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Car Hire from Chiang Mai Airport

Car Hire at Chiang Mai Airport

This information is correct as of October 2015

Car hire at Chiang Mai Airport gives you the freedom to explore the sprawling city with the added comfort of air-con. Discover a new side to Northern Thailand.

Where to hire a car at Chiang Mai Airport

Hertz, Avis, and Thai Rent a Car all provide car hire from Chiang Mai Airport.

Petrol stations near Chiang Mai Airport

If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.

There is a local petrol station on the road going into the airport. There's also a Shell service station on the main road, a few minutes before you turn off for the airport.

Driving around Chiang Mai Airport

It takes just over 15 minutes to drive to the main highway from the airport. Generally the roads are quite small, and traffic is slow-paced. You need to be very alert and on the lookout for mopeds and motorbikes, as they tend to approach from all directions. Drive defensively: drunk drivers and drivers chatting away on their phones are a common sight. Traffic in Thailand drives on the left, just like in the UK.

Getting to your destination

Chiang Mai

'The Rose of the North' is a laid back city tucked into Northern Thailand's beautiful foothills. Laid back and trendy, it's a favourite destination for young 'flexpats'.

It takes about 20 minutes to drive into downtown Chiang Mai in light traffic. Driving in Chiang Mai can be very chaotic, especially during the morning and evening rush hours. To avoid stressing about finding a parking space, we recommend looking for hotels in Chiang Mai with guest car parks.

Chiang Dao

Towering limestone peaks provide a beautiful backdrop for this peaceful town. It's the perfect base if you fancy a bit of hill trekking, bird watching, or just want to enjoy rural Thailand.

It takes about an hour and 20 minutes to drive to Chiang Dao from Chiang Mai Airport. The town is quite rural, so there are plenty of parking options. If you're staying for a few nights you might want to choose a guest house with a dedicated guest car park.


A hippy-dippy tourist town, Pai has a unique atmosphere thanks to its population of Rastafarians and Muslims. The town gets extremely busy from October to February, so book your hotel early to avoid disappointment.

If you can't find cheap flights to Pai, you can fly to Chiang Mai instead and enjoy a road trip. It takes about three hours to drive to Pai from Chiang Mai Airport. Parking can be a bit tricky during the high season, so book early to ensure you get a hotel with a car park.

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