How to go on a 4D3N Holiday to Chiang Mai, Thailand for $740

Expat life
22 Feb 2023
7 mins read
Written by Team Instarem

Looking for an amazing vacation destination that won’t break the bank? Look no further than Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city located in the mountainous region of Thailand. The weather is cool and pleasant all year-round, making it the perfect destination for a summer getaway.

You can have a 4D3N holiday in this beautiful city for just $740.

This blog post will tell you what to do in Chiang Mai in 4 days and how to make the most of your visit and enjoy everything Chiang Mai has to offer! 

Budget for a 4D3N Chiang Mai trip (from Singapore)

ExpensePrice (SGD)
Return Airfare from Singapore to Chiang Mai$280
Sightseeing/entertainment/ shopping$100
Grand total$740

Chiang Mai weather

For those of you who are planning a trip to Chiang Mai, you may be wondering what the weather is like. Chiang Mai is located in northern Thailand, and the climate is tropical. That means that it is hot and humid all year round.

The average temperature is around 32 degrees Celsius, with highs of up to 40 degrees Celsius in the summer months. Chiang Mai also experiences a lot of rainfall, so pack your umbrella!

The best time to visit is usually between October and February, when the weather is cooler and there’s less chance of rain. If you are wondering about the time in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai is in the GMT+7 time zone, so you’ll need to adjust your clocks accordingly.

Flights from Singapore to Chiang Mai

There are direct flights from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand, which take about 3 hours or so.

Everyone loves a good deal, and when it comes to airfare, we are always on the lookout for the cheapest option.

So it’s no surprise that many of us have been taking advantage of the direct flights from Singapore to Chiang Mai. After all, who doesn’t love a city break?

The flight takes only about 3 hours from Singapore and the average price for a flight is SGD210 – SGD350. However, cheaper flights do require a stopover in Kuala Lumpur or Bangkok.

The best time to book your flight is about 3 months in advance, as prices tend to go up closer to the date.

Estimated budget: SGD280

Accommodation in Chiang Mai

Are you looking for a place to stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand?

There are many accommodation options available in Chiang Mai, depending on your budget.

If you want to enjoy a luxurious stay, consider hotels and resorts like Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. Prices can cost more than SGD650 per night. However, if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, there are also bed nimman hotel Chiang Mai or U Chiang Mai hotel at a much cheaper rate, prices starting from SGD52 per night.

Just bear in mind that hotels that are nearer to the airport can get pretty noisy. So if you’re looking to enjoy a peaceful and quiet stay, it’s best to avoid those areas.

Alternatively, you can choose your hotel based on its location such as Chiang Mai hotel near the night market.

Estimated budget: SGD180 per pax for 3 nights

How to get around Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is a beautiful city in Northern Thailand that is full of temples, delicious food, and friendly people. The best way to explore the city is by foot or by bicycle.

However, if you want to go further afield, there are a few options for getting around. You can rent a motorbike or a car for about 200 THB per day if you have the relevant licenses.

Alternatively, you can use the Grab app to book a songthaew (a red truck with two benches that acts as a shared taxi).

Just tell the driver where you want to go and they will drop you off at your destination. If you are not comfortable using Grab, you can ask your hotel to call a taxi for you.

This way you can call the driver directly when you are ready to be picked up. Whichever way you choose to get around, Chiang Mai is sure to delight and surprise you.

Estimated budget: 800 baht / SGD30 for 3 days

Top things to do in Chiang Mai

Now that we got all the basics out of the way, you might be thinking “where to go in Chiang Mai?”

Chiang Mai night markets are a must-visit for any traveler to Thailand. These open-air markets are crammed full of stalls selling everything from souvenirs to street food. The atmosphere is electric, and the bargaining is fierce.

But if you want to experience the true chaos of a Chiang Mai night market, there’s only one place to go: the famous Walking Street Market. This market is located in the heart of the old city, and it’s absolutely packed with people. It can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s also a lot of fun. Just be prepared to haggle!

No trip to Chiang Mai would be complete without a visit to the old city and its many temples. Examples of temples in Chiang Mai are Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang.

Let’s not forget the elephants! Chiang Mai is home to several elephant sanctuaries and rescue parks, so if you love these gentle giants, be sure to add this stop to your itinerary. Prices are between 2,500 THB to 3,500 THB.

And for nature lovers, we recommend hiking in Doi Suthep Pui National Park or taking a bike tour through the rice paddies.

Where to eat in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is a foodie paradise, with an abundance of delicious local dishes to choose from.

Here are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes you’ll find in this Thai city:

  1. Khao soi: This dish is made with egg noodles, chicken, and a coconut milk-based soup. It’s usually served with a side of pickled cabbage and shallots, and it’s absolutely delicious.
  2. Nam prik noom: This dish is a type of chili paste that’s often served with vegetables or rice. It’s got a bit of a kick to it, but it’s oh-so-flavorful.
  3. Gaeng hang lay: This is a type of curry that’s made with pork belly and a variety of different spices. It’s usually served over rice, and it’s absolutely heavenly.
  4. Khanom jeen nam ngiao: This dish is made with rice noodles, tomatoes, and curry paste. It’s a bit spicy, but it’s oh-so-delicious.
  5. Sai oua: This dish is made with minced pork, herbs, and spices. It’s often served with steamed rice or noodles, and it’s simply irresistible.

For the adventurous soul, you can try out the food at the night market. From skewers of grilled meats to deep-fried snacks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Tired from walking around? Take a break at a cafe. Chiang Mai has no shortage of great cafes, so you’ll never find yourself without a place to get your caffeine fix. Some of Google’s highly-rated cafes are:

Budget: 300 baht per day / SGD 12

So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets to Chiang Mai now and start planning your perfect vacation!

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