Chiang Mai tours and Hilltribe treks
Visit Chiang Mai in the cool season, between November and February, in order to get the best weather for sightseeing and trekking. The temperatures are mild during this time and there isn't as much rainfall. The hot season is from March until June, where temperatures can be really high. Rainy season stretches from May until September, and whereas it may only rain for a few hours each afternoon, this may mean trekking is a little slippery! Visit in April for Songkran, Chiang Mai's biggest festival... and the world's biggest water fight.
You can take a ten-hour overnight bus from Bangkok, which can usually cost around $30-35. Chiang Mai also has a great international airport, so Thailand's southern islands are easily accessible. It's also great to note that Chiang Mai is in really close proximity to Myanmar, which lies west, and Cambodia and Laos to the east. Hello, southeast Asia!