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Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่) is the hub of Northern Thailand and the Capital City of the Province of this name.
With a population of over 170,000 in the city proper (but more than 1 million in the metropolitan area), it is Thailand's fifth-largest city.
Legal airport taxis charge a flat 160 baht for up to 5 passengers anywhere in the city, except the Arcade Bus Terminal, which costs 200 baht; if you take a metered taxi, the fee will start from 40 baht a 50 baht service fee from the Meter Taxi counter.
The taxis operate from the exit at the north end of the terminal, after baggage claim and/or customs, walk into the reception hall and turn left.
We took bus number 9 (runs from am) to town for only 20 baht.
Have your hotel address at hand or even better a map (aka a screenshot) where the hotel is clearly marked and show it to the bus attendant. (September 2016) Alternatively, take bus #4 to the city center for 15 baht, or charter a tuk-tuk or songthaew for 50-60 baht per person.
Thai Airways flies daily almost every hour, with additional flights in the peak tourist season.
There are currently (Sep, 2016) 15 different airlines that fly into and out of CNX (with a 16th, Thai Viet Jet beginning operations later in Sept, 2016), including: The airport is some 3 km southwest of the city center, only 10-15 minutes away by car.
Inside Chiang Mai's remaining city walls are more than 30 temples dating back to the founding of the principality, in a combination of Burmese, Sri Lankan and Lanna Thai styles, decorated with beautiful wood carvings, Naga staircases, leonine and angelic guardians, gilded umbrellas and pagodas laced with gold filigree.
Of course this is touristic nonsense, but the Kao Soi, Bo Sang umbrellas, and Doi Suthep are important cultural icons for Chiang Mai residents.
Ratchiangsaen Rd hosts the main Sunday night walking street market from Tha Phae Gate to the popular Wat Phra Singh.
However, note that it can be hot in the cool season (during the day), wet in the cool/dry season (though days go by without rain, it is not unheard of), and dry (and hot) in the wet season.
One nice thing about the wet season is that the prevalence of clouds can moderate the heat.