So, it has been announced. Chiang Mai opens to fully vaccinated foreign travellers. But not every district and under some conditions. At least we are on the right path. Chiang Mai and its citizens are so dependent on tourism that it needs to get in the game as soon as possible.
Four districts will open. Mueang Chiang Mai is the downtown /central district. Furthermore, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao.
Mueang Chiang Mai
When Chiang Mai opens, its old town has so much to offer. The historical heritage and the temples. Food and weekend markets. We will have to see what happens to the old night market at Chang Klan road. There has been talking of an upgrade of the old market. In Muang Chiang Mai, you find the sprawling and sparkling trendy Nimmanhemin area with coffee shops, bars and restaurants.
The Mae Sa Valley and the playground of Chiang Mai. Mae Sa waterfall, Queen Sirikit Botanical garden, Insect museums. Home to elephant camps and sanctuaries and, of course, Elephant poop making.
Also a scenic and beautiful area by the river Taeng. Mae Taeng has the impressive pan Buddhistic temple Wat Ban Den, the inviting and exciting Bua Tong sticky waterfall and friendly camping sites. It borders the scenic and exciting district of Chiang Dao.
The southern district on the road to Hot is famous for local farm life and Doi Tao lake.
For more details and the conditions for travelling in Chiang Mai, stay updated with the TAT website. It seems that travellers will not be able to roam the Chiang Mai districts freely but need to join specific tour programs.
I have very little information regarding the rules and conditions now, but the hopes are that people, after staying in a Sandbox program in Phuket for a week, might want to go up north to be cultural for a week.
So as earlier mentioned, follow the Tourism Authority of Thailand for updates regarding the opening of other destinations outside Phuket. Hopefully, the whole of the country will be open by January 15th 2022, as earlier announced.