafting is a thrill a minute as jump and bump your way down the rapids. 8 Adventures has the highest safety standards; everyone does a full safety briefing before setting off on their designated adventure.

Book your 8 Adventurers ATV experience today before you arrive

a teenage girl on the 8 Adventures atv tour in Chiang Mai
Teens having fun in Chiang Mai

North Gate Night Market

There are numerous things to do in Chiang Mai at night, such as exploring the vibrant Night Bazaar, visiting the famous Wat Phra Singh temple, or enjoying traditional Thai cuisine at the lively Nimmanhaemin Road.

people eating food at the north gate night market in Chiang Mai
Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Located at the North Gate of the Chiang Mai Old Town is the night market. Thailand is all about night markets in every town. In Chiang Mai, there are more than 4 different night markets every night. The North Gate Night Market has a good range of Thai foods at a great price for families in Asia.

You can pick up some great Pad Thai, Satay Sticks, and fresh fruit juices. You can easily feed teens on holiday for 100 baht. There is plenty of seating at this lively night market in the old city where tourists and locals gather. 

Kids activities Chiang Mai – visit the Zoo

There are numerous things to do with kids in Chiang Mai, such as visiting the Chiang Mai Zoo. I was a little torn about this attraction. Straight off the bat, I will say, only visit this Zoo if you have never seen a Giant Panda.

a giant panda in his enclosure at Chiang Mai zoo eating bamboo

The Giant Pandas are in a modern well-maintained air-conditioned enclosure. The Giraffes have an open enclosure where you can feed the bananas.

The zoo has a wide range of animals as expected. Other parts of the zoo raised red flags with us, especially the tiger feeding. The tigers looked drugged and reacted very slowly to the meat being fed to them.

Flight of the Gibbon

Boasting to be Thailand’s number one zipline. Flight of The Gibbon allows teenagers to experience the jungle of Northern Thailand from an elevated view. The Flight of the Gibbon Zipline course is designed in conjunction with the stunning rainforest scenery and produces a fun and adventure experience. Flight of the Gibbon is the longest established Zipline course in Thailand.

Book your thrilling Flight of the Gibbon tickets today before you arrive


Fly in Chiang Mai with teens

50fly is an indoor trampoline park in Chiang Mai. It is a world of fun for teenagers in Chiang Mai. You bounce, jump and do flips and flops. You can play trampoline sports such as volleyball, balloon tag, and basketball. For the more adventurous there is even rock climbing, an obstacle course and a trick pit. If you have younger kids there’s a special play area for them to have fun. Prices are charged by the hour.

Book your trampoline fun at 50FLY today before you arrive

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Ride a Segway – fun things to do in Chiang Mai

There is nothing more fun than zipping around a city on a Segway and this has to be one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers. A Chiang Mai Segway tour is a great opportunity to have fun and learn about the city.

Segway tours are for the whole family, you will be given instructions and a short amount of practice time before you set off on your adventures in Chiang Mai with teenagers.

Game fishing in Chiang Mai

The North of Thailand is not a destination one envisages when thinking of catching big fish. Images of offshore boats and blue waters usually spring to mind. Chiang Mai has positioned itself as a destination for big game fishing by developing a number of businesses that stock lagoons full of monster fish.

fishing in chiang mai north thailand
Best family activities in Thailand

This may be the perfect time for teenagers in Chiang Mai to try something new and exciting like game fishing. Below you will find some options for this experience

  • Dreamlake Fishing – stocked with Giant Siamese carp or Chao Phraya catfish. In addition to a range of imported fish species from around the globe

Book your Big Game family travel fishing experience today before you arrive

Grand Canyon Water Park

The always hot and humid weather in Chiang Mai lends itself to water-based activities. The Chiang Mai Grand Canyon water park is a load of fun for teenagers visiting Northern Thailand. The Grand Canyon offers enough activities to easily fill in a whole day of fun for families, in Thailand.

You can choose from such family fun activities like the 10-meter water slide, jumping into the water off trampolines, try ziplining, wakeboarding, and a floating adventure park.

There are always lifeguards on duty. You can hire a towel and lockers during your stay. The onsite food court will feed the teenagers and keep everyone full of a wide variety of foods. Grand Canyon is one of the best waterparks in Southeast Asia and the best thing to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers.

Book your Grand Canyon Water Park tickets today before you arrive

water slide fun in Chinag Mai

Stand up paddle boarding

If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy the water on your holiday, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) might be just the thing. SUP is a relatively new sport that involves standing on a large, surfboard-like paddleboard and using a long paddle to move through the water.

It can be done in lakes, rivers, and oceans, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. It’s also a great way to explore new areas and see things from a different perspective. In Chiang Mai, you can give it a try with SUP CNX who have you covered for lessons and board hire.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

One of the top things to do in Chiang Mai is visiting the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a sacred temple located on a mountain overlooking the city.

Located on a hill overlooking Chiang Mai is the famous Doi Suthep temple. The temple is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chiang Mai. From the temple, you will get amazing views of the city. You get dropped off just below the temple and have 309 colourful steps to climb to reach the entrance.

The gold-plated Chedi (a mound-like or hemispherical structure containing relics) is the holiest area of the temple grounds. This site is full of pagodas, statues, bells, and even Monks walking around. The temple is said to have been founded in 1383. These are the sort of cultural sites that enrich your travelling with teens experience.


Wat Chedi Luang

One of the top things to do in Chiang Mai is explore the ancient temples scattered throughout the city. Located dead bang in the middle of the city is Wat Chedi Luang. The site covers nearly a whole city block. At its peak in the 14th century, the Chedi at this site measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres.

Thailand’s most sacred religious relic the Emerald Buddha where once stored here. According to ancient legend, the Chedi was erected at the centre of the city to mark the centre of the universe. This temple is huge and sort of reminds you of an Asian pyramid.

temples in the middle of Chinag Mai
There are many beautiful temples in Chiang Mai

Located right next door is Wat Phan Tao, one of the older temples of Chiang Mai. Wat Phan Tao, meaning the temple of a thousand kilns was used to cast Buddha images for other temples most likely the Wat Chedi Luang which is next door. The wooden interior of this temple is quite unique in Thailand.

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Hot air balloon ride in Chiang Mai

Hot Air Balloon flights provide a different perspective on the world below. From high in the sky, everything looks so small and insignificant.

The experience is peaceful and calming, as well as exciting and adventurous. The views are also beautiful and scenic, making the flight all the more worth it. In Chiang Mai, take to the air in an early morning ride that showcases the best of the region from above.

Canoeing at Night in Chiang Mai

Canoeing is a great way to explore nature and get outdoors. It’s a fun, adventurous activity that can be enjoyed on lakes, rivers and rapids. If you’re looking for adventures in Chiang Mai you can’t go past a night tour in the waters that surround the old town. This will make lasting memories on your family vacation in Chiang Mai.

Get a massage in Chiang Mai

There are plenty of options for getting a massage in Thailand. You can go to a traditional massage parlour found on many streets in Chiang Mai. Massage is one of the things that Thailand is known for.

In a traditional Thai massage, the masseuse uses their hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms, and sometimes even their feet to reduce tension in their muscles. A foot massage is one of the most popular types of massage in Thailand and one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers to relax.

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Adventure activities in Chiang Mai – Go Karting

Chiang Mai activities include exploring temples, visiting night markets, and engaging in traditional Thai cooking classes. The next time you’re looking for an indoor activity that is both exciting and challenging, look no further than indoor go-carting!

Indoor go-carting is the perfect activity for groups of friends or family members looking to add a little friendly competition to their day.

With its fast speeds and sharp turns, indoor go-carting is sure to get your heart racing. You can go Karting at GoKart Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Circuit and E-Gokart.

Take a cooking class in Chiang Mai

Some teens cook some teens get served, so why not take a cooking class on your family vacation? Food plays a huge part in the local culture in the places you visit. Is there one meal that you just love? Maybe this is a way to learn how to cook it yourself.

Why not kick-start your kid’s cooking skills with a cooking class? Most places have a mix of traditional cooking and fusion meals available for you to learn during a cooking experience. Search and book your Chiang Mai cooking experience

The most Instagrammable places in Chiang Mai

With Instagram and social media playing an essential part in the lives of teenagers, we have some great places for Instagram photos in Chiang Mai. We recommend visiting Doi Suthep Temple, Elephant Sanctuary, Town Walls and Huay Tung Tao for the best Instagram shots in Chiang Mai.

Alternatively, book yourself, an Instagram tour with a guide who will take you to all the hotspots in the city. Check prices on this Instagram tour in Chiang Mai.

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Professional photoshoot in Chiang Mai

As our kids get older, we spend less and less time with them making family travel memories. One excellent way to capture some of these important family vacation moments is to hire a professional photographer for a few hours to make some lifelong memories for you.

The photographer will supply everything, your family just needs to provide the smiles for your Chiang Mai photoshoot. Book your memory-making shoot today.

Escape Rooms in Chiang Mai

For those new to Escape Rooms, this is a quick run down. An escape room, also known as an escape game, is a physical adventure game in which players solve puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategies to complete the objectives at hand.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. This sort of challenging activity makes fun vacations for teens.

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Cinemas in Chiang Mai

A perennial favourite with teenagers in Chiang Mai whether visiting or residents is the cinema. Chiang Mai like any major city in Thailand has a wide range of cinemas for you to attend. Below you will find a list of the best cinemas in Chiang Mai.

  • Central Festival Mall Cineplex – State-of-the-art Major Cineplex with multi-screen cinemas showing the newest blockbuster movies in both English and Thai. Address: Major Cineplex: Central Festival Mall,#99, M. 4, T. Fah Ham, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000
  • SFX Cinema -The cinema has a luxurious feel and shows the latest English and Thai films. Address: SFX Cinema: Maya Lifestyle Shopping Mall, #55, M. 5, Huay Kaew Rd., T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 

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10 Pin Bowling in Chiang Mai

10 Pin bowling is a great family activity to do with teenagers. There is nothing like a bit of family competition and 10-pin bowling in Chiang Mai is just the thing. Strikes, spares, and gutter balls are all part of the action. To be honest, the weather in Thailand is very hot and indoor activities like bowling are a great option. Find a place to bowl below.

ten pin bowling alley in  chiang mai
Things to do at night in Chiang Mai
  • Lanna Bowling Centre – Sri Poom Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Buddy Bowl – 21 Huay Kaew Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.

Going to the Gym in Chiang Mai

Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling does not mean one needs to stop working out.

In Chiang Mai, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of Gyms in Chiang Mai on the Trainaway Fit website

Bike riding in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai bike riding is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city.

You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a Chiang Mai family vacation 2 wheeled adventure. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.

Book your family fun bike tour in Chiang Mai today


Shopping in Chiang Mai with teenagers

Chiang Mai attractions, such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and the Night Bazaar, draw tourists from all over the world.

Chiang Mai has a great mix of modern shopping experiences in Malls and famous Thailand market scenes. Nonetheless, the Chiang Mai shopping scene has something for the serious shopper all the way to the souvenir shopper.

shopping centre in Chiang Mai
There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Chiang Mai

Wualai Street on the south side of the city near Chiang Mai Gate is well known for the walking market on Saturday evenings. You will find street performers and stalls selling food and handicrafts. Vieng Ping Night Bazaar is situated inside a two-storey building. This night bazaar specialises in locally handcrafted items.

There are 5 major shopping centres in Chaing Mai that combine Western and Eastern shopping. Brands like H&M, Marks and Spencer, McDonald’s and KFC mix with local brands and stores selling everything under the sun. Please find details below

  • Kad Suan Kaew – featuring fashion stores, cinemas, 10-pin bowling and an international food court
  • Maya – 5-story modern shopping centre
  • Centre Festival Shopping Centre – Ice Rink, Imax, designer stores like H&M and a food court with Subway & local food.

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Annual events in Chiang Mai are not to be missed

Chiang Mai, located in northern Thailand, offers many annual events and festivals that are perfect for families to attend. Here are some of the best:

  1. Songkran Festival: Also known as the Thai New Year, Songkran is celebrated in mid-April with water fights and festivities throughout the city.
  2. Loy Krathong Festival: Held in November, this festival involves floating krathongs (small boats made from banana leaves) on waterways to pay respect to the goddess of water.
  3. Chiang Mai Flower Festival: This three-day event takes place in early February and showcases the city’s stunning flowers with parades, exhibitions, and contests.
  4. Yi Peng Festival: Held in November, this festival involves releasing thousands of floating lanterns into the sky to make wishes and pay respect to the Buddha.
  5. Chiang Mai Food Festival: This annual event features a variety of local and international cuisine, as well as cooking demonstrations and competitions.

Families often seek information on what to do in Chiang Mai from the Tourism Thailand website.

Day trips from Chiang Mai for teenagers

One of the most popular day trips from Chiang Mai is to the White Temple near Chiang Rai. The White Temple is a privately owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. It is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular attractions in all of Thailand.

The white palce in Chinag Rai

The site is more than just one temple, there are numerous things to see, including a waterfall and various places of prayer. The real highlight is the bridge and the white temple.

This site with its intricate designs is believed to have cost nearly 2 million Australian dollars to build. You can hire a car and drive the 172 kilometres to the temple, or you can go on an organised tour.

Explore the Sticky Waterfall Chiang Mai

The sticky waterfall in the lush Khaonan Forest Park is about an hour away from Chiang Mai City Center. The term sticky actually refers to the natural phenomenon that occurs when freshwater meets saltwater due to its different densities and chemical compositions.

The water that falls on the rocks at Sticky Waterfall can look like honey if it rains, hence its name sticky water. A one-of-a-kind experience, the limestone walls of this waterfall are truly sticky, letting adventurous swimmers climb right up to its face without slipping. This is one of the best things to do in Chiang Mai with teenagers. Book a trip to Chiang Mai sticky waterfall today.

What to eat in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai has a unique cuisine of its own influenced by its location in the north of the country. You will see food influences from surrounding countries and areas in southern Thailand. Some of the dishes not to be missed in the city include.

  • Khao Soi is one of the most popular dishes to try in Chiang Mai. It is a coconut and curry-flavoured soup filled with yellow egg noodles and chicken, the soup is garnished with crispy fried egg noodles adding multiple texture layers to the dish. Accompanying the dish will be a plate with chopped red onions, pickled green mustard and a wedge of lime.
  • Phad See Ew is made with rice flour noodles, cooked with a local soy sauce and your choice of meat. You will most likely see Phad See Ew served with Chinese kale, and extra vegetables depending on which food cart or restaurant you buy it from.
  • Mango Sticky Rice is one of the best street food deserts you will have anywhere in Thailand. Sweat-boiled sticky rice (different from normal rice) is topped with mango before being sweetened, and condensed coconut milk is drizzled all over the dish. Consider taking a Thai cooking class.

Travel accessories for teenagers

For teenagers, travelling can be a fun and exciting experience. However, there are a few things that they need to take into account in order to make the trip as comfortable and safe as possible. One of these is ensuring that they have the necessary travel accessories.

Frequently Asked Questions about Thailand

Chiang Mai is one of the best family city breaks in Asia and one of the best places to vacation with teenagers. There are so many things to consider when you are planning your family vacation in Thailand. Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about the city to help you make your family vacation to Chiang Mai with teenagers easy and hassle-free.

What is the legal drinking age in Thailand?

18 is the legal drinking age in Thailand

Is Chiang Mai safe for family travel?

Chiang Mai is very safe and more relaxed than say Bangkok. Still, you need to be aware of petty crimes like pickpockets, overpriced tuk-tuks and more.

What type of power sockets are used in Thailand?

For Thailand, there are four associated plug types, types A, B and C. Plug type A is the plug that has two flat parallel pins, plug type B has two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin and plug type C has two round pins. Buy your C-type adaptor here.

How do I call the police in Thailand?

Tourist Police: 1155. Thailand Emergency Services (Fire, Ambulance): 191.

Do people speak English in Chiang Mai?

English proficiency is low among the local population, and English will only get you by for the very bare day-to-day essentials; if you’re worried about being able to understand, buy a Langogo translator.

Can you drink tap water in Chiang Mai?

We don’t recommend that you drink tap water in Thailand. Buy your travelling water bottle with a filter today.

Is tipping required in Chiang Mai?

When dining at smaller, street-side restaurants and cafes in Chiang Mai, leaving behind your small change is sufficient enough as a tip. At higher-end restaurants, a 10% gratuity is standard tipping etiquette.

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Where are the best places to stay in Chiang Mai with teenagers

At the top of the article, we suggested some accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you to find your perfect stay in Chiang Mai.


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We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel inspires you to visit Chiang Mai with teenagers. There are so many things to do with young adults in Chiang Mai that will entertain you for your family’s whole stay in the city. There is no shortage of Chiang Mai things to do.

Travelling with young adults, teens, and tweens has just as many issues as travelling with young children. Choosing the best teenage vacation destinations, working out a budget, what bags and suitcases to take, travel essentials and more can be time-consuming. Planning family travel with teenagers and tweens can be stressful, and finding the best travel tips is essential.

 Our Travel with Teenagers Destination Guides have you covered! With insights from around the globe, these guides will spark inspiration for your next family vacation, making it an epic adventure with your teens.

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