Chiang Mai has a tropical wet and dry climate, tempered by the low latitude and moderate elevation, with warm to hot weather year-round, though nighttime conditions during the dry season can be cool and are much lower than daytime highs. The weather tends to be anywhere from the low 80's to high 90's from June to August. There is also an average rainfall of 6-9 inches from June to August, with about 15-20 rainy days a month. It is important to consider local weather when packing, but still pack conservative clothing. Service sites and temple visits will require more modest clothing choices - i.e. t-shirts and long shorts (cover knees) or pants.
Suggested Packing List:
- Warm sweatshirt / fleece (December - February - It can get into the 40's at night in the mountains during this time of year)
- Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Rain Coat (during rainy season June - October)
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Gym / sportswear (for hiking)
- Under garments, socks
- Bathing suit
- Shorts (several pairs; no shorter than mid-thigh)
- Jeans / long pants
- One pair of flip flops / sandals / water shoes
- One pair of comfortable close-toed walking shoes for hiking and walking around the city
- Note: Temples typically require shoulders and knees to be covered when entering. Please take this into consideration on days we visit temples.
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Anti-diarrheal medication
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution, if applicable
- Personal toiletries (If you have certain items that you absolutely need, bring enough to last until you return home. Don't forget to bring gender specific products).
- Insect repellent (Note: As this is a tropical country, mosquitoes are abundant throughout the year).
- Books and/or magazines
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Mini-flashlight / headlamp
- Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
- Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal) for day excursions
- One refillable water bottle
- Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars). We provide 3 full meals a day; however, some have particular dietary/health needs.
- Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
- Adapter and converter for your electronic devices
For afternoon at the Elephant Sanctuary:
- Close-toed shoes
- Insect repellent
- Linens / blankets
*Laundry service at the Home Base for an additional charge. We advise that you bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry more than once.
*Voltage in Thailand is 220 volts. Most tablets, computers, and cameras can support this, however, most hair dryers cannot. Please bring a converter if you will be using high-voltage items. Most of the outlets will be the 2-prong, with occasional 3-prong outlets.