Chiang Mai International Airport
Chiang Mai Airport in the north of Thailand is relatively small, but can be busy at times. The city is a popular destination, for both Thai and foreign tourists. The terminal is divided in a domestic and international terminal.
IATA airport code: CNX
ICAO airport code: VTTC
There's no train connection with Chiang Mai Airport.
Car and bus
Chiang Mai Airport is situated 4 kilometers southwest of the city center. The airport is easily accessible by rental car via the so-called Super Highway (for which you have to pay toll), or via the road from Chiang Mai to Hod.
A bus runs every 20 minutes between Chiang Mai Airport and the city center; costs: 25 baht.
Car rental Chiang Mai Airport
You can find counters of car rental companies in the Arrivals Hall. There are several rental companies present at Chiang Mai Airport, including local providers and international ones such as Avis and Hertz. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
There's a counter in the Arrivals Hall where you can book and pay for a taxi. There are set rates. A taxi ride to Chiang Mai's center costs 120 baht. So-called songtheaws (a sort of truck with in the back a small seat on both sides) and tuk-tuks aren't allowed at the airport, but are available on the public road, past the parking lot.
There's a parking lot with space for approximately 500 cars in front of the terminal. There are no separate short or long-term parking places. You pay 10 baht per hour.
There are no hotels at Chiang Mai Airport. The nearest hotel is 3B Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel (Tel. +66(0)53 279 430). Better accommodation can be found in Chiang Mai's center: Shangri-La Hotel Chiang Mai (Tel. +66(0)53 253 888), The Chedi Chiang Mai (Tel. +66(0)53 253 333), Puripunn Baby Grand Boutique Hotel (Tel. +66(0)53 302 898) and Rachamankha Boutique Hotel (Tel. +66(0)53 904 111). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels, at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Chiang Mai Airport is small and the number of eating and drinking facilities limited: a small restaurant, two coffee shops and some snack counters. The number of shops is also limited: apart from a duty-free shop there are some souvenir shops. Nearby the airport there's a huge shopping center, Airport Plaza.
You cannot deposit baggage at Chiang Mai Airport. For lost-and-found objects you need to turn to the information desk.
You can turn to the Information Counter (Tel. +66(0)53 2702 2100/1) in the central hall for inquiries about Chiang Mai Airport, flight schedules and airport services. There's also a kiosk of the Thai Hotels Association (Tel. +66(0)53) 922 129).
Thai Airways has a VIP lounge at Chiang Mai Airport, but other than that there are no business facilities. For this you need to turn to the larger hotels in the city center, like the Shangri-La Hotel and The Chedi (see Hotels).
Chiang Mai Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators and toilets, and also low-hanging telephones. Parking places have also been reserved for disabled travelers near the terminal entrance.
Exchange offices and ATM's can be found in the central hall. There are also several kiosks and travel agents who organize tours around Chiang Mai and a counter to book hotels. Apart from a small internet café, wireless internet (Wi-Fi) is available to customers of the Black Canyon coffee shop. The First Aid station (Tel. +66(0)53 2702 2220) is located in the Arrivals Hall.