Chiang Mai is known throughout Thailand as a place to go to participate in an endless array of activities. Throw in a very low cost of living with respect to food and lodging, and it’s a wonder that people manage to leave this place on their travels. The problem for the single traveller with a limited amount of time is that there are so many activities to choose from, it is hard to know where to begin.
We wish you to aid you in your adventures as they lead you through Northern Thailand. With that in mind, here are three suggestions for activities that you will never forget in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
1) The Flight Of The Gibbon – Adrenaline junkies will be suitably impressed by this outfit, located one hour east of Chiang Mai. Meant to mimic the tree to tree movements of the gibbon, this adventure sports operation contains more than 2 kilometres of ziplines, leading to plenty of high-speed thrills for everyone involved. Not enough excitement for you? The Flight Of The Gibbon also offers mountain biking, rafting, hiking, and rock climbing on site. The price for partaking of the activities at this site are steep for Thailand (starting at 3,000B for just ziplining, but includes all the activities listed above along with an overnight homestay for 7,900B), but for those seeking a jolt of excitement in their life, these prices beat what’s you’d pay in a developed country for the same amenities.
2) Hiking Up Doi Suthep – Want to get the blood pumping, but don’t feel like shelling out big bucks to do so? On a long term trip and need to stretch your travelling dollars? Then cobble together a do-it-yourself adventure. Sling several large water bottles in your daypack and make your way to the base of Doi Suthep, the mountain that towers over Chiang Mai from the West. Find the trailhead at the end of Suthep Road and begin to ascend through the forest. You’ll pass through subtropical jungle with impressive plant life and a rustic Buddhist shrine. After about a couple hours, you’ll emerge at Wat Phra Doi Suthep, with the pride that you attained the summit of Chiang Mai’s holiest mountain without taking the easy way up!
3) Sign Up For a Thai Cooking Class – Want to take home a lasting souvenir from Thailand? Then learn how to cook Thai food properly and impress your parents or your significant other. Cooking schools abound everywhere you look in Chiang Mai, so just ask the information desk at your hotel/hostel and they will connect you with a school that will teach you the basics of Thai cooking. Lasting anywhere from 1-4 days, these courses will take from ingredient acquisition at the morning food markets, to cooking a meal that will be truly earned and appreciated.
This is just a small sample of what can be done in Thailand. There are other activities out there, ranging from elephant camps to shooting ranges. Get clear on what excites you, and then get out there and find an activity that inspires you. Chances are, Chiang Mai offers it.