The lesser-known city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand is a truly magnificent travel destination. The breathtaking natural beauty, mountainous landscapes and dazzling historic temples that dominate this region offer travellers a glimpse of the relaxed and spiritual side of Thailand’s culture. Many of these historic attractions are in the middle of the city, allowing visitors to combine sightseeing with a trip to the local food market and shopping in the various malls dotted around the city.
The public transport system in Chiang Mai is still at a very basic level, making the public transport options for travelling from Chiang Mai airport to the city centre fairly limited. Getting from Chiang Mai Airport to the City Centre via public transport option involves the use of a bus service named ‘Chiang Mai City Bus’ operated by RTC (Regional transit Cooperation). Route R3 (Red and Yellow lines) travels from the airport to the city centre (‘Old City’) in a loop, in opposite directions. The most convenient and the fastest way to get to the city centre, however, is to take a Chiang Mai airport taxi or private shuttle.Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Chiang Mai at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.