The What’s Up Guide to Chiang Mai International Airport [CNX]

Handling in excess of five million passengers annually, Chiang Mai International is one of Thailand’s five busiest airports. The airport was established in the 1920s and carries the IATA code of CNX. It is located conveniently close for travel to central Chiang Mai and is just two kilometres by road from the southwest corner of the Old City moat.

Chiang Mai Airport is a hub facility for airlines including national carrier Thai Airways and Thai AirAsia. It has direct flights from domestic locations such as Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, Phuket, Krabi, Hat Yai and Udon Thani. International carriers like Korean Air, HK Express and SilkAir fly from Asian cities including Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore to Chiang Mai.

The two passenger terminals at Chiang Mai Airport are connected. Domestic is the northernmost of the two. In both terminals, the check-in desks and Arrivals are on the ground floor. The gates for Departures are on the first floor. The terminals offer a full collection of services and facilities.

The What’s Up guide to Chiang Mai Airport has comprehensive information about the amenities. These range from ATMs and currency exchange booths to car rental and a good choice of shopping and dining outlets. We have also included sections on getting to and from the airport and recommended hotels in the local area.

Last Updated: June 2019

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 Currency Exchange Booths and ATMs 
There are plenty of ATMs and currency exchange offices in the terminals of the airport. All the Thai banks have ATMs dotted around the ground floor of the buildings. A group of bureau de change kiosks is located at the south end of the international Arrivals hall.

 Information Centres 
Information offices are located in each terminal in the public area.

 Baggage Wrapping Services 
There is one luggage wrapping and sealing station on the ground floor of each terminal.

 Left Luggage 
There are left luggage lockers in the airport public zone. Opening times are 07:00 to 21:00 daily.

 Lost and Found Centre 
Thai Airways has a lost and found office on the ground floor of international Arrivals. Passengers travelling with other airlines need to contact local staff if they lose their luggage.

 Airline and Other Lounges 
Thai Airways has two lounges at Chiang Mai Airport while Bangkok Airways maintains one. Coral Executive Lounge offers VIP treatment including fast-tracking through immigration checkpoints. There is also a VIP lounge between the two terminals which offers group meeting facilities. The lounges are in the upper floor domestic Departures area.

 Post Office 
The post office at Chiang Mai Airport provides everything from stamps to registered postal services. It also sells postcards and collectors’ stamps. The post office opens every day between 08:30 and 20:00 and is situated on the ground floor of the terminal.

 Emergencies and Medical Service 
The airport first aid clinic is on the first floor of the passenger building and is open from 08:00 to 23:00.

 Spa and Massage 
Three locations in the passenger building provide massage and other wellness treatments for passengers. There is one each in the Departure areas and another in international Arrivals. Charming Do is near the airline passenger lounges on the first floor.

 Re-entry Permit Office 
At Chiang Mai Airport, re-entry permits are only available in the airside international Departures area. There is a small office just before the passport control booths and after the security checkpoints.

 Visa on Arrival 
There are two counters alongside each other in the international Arrivals hall at which travellers can obtain visas on arrival. They are before the passport control desks.

 Smoking Areas 
Smoking zones at the front of the passenger building are signposted and have ashtrays. There is one smoking room in the airside international Departures hall.

 Prayer Rooms 
A room for Buddhist monks to pray in is located on the first floor where the Arrivals and Departures terminals connect. There are also reserved seating areas for monks near departure gates. The prayer room for Muslims is close to the one for Buddhists.

Although shopping opportunities at Chiang Mai Airport are not as diverse as at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the choice of souvenirs available from around 10 outlets will satisfy most. Shops such as Gold Swiss, Happy Gems and Doi Tung sell jewellery and fashion accessories plus all the lacquerware, woodcarvings, silk clothing, Bo Sang fans, toys and dolls Chiang mai is renowned for. King Power Duty Free shops are located in the international airside Arrivals and Departures zones.

Shops are in the public and airside areas of the terminals. Narai Pan is beside the airport post office and sells an exciting range of souvenirs. A couple of outlets sell delicacies in sealed packages. These provide the means for visitors to take the likes of keb moo crispy pork, dried and preserved mangoes, locally grown Arabica coffee beans and Doi Mae Salong tea home with them.

 Other Shops 
A couple of convenience stores and a pharmacy in the public zones of the terminals stock basic medicines, sweets and drinks. Booksmith and Bookazine shops sell Thai and English language books, magazines and newspapers as well as limited selections in other languages.

Khao Soi House is located in the public Departures area and has a good menu featuring Thai signature dishes. Noodle House, Burger King, McDonald’s and Subway Sandwiches all have outlets in the terminals. In the secure airside Departures halls, a Bill Bentley Pub, A Black Canyon Coffee Shop and a small bakery are the main choices.


Chiang Mai Airport and Chiang Mai Old City are so near to each there is not much demand for accommodation nearby. The What’s Up guide to accommodation is linked here and provides our recommendations on where to stay in the city and its surroundings. For those who do want to be near the airport, there are several hotels within a few minutes by taxi. Details about a few of the popular Chiang Mai Airport hotels follow.

 VC@Suanpaak Hotel and Serviced Apartments 
VC@Suanpaak is the nearest accommodation choice to the airport and is located beside Airport Road. This elegant premises comes with a swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Room amenities include large TVs, personal safes, minibars, kettles, verandas and free wireless internet…more info & booking    

  Noble Place 
Another good choice, Noble Place is in a side street about 300 metres from the Airport Plaza shopping and lifestyle mall. The Noble offers a 24/7 reception, shuttle services to and from the airport, massage services, wireless internet, a car park and a dining room for buffet meals. Highlights of the well-appointed rooms are air-conditioning, satellite enabled televisions and minibars…more info & booking    

 Chiang Mai Hipster Mini Hotel 
The Chiang Mai Hipster is a stylish boutique hotel offering budget friendly rooms which are modern and have conveniences such as air-conditioning, cable TVs, refrigerators and wireless internet. Breakfast is included in the room rates and there is a small convenience store onsite. The Hipster enjoys a convenient location just 500 metres south of the airport exit road…more info & booking   

 3B Boutique Bed & Breakfast 
Located on Highway 108 and only five minutes from Chiang Mai Airport, the 3B Boutique is a homely establishment loaded up with facilities. It boasts a coffee-shop, business and massage centres, and bicycle hire. Colourful rooms are the epitome of style and provide air-conditioning, satellite televisions, minibars, wireless internet and even hairdryers…more info & booking    

 B2 Airport Hotel 
The B2 is about 1.5kms from the airport and a short distance from the inner ring road. Economically priced rooms are equipped with all modern conveniences which include media players, cable television, work desks, wireless internet, air-conditioners and minibars…more info & booking    

  TL Residence 
The TL is a 60-room premises one kilometre from the airport. The rooms are clean and nicely furnished with bonuses ranging from minibars to cable television and air-conditioning. There is a public coffee area and the Airport Plaza Mall is within a few minutes’ walk…more info & booking    

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There are two kiosks in the terminals for taxis to Chiang Mai downtown and other locations. These taxis are licensed to operate at the airport. Fares are fixed and passengers know what they will pay when they leave the airport counter. There is a booking office for songthaew shared taxis at the south end of the buildings. Tuktuk drivers are allowed to drop passengers off at the airport, but not to pick up passengers.

 Airport Limousine 
The limousine service booking office is also located on the ground floor of the passenger building. Like taxis, limousine rates are fixed to specific destinations.

 Airport Shuttle Van 
Passenger shuttle vans (minibuses) operate on three routes from the airport. Route A1 goes to Kad Suan Kaew and the Canal Road before terminating at the Green Lake Hotel. A2 buses follow a route taking in Warorot Market, Thapae Road, Loi Kroh Road and the Holiday Inn Hotel. The A3 goes to the Dara Dhevi Hotel and the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium. There is a reservations kiosk in the International Arrivals zone.

Vans on each route run at 30-minute intervals from 07:00 to 21:30 and can accommodate up to 10 passengers. Fares for A1 and A2 services are THB40-60 per person and for the A3 are THB60-80. The vans are available for private hire as well with per vehicle standard rates of THB300 to the city and surrounding areas, and a maximum of THB500 if travelling outside this area.

 Airport City Bus 
The Airport City Link launched in April 2018 and utilises full-size buses on a circular route from Chiang Mai Airport. Buses run in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions on the same route. This takes in key destinations like Nimmanhaemin Road, Kad Suan Kaew, the Three Kings‘ Statue, Thapae Gate, the Night Bazaar, Anusarn Market and Wua Lai Road. Buses depart from a stop at the north end of the terminal and offer a flat fare of THB20 to all stops. The service operates between 06:00 and 23:30 daily with departures every 20 minutes.

 Chiang Mai Municipality Bus 
In addition to the Airport City Link, the airport is served by two other bus operators. The airport is the terminus for Chiang Mai Municipality Route B2 buses to and from Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station. These run at 20-minute intervals on weekdays, reduced to once an hour at the weekend, and between 06:00 and 18:00 every day. Tickets are THB15.

The airport is also a stop for Khwan Wiang Village Route 10 minibuses. These ply a route from Khwan Wiang Village, along Highway 108, stop at the airport and then make a loop around the Old City and on to the Night Bazaar. Departures are half-hourly between 06:00 and 19:00. Fares are a flat THB20 for each passenger.

 Airport Car Rental 
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Sixt and several local suppliers provide car hire at Chiang Mai Airport. 

 Airport Parking 
The car park has spaces for 440 cars. Parking rates are charged by the hour. Daily rates apply to vehicles left in the car park for more than three hours.

Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX): 
#60, Mahidol Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Tel: +66 53 270 222-33 | Map