As the fourth largest city in Thailand, Chiang Mai is the hub of Northern Thailand and is nestled amongst mountains and lush countryside. Chiang Mai is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and is easily accessible by train, bus or plane.
Despite the city of Chiang Mai being significantly smaller than Bangkok, it does not lack cultural and historical significance. The city centre itself is surrounded by a walled moat, known as the Old City, and the city has over 300 Buddhist temples. There is not a corner of this city that you don’t stumble upon a gorgeous and vibrant temple.
Don’t let this culturally rich city deter you from believing that Chiang Mai doesn’t hold some amazing, and out of the box activities and adventures for those travelers looking for something different to do than the endless temple visits, famed mountain treks, and controversial tiger kingdom.
These 5 tours are sure to please those looking to do and experience something different than everyone else while visiting Chiang Mai, and will leave you with unique memories that will last well beyond your stay in this city.
This 8-hour tour will start first thing in the morning. You’ll be picked up from your hotel and enjoy a day that is fit for the adventurous type.
The tour will begin with a walk through dense tropical jungle, where you will find the limestone waterfall in which you will rappel down. This unique tour isn’t an experience that many tourists get to experience, so soak in the gorgeous scenery and let the adrenaline run through your veins as you rappel down the waterfall and then relax in a natural Jacuzzi.
This adventure will take you on the road, through a jungle trail and around hill tribes. After a typical safety brief, and instructions on how to use your mode of transportation for the day, you’ll get to get some practice in before you head off on a mountain trail to the highest point of Mount Khom Long.
This 42 km ATV adventure is a unique way to discover the countryside of Chiang Mai and really let you experience the lush rice field and farm terraces.
Learn the basics of rock climbing and use your skills as you travel throughout Thailand, especially if you visit Railay Beach where they have world-renowned rock climbing.
Your day will be broken up into two parts. The morning will be spent with an introduction to the basics of top-rope climbing. You’ll learn the mechanics of the top-rope system, how to belay, and develop the fundamentals you need to be a knowledgeable climber, and of course you’ll also get lots of time climbing! The afternoon will be your chance to learn rappelling basics, where you’ll also get to apply your skills learned in the morning.
Thai massages are one of the most common activities for tourists to take part in when they arrive in Thailand. For the low cost, you can receive one of the best massages you’ve had in your life. So why not take some knowledge home that you won’t be able to find back home – the knowledge and ability to give a great Thai massage!
This beginner course will last 4 hours and includes free transportation to the school. You’ll learn the basics of Thai massage, and learn the health benefits behind this traditional massage type.
This tour is great for those not necessarily looking to climb cliffs or rappel, but is built for a great cultural experience and one that will allow you to actually learn about and how to make the food that you’ve been enjoying in all the restaurants throughout Thailand.
This is a full day where you’ll learn to make 6 dishes – a stir-fried dish, soup, curry, appetizer, and a Thai dessert. Your day will begin with a market tour where you’ll pick up the local and fresh produce, meats and seafood needed for your Thai dishes.
Once you make and eat up your delicious masterpiece you created, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel with a full belly and the new knowledge of how to make some traditional Thai dishes.
Channel your inner adventure-seeker and experience some of the best things Chiang Mai has to offer. These tours will leave you with experiences that many people miss while visiting Northern Thailand and memories that will last well beyond your trip to Thailand.
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