Chiang Mai is a wonderful destination affording a contrasting corporate experience to the Southern Beaches. Named the Rose of the North” the city is steeped in its Lanna Kingdom history and northern cultural roots. Sitting in a valley surrounded by stunning mountain scenery it captivates visitors of all types and has been voted the world’s NO:2 city by a prominent leisure-travel publication due to its cosmopolitan nature, moderate climate, and thriving arts & culture scene and now the area has also become a favorite destination for international MICE and team building events!
Why Chiang Mai is the perfect incentive team building destination
Chiang Mai is the perfect relaxing corporate retreat destination where the pace of life is less frantic and where top class facilities are always close by. In 2012 the city played host to nearly 500 MICE functions and 47,000 overseas business travelers. With over 33,000 premium-class hotel rooms and wealth of modern business facilities, Chiang Mai is well-equipped to handle high-volumes of visitors and MICE groups of any size as well as fabulous mountain scenery, this area is fantastic for outdoor adventure team building events.
Ideal group size – small to very large
Small to Very Large: Chiang Mai has an excellent choice of meeting rooms and conference venues to select from catering for all group sizes and requirements. There are small board rooms, large conference rooms and ballrooms which can be adjusted to fit group size as well as a large meetings and conferences at the purpose built Chiang Mai International Exhibition and convention center which opened in 2013 where you can organize very large events and exhibitions for up to 10000 participants.
MICE hotels in Chiang Mai (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) and accommodation
Chiang Mai is popular destination for corporate groups looking for a relaxing environment in stunning natural surroundings. Chiang Mai Thailand MICE events have become an industry of their own with the infrastructure being developed to accommodate the needs of these important business occasions. The range of outdoor attractions and relaxed markets and nightlife provide a fantastic ambience for your corporate event and a wonderful selection of team building in Chiang Mai events.
The city has a very good selection of hotels which cater to incentive trip and MICE travelers. Locations range from the quiet and relaxing to the bustle in the heart of the city and accommodation can be arranged for small groups, from 10 rooms all the way up to 383 rooms at Le Meridien Chaing Mai. Large conference and meeting facilities are available in almost every 4 and 5 Star hotel while smaller boardrooms and meeting facilities can be found in many of the hotels making Chiang Mai ideal for a smaller company executive retreat. Hotel prices generally range from 1,300-6500THB/per night/per person, depending upon season and group size. For more information, please click this link to visit our Chiang Mai hotel partner page or click on the individual links below.
Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is well connected with International flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, China, Laos and Myanmar. Additionally, there are over 45 domestic flights per day between Chiang Mai and Bangkok making it easy to connect from long haul flights and Asian indirect routes. Discount airlines including Air Asia, Nok Air and Thai Lion Air offer cheap fares to Chiang Mai for the 1 hour 15 minute flight from Bangkok and Thai Airways has connecting flights from Suvarnbhumi. It is also possible to fly direct to Phuket and Koh Samui for an exciting or relaxing pre or post conference break. The city is only a short distance away and transfer time by road is no more than 30 minutes. Ground transportation can be arranged as part of your Chiang Mai corporate incentive package with Making Teams.
Chiang Mai weather
Chiang Mai’s unique climate is very pleasurable and cooler most of the year. The best time to travel for the coolest weather is from November to February when its most suitable for outdoor team building. From March the temperature rises considerably in the dry hot season leading up to the Songkran festival in April, which is a fabulous time to experience in this city. The rainy (low) season arrives in early May to October where you may experience a heavy shower or two. The low season is particularly recommended for corporate incentive groups looking to receive excellent hotel group prices making it the best time travel to the city. If you are working with a limited budget, consider booking your trip during the low season, when hotels are running special offers and plan indoor team-building sessions in case of poor weather.
Team building activities in Chiang Mai
Making Teams offers 18 team building activities in Chiang Mai so you can easily find activities that best suit your group or we can work with you to customize activities that meet your specific requirements. We give teams the ability to explore Chiang Mai’s stunning natural beauty with our Adventure and Outdoor Team building activities which include exciting options like Amazing Chase and Jungle Adventure. We provide groups with an opportunity to develop new skills and to give back to the community with activities like Environmental CSR and other CSR activities. Top Chef and Cocktail Shakers Thailand are just two of our fun, educational and weatherproof indoor activities. For a group of about 50 people, team building packages run from as low as 500 THB per person for outdoor or indoor activities up to around 3000 THB per person for a full day of Jungle survivor or Outdoor adventure style team building which may feature off-road ATV tracks, mountain biking or zip- lining through the jungle.
Other activities in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai offers something for everyone. Its cooler climate and stunning mountain areas provide a fabulous rural backdrop for your team’s trip. Whether your group’s priorities are international facilities, shopping, relaxed nightlife, superb hotels and amazing restaurants, or they are into trekking, mountain biking, adventure sports, sightseeing and nature, Chiang Mai has it all!
Regardless of which Chiang Mai location you choose for your team; they will be impressed with the variety of options available to them. The city center is a great choice to be close by the main shopping and nightlife, stay on the banks of the river Ping for a wonderful day and night setting or choose to be located outside the city nearer to the cooler mountainous region with iys abundance of flora, fauna, adventure activities and nature. Whichever location you select, Chiang Mai is perfect for an executive corporate retreat and team building program, with some great venues to choose for gala dinners including River Market om the banks of the River ping with traditional Thai food, Khan Khantoke (Northern Thai dinner and dance show) and wonderful top class luxury afforded by Shangri La Dhara Dhevi are some of the most popular dining locations.
The city center is the main heart of the city with modern hotels, restaurants, shops and malls all within a short walking distance. This area comes alive at night with souvenir market areas and street stalls mixing together with restaurants and outdoor dining creating a fantastic yet relaxed atmosphere to enjoy Chiang Mai. Bars and nightclubs are also closely for those looking for late night entertainment. Choose to stay at Le Meridien Chaing Mai with its modern appearance and facilities in the heart of the city or Shangri La Chiang Mai, with its classy Thai resort style feel or choose Empress Chaing Mai for a traditional Thai experience.
The original site of Chiang Mai city, the Old walled structure is unique as it has remained relatively in tact. A series of gates around the city moat, guard and entrances and exits to this historic heart of Chiang Mai, with numerous temples, side streets, monuments, museums and markets, all waiting to be explored. The area between Wat Chedi Luang and 3 Kings monument features on our Amazing Chase event with an observation walk challenge and as clue locations which may feature on our Chiang Mai cultural discovery.
The surrounding hills and beyond are home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. This area is well known for trekking, adventure activities and exotic orchid nurseries. Events including Jungle Adventure, Jungle Survivor and Bamboo raft racing are all possible and Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai offers the perfect executive hideaway experience in this region.
Doi Suthep temple is one the city’s most well-known landmarks. Set high above on a hillside overlooking the city in the valley below, it was built in the Lanna period in 1383 and is home to large golden chedi. Doi Suthep is ideal for our cultural discovery temple quest activity or climbing and counting the never-ending steps to the top and the entrance to the courtyard on the Amazing Chase.
The old Iron bridge is one of the most well-known symbols of Chiang Mai. It is the place where lovers congregate every evening to enjoy a romantic moment under the stars and is a focal point for the Loy Krathong celebrations during November. Located along both sides of the river are restaurants, local shops and markets. Anantara Resort Chaing Mai is located right by the river with fabulous views from the dining terrace, the more modern Holiday Inn Chiang Mai is also close to the river and the chic boutique Sala Chiang Mai offers a more intermate retreat experience.