CM Activities & Sights

Activities To Do In & Around Chiang Mai

 Google Map Note: On each map, you’ll notice a GREEN ARROW.  That IS the location, not the letter (A, B, C) that Google places nearby.

Swimming Outdoors:

Huay Tung Tao Lake, just north of the city (about 10 KM) off of the Canal Road (121). Entrance fee: 20 Baht.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.866047,98.944927

 

Mae Ngat Lake & Dam is a great place to chill out, swim, eat at one of the little restaurants lining one area, or even stay overnight on a house boat. Swimming is okay, but the water is not too clear.  It takes about an hour by car to get there. A long boat taxi will cost 500 baht (return), so it’s best to go with a small group.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=19.174579,99.031704

 

The Rock Quarry, Hangdong

Located about 15 KM south of Chiang Mai from Suthep Road and Canal road (Hwy 121), this non-touristic place is known by locals as stunning and picturesque with 2-15 meter cliff jumps and very clean, warm, emerald green or blue swimming water.

1. From Suthep Rd. in Chiang Mai, head south on Canal Rd. (Hwy 121) for 13.9 KM (about 10 minutes past Hang Dong and 1 KM past the Hangdong Golf Course sign.)

2. Turn Right (west) on a small bridge for 1 KM (just after the gas station.) Follow the road and be sure to take the left fork.

3. Then, make two quick lefts after 70 meters each.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=18.699972,98.892344

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2zek3j25Lc (Bird’s Eye View Video)

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Listed below Trip Advisor has a rather comprehensive list of activities in Chiang Mai.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g293917-Activities-c45-Chiang_Mai.html

 

Op Khan National Park Swimming

You can park your motorbike at the signed parking, then walk about 10 minutes through the jungle. There’s even a small sandy area there.

 

 

 

Parks – In Chiang Mai City

Suan Buak Haad Park, The very southwest corner of the moat/old city.

This a beautiful, inner-city park where many locals go to walk, run, have a picnic, or chill out and feed the fish and birds. They even have aerobics workouts almost every day around 5:30 PM. It can be a bit noisy because it’s next to the road, but it’s still a peaceful setting.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.781725,98.979456

 

Uniserv Exercise Park, Off of Nimmanhaemin Road, just south of soi 17

Locals go here to walk and run around this small, but nice path nestled in the trees and next to a small pond.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.793652,98.965978

 

700 Year Stadium, North of Chiang Mai, just off of the Canal Road.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.840207,98.964821

 

Ratchapat University Fitness Park, Off of Changpuak Road, from the north gate.

This is a full-size track at the university where locals run, walk, and play various sports. There is also mechanical-based exercise equipment free for anyone’s use. No fee.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.799479,98.98996

 

 

Wats to See? Wat’s not to see?

With more than 300 temples in and around Chiang Mai, more than any other city in Thailand per capita, here are some I suggest for architecture, character, and general interest.

Wat Phra Singh – at the end of Rachadamnoen RoadSingharat Road, one of the largest and located in the inner city on the west side.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.788541,98.982454

 

Wat Doi Suthep – the famous, very touristy Wat on the mountain, but still a great Wat to see. Song taews (red baht bus/trucks) go there from Huay Kaew road near the zoo, among from other places. Or, go on an adventure and just rent a scooter/motorcycle and have fun riding up there.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.804004,98.920017

 

Wat U Mong – located off of Suthep Road near Chiang Mai University, this Wat has tunnels and a small lake where you can sit and relax, and feed the fish, birds, and turtles.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.783741,98.953717

 

Wat Jed Yod – an oldy, but a goody.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.808272,98.971307

 

Wat Chedi Luang – despite this being one of the largest and most touristic temples in Chiang Mai, it’s impressive in its size and also kind of hidden in the city.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.786992,98.986907

 

 

Elephant Camps

From Trip Advisor – There are many around Chiang Mai. Of particular note and special care for the elephants, Patara Farm has been recommended to me. See the below link for trip advisor.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293917-c127870/Chiang-Mai:Thailand:Elephant.Camps.Chiang.Mai.html

 

Patara Elephant Farm, near Hang Dong (city), located about 30 minutes south of Chiang Mai. This farm is rated as one of the best around Chiang Mai and noted for their special care for the elephants.

 

TrekkingMany travel shops offer treks to hilltribes, elephant camps, bamboo rafting, inner tubing, etc.

 

 

HikingJust get off the beaten path as Chiang Mai is surrounded by tons of nature.

 

 

Waterfalls

Huay Kaew Waterfall

 

Lakes

Chiang Mai Lake at Chiang Mai University

This is a pleasant, local lake where mostly university students go to hang out, take a short walk, or just a nice place to chill out.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.805274,98.950304

 

Huay Tung Tao Lake

This is a great little get away that’s only about 12-14 KM from Chiang Mai off of Route 121 (the Canal Road). There are small restaurants on the east side of the lake where you can order Thai food and sit right by the shore.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293917-d1746055-Reviews-Huay_Tung_Tao_Lake-Chiang_Mai.html

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.866098,98.94494

 

The Mae Ngat Dam & Reservoir

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293917-d1762642-Reviews-The_Mae_Ngat_Dam_Reservoir-Chiang_Mai.html

 

HOT SPRINGS

San Khampaeng Hot Springs is a beautiful area to relax in public or private pools. Despite the place being highly touristic, there’s no entrance fee to look, though. It’s located about 40 KM east of Chiang Mai. From Hwy 11, go east on Route 1317 for about 30 KM, then take a left (right after you see the hot springs sign) for 2.8 KM.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.814437,99.22961

 

Doi Saket Hot Springs is a non-touristic place where mostly locals hang out. There’s also a few small cheap food stalls there. There’s no entrance fee.

Heading northeast on Kaeo Nawarat Rd (ถนน แก้วนวรัฐ) and taking Rte 118, it’s located about 40 minutes (35 KM) from Chiang Mai.

Travel on Rte 118 for 22.8 KM from the Super Hwy (11). Then, turn right on Rte 3005 (in Doi Saket just 200 Meters past Chiang Hill Resort) and go 1.2 KM, then turn left just past Wat Ban Pong (Wat Sawang Waree) and go 500 Meters and it’s on your left.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.910519,99.245604

 

Rock ClimbingThere is rock climbing here, including indoors and outside of the city on actual rocks — imagine that?

 

 

River RaftingMany travel shops offer river rafting trips with a variety of class rapids.

 

 

Mountain BikingYou can sign up for a day trips with various travel shops or biking companies and they will provide transportation, the bike, lunch, etc.

 

 

Cooking ClassesThere are many Thai cooking courses in Chiang Mai with many of them located in the inner city.

 

 

Thai Massage CoursesThere are many Thai Massage courses in Chiang Mai.

 

 

Meditation

Wat Suan Dok

Northern Insight Meditation Centre, 4 KM south of Chiang Mai. They offer 26-day (or longer) courses.

 

Monk Chat

Wat Suan Dok – On Suthep Road on the west side from the moat.

 

Gardens

Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, 100 Moo 9, Mae Ram (go 17 km north to Mae Rim on Rt 107. Turn onto Rt 1096 to Samoeng. Travel 12 km to garden on left.)

 

Yoga/Pilates

The Yoga Tree has had good mention from what I’ve heard.

 

 

Spas – There are numerous spas located in and all around the city. See HTTP://www.tripadvisor.com for specific ratings and places.

 

 

Zipline Courses

Flight of the Gibbons is rated high on the list of zipline courses. Most travel shops can arrange this day course, or at their main office near Tha Pae gate.

 

Shopping

Sunday Night Walking Street – this is the famous weekly shopping event in Chiang Mai where tourists and locals go to buy street food, arts, crafts, clothing, and more. It begins at Tha Pae gate and goes west on the main road into the inner city. Literally, there are thousands of people every week and it starts in the early evening and goes til about 11 PM.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.787779,98.993156

 

Saturday Night Walking Street – this is much like the Sunday Night Walking Street, but just smaller and located right near Chiang Mai gate on the south side of the moat.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.781029,98.988081

 

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar – this is a nightly shopping place where there is food, tons of tourists, and shopping for arts, crafts, clothing, and more. It’s located on Chan Klan Road just east on Loi Kroh Road from the moat.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.782817,99.000071

 

Talat Warorot (Market) – this is a daily market that sells local food, spices, produce, flowers, clothing and more. It’s located east of the inner city on Chang Moi Road.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.790882,99.000355

 

National Parks

Doi Khun Tan National Park

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.495492,99.269569

 

 

Brownie Hunting: Finding the best brownies in Chiang Mai…

 

Minimart Convenience Store (sign is in Thai มินิมาร์) – This store has my favorite brownies (topped with cashews) in Chiang Mai. For 15 baht each, they are kept in the refrigerator case with the drinks. For the baht, these are better than most at twice the price, in my opinion. The store is located next to a bookstore on Soi 4 off of Suthep Road, just east of the back entrance to Chiang Mai University. They are open from 9 AM – 11 PM daily.

https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.789282,98.955182

 

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