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Chiang Mai Area in December - is it *really* busy?

  • Katinca

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    Hi :)

    We are interested in travelling to Chiang Mai and then onto Pai at the end of Decemeber and possibly spend Christmas in this region.

    How busy is this region at this time? Are we going to have trouble finding accomodation if we do not book miles ahead.

    - Also which parts of Thailand aren't really busy over Christmas/New Years? We are looking for a place to get away from people and chill out - what places can you suggest? - can be any place, mountains, beach north south... etc. Just needs to be relaxing :D

    Thanks in advance.

    #1 Posted: 16/11/2006 - 17:39

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  • somtam2000

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    Hi K,

    Welcome to Travelfish!

    It will be busy, but unless you've got your heart set on a particular place you shouldn't have a problem finding a room-- both Pai and Chiang Mai have an oversupply of guesthouses (most of which cannot be booked online anyway) so you shouldn't have a problem.

    That said, if you're very particular about staying in a certain place or are looking at mid range to upmarket digs (where you'll often get good discounts online), then by all means book ahead...

    We're seeing a lot of reservations coming back "no rooms available" over the silly season, but that is mainly on Samui and the Krabi area...

    Where isn't busy? Anywhere that you can't book online! ;-) Look into Ko Chang (the other one - off the west coast in Ranong -- sorry not on Travelfish) for a good island hideaway, in the hills try Nan, in the northeast - pretty much anywhere!

    Hope that helps!

    #2 Posted: 16/11/2006 - 20:56

  • Katinca

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    Thanks for the advice.

    We are not of the upmarket type, simple places to sleep and eat are perfect for us.

    I will do some investigating on those recommendations.

    Thanks again. :)

    #3 Posted: 17/11/2006 - 06:49

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