Chiang Mai, Thailand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Chiang Mai, Thailand? If you're planning to go to Chiang Mai, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Based on the climate and weather in Chiang Mai, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

Important essentials for Chiang Mai, Thailand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chiang Mai, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

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  • A vaccine card protector

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

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  • Hand sanitizer

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General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Chiang Mai, Thailand by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January in this region is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

February

If you are traveling to Chiang Mai in February, you will notice that it is constantly hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

March

If you are traveling to Chiang Mai in March, you will notice that it is a scorcher and very dry. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

April

If you visit Chiang Mai during April, you may notice that it is a scorcher. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

May

In May, Chiang Mai can be very hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (low 30s C) and about half of the time jump into the 90s F (mid 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Chiang Mai, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

June

Traveling to Chiang Mai in June, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

July

If you go to Chiang Mai in July, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

August

If you visit Chiang Mai during August, you may see that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

September

If you vacation in Chiang Mai during September, you might find that it is constantly hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

October

Traveling to Chiang Mai in October, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

November

November is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

December

If you are traveling to Chiang Mai in December, you will notice that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, you will do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you decide to visit Mae Sa Waterfall, prepare to get wet, and take these:

Activities for Chiang Mai, Thailand

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Chiang Mai.

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