Chiang Mai International Airport

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Chiang Mai Duty Free ShopsChiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is the obvious airport of choice for those wishing to explore Thailand’s colourful north and its near neighbours. It’s a mere 4km southwest of central Chiang Mai so transport options abound, from a 10 to 15-minute cab ride to a vibrant tuk-tuk or local bus.Chiang Mai International is a key airport for many regional flight companies. These include Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Lao Airlines, One-Two-Go and no-frills carrier AirAsia. In 2011, the airport became a secondary hub for Thai AirAsia. The international airlines that help make up the airport’s 3,000,000 annual passengers include Air Asia, China Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Korean Airlines. Popular flight destinations include Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket and Bangkok. With over 130 Bangkok flights per week, this is one of Thailand’s busiest routes.

The airport has one large low building, decorated with gilded Thai touches. It houses both the Domestic and International terminals, which are clearly demarcated. The passenger areas have money changers; ATM machines; silk, souvenir and handicraft shops; snack bars; and travel agency offices. On the first floor you’ll find a Tour Service Counter for visitors to this culturally diverse destination. On the second floor, Thai Airways’ International Restaurant serves deliciously fresh Thai and European cuisine.

Chiang Mai International Airport has three King Power Duty Free concessions. One is in the International Arrivals hall on the first floor near the baggage claim area. It showcases premium-placed products in the worlds of liquor, tobacco, perfume, cosmetics and packaged luxury foods.

If looking for a gift bottle, max out your duty-free liquor limit with treats from the world’s best-loved brands. Think Chivas Regal, Smirnoff Red Label, Bell’s Scotch Whisky, Bacardi White Rum or Three Barrels Brandy.Take this opportunity to pick up some tax-free tobacco products, too. There are cigarettes from household names like Marlboro, Chesterfield, Dunhill and Kent, and connoisseur’s cigar collections from Arturo Fuente, Henri Wintermans, Davidoff and Zino.

In the International Departures lounge on the second floor are two further King Power concessions. One offers tobacco, liquor, Thai products and imported luxury foods. The larger outlet is a magnet for lovers of handbags, watches, perfumes, cosmetics, souvenirs, accessories and all that sparkles.

Is it time to take the plunge with an ‘investment handbag’? Look no further than Chiang Mai Duty Free, with beautifully soft, handcrafted leather shoulder and handbags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermès.

For a precision timepiece to complement your new wallet or bag, the watch selection at Chiang Mai includes exclusive-to-travel ranges and stylish selections from Rotary, Accurist, GC, Technomarine and Breil. With such great savings on prestige watches, don’t stop at one. Update your casual wear, too, with a funky and fashionable weekend watch from Firetrap, Seksy, Gio Goi, Juicy Couture, G-Shock or Guess.

If heading to sunny climes, complement your watch with some on-trend sunglasses from Arnette, Ben Sherman, 55 DSL, Just Cavalli or Burberry. Add a further touch of class with an exclusive jewellery piece or gift-set from Bvlgari, Fiorelli or Crislu’s stunning micro-pavé collection. Brands like Aeon and Carlo Gioielliere are exclusive to in-flight and travel retail, so you’re sure to be the only beach bunny sporting this season’s designs. For great value costume jewellery, look to the fixed-price gift sets and accessories of Bijoux Terner.

Now it’s time to follow your nose. The great thing about airport fragrance and cosmetics counters is their unique one-off boxed and travel sets. Give in to your daughter’s pleas for the latest hair straightener package from ghd or Tony & Guy, then treat yourself to a sleek new cosmetics compact from Mary Kay, Revlon, Too Faced, BeneFit or La Prairie. On the fragrance front, take your pick from the perfume counter, which reads like a celebrity Who’s Who? There are captivating scents from Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Sebastian, Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Hervé Leger.

There is no question that Thailand’s open-air spice, flower and food markets are the places to go for a hot and bustling Thai experience. But for authentic, quality-driven luxury goods with duty free price tags, keep cool in the air-conditioned comfort of Chiang Mai International Airport’s tax-free stores on your way in or out of the country instead.

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