Chiang Mai International Airport sits barely 15 minutes away from its city centre, and serves as one of the leading gateways into the northern region of its country. With tourism stealthily booming almost all over Thailand, the airport has undeniably enjoyed increasingly levels of passenger traffic especially during recent years. Prominent airlines found to have included Chiang Mai International Airport as part of their extensive flight routes include Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. The airport connects most frequently with Bangkok, the country’s capital city, where flights can be found departing almost every hour throughout the day.
The airport currently comprises two terminals, each exclusively catering to domestic as well as international flights respectively. There are currently ongoing talks considering expansions of both terminals in order to cater to larger magnitudes of traffic. Both terminals are housed under the same structure; making it convenient for passengers to easily switch between both terminals should they be catching a connecting flight elsewhere. Visitors waiting for the arrival of their acquaintance may do so in the roomy meeting point area which is also home to various amenities offered by the airport.
Services and Facilities
At Chiang Mai International Airport, passengers will hardly have time to harbour thoughts of boredom given the endless myriad of amenities and entertainment selections. Decent arrays of retail and dining options await you arrival at the airport; where you can satisfy your taste buds with anything from fast food chains to dine-in restaurants; and appease the inner shopaholic in you craving to splurge on items that have remained at the top of your wish lists long enough. Weary passengers who have just touched down at the airport can also head over to the spa facilities for a quick recharge before embarking on your holiday in Chiang Mai.
The airport is also home to a couple of exclusive lounges operated by Thai Royal Silk Air and Bangkok Airways respectively. Should you be flying via these two airlines, do take a moment to freshen up at the lounge, and indulge in the excellence service as well as luxurious offerings aiming to send you off on your next flight out in peace.
Other general amenities include lost and found services, ATM machines and currency exchange services, VAT refund counter for tourists, luggage storage facilities, emergency medical services, a post office, prayer rooms, smoking rooms, public telephones scattered around the grounds, and most importantly complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the airport premises for up to 2 hours.
Should you find yourself requiring any further assistance, information counters manned by airport offices can be easily located to solve your worries and make your experience at Chiang Mai International Airport a pleasant one.
Airport or nearby transit hotels
Fret not if you are on a layover in Chiang Mai International Airport, for they are plenty of accommodations located within the vicinity. From resorts to serviced apartments, to hotels and even guesthouses, you will be spoiled for choice looking for a place to crash. Simple pick one that is within your budget or for its all-encompassing range of amenities, and allow yourself to be treated like royalty by the warm Thai hospitality without even stepping near the city centre.