Chiang Mai is referred to as Thailand’s “Rose of the North” for its enchanting beauty. It was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and today it has transformed into a cosmopolitan city, similar to Bangkok. The city lies in a valley cocooned by mighty scenic mountains making it a perfect treat for the beholder. It has a thriving art, and cultural scene blended cleverly with modern infrastructure. It’s voted as the second-best city in the world for leisure by a prominent travel publication.
The city is also emerging as a favorite destination for MICE and team building events. It is the central transport hub for northern Thailand and can be easily reached from other destinations via, bus, car, train or plane. The heart of Chiang Mai town bustles with glitzy malls, shops, restaurants and high-end hotels. The perfect mix of all the modern facilities with the mesmerizing surroundings makes it an excellent choice for your corporate team offsite.
“Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you.”- George Whitefield
Nestling colorful hill tribes and misty mountains, Chiang Mai is no less than a paradise for its visitors. It excites the shopping lovers and is a delight for the adventurers. The botanical gardens, aquariums, and zoos attract several leisure travelers every year. The architecture of the Northern Thai temples which are a fusion of the Mon, Lanna and Burmese styles are a feast to the eyes.
The city also receives several business travelers and corporate groups looking to conduct their business or corporate events here. The top-notch facilities combined with astonishing venues make it a sought-after corporate retreat destination. MICE and corporate offsite events have become an industry by itself in Chiang Mai. Consistent efforts are being put in by the authorities to develop the city’s infrastructure to promote it as a major business destination.
In 2012, Chiang Mai hosted around 500 MICE events with over 47,000 business travelers attending it. The city is well-equipped to handle a large number of visitors with over 39,000 elite hotels and resorts to choose from the list. The government of Chiang Mai is promoting it as a MICE city by focussing on the city’s capabilities of combing fun activities with business meetings, conventions, and exhibitions.
There is a wide panorama of venues with state of the art amenities that can accommodate up to 10,000 guests. Almost all four-star and five-star hotels are equipped with facilities to conduct business conferences and can cater to varying group sizes. Stay in the heart of the city or a quiet and relaxing environment surrounded by nature.
“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective.” – Doe Zantamata
If your team is looking for a break and a place to relax and rejuvenate, then head to Chiang Mai. The adventure enthusiasts can trek around the Doi Inthanon- Thailand’s highest mountain which is nearly 8500 feet above sea level. Enjoy unique activities like elephant riding and bamboo rafting. Dine in the authentic Thai restaurants or visit the main shopping centers like the River Market. Nature lovers can go for a stroll amidst the enthralling flora and fauna.
Conduct outdoor team-building activities like Jumbo Cricket in the vast open spaces to improve the coordination and synchronization skills of the team members. Choose from a wide range of other exciting corporate activities to pair your business events with fun and make it a meaningful one.
The Chiang Mai International Airport has good connectivity to other International cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. In addition to that, there are about 45 domestic flights from the city to Bangkok making it very convenient for business travelers. There are also several flights to Phuket and Koh Samui for the ones looking to club two or more destinations for a relaxing post conference break. The Chiang Mai downtown is just 7 km away from the airport and takes less than half-an-hour to reach.
The weather usually is calm and comfortable most year round. The best time to conduct outdoor team activities is from November to February when the weather is the coolest. May to October is the rainy season, but with the fantastic array of corporate venues, you can plan for indoor team building sessions during this time as well.
With the stunning scenic atmosphere, modern amenities and venues; Chiang Mai have something to offer for everyone. It is an amazing place for executive business retreats and team building programs. If you think it’s time for a break and refreshment for your teams, just head on to this awesome destination!