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Chiang Mai is a centre for treks into the mountainous northern areas which are home to hilltribes. The verdant hills and
forests provide the natural setting for trekking by foot or on elephant back as well as for watching birds and wildlife.
The most popular trails are in Doi Inthanon National Park where over 300 bird species and a wide variety of orchids and
other flowers can be seen.
Many tour agents offer choices of hilltribe treks consisting of trekking on foot, on elephant back, mountain biking,
bamboo rafting and kayaking. Some programmes include overnight stays at hilltribe villages.
Apart from elephant shows, most elephant camps in Chiang Mai offer elephant-back rides around the camp and to the
nearby forest. Contact your travel agent for more details about this activity.
With a lot of rivers and streams flowing throughout the province, Chiang Mai provides a good opportunity for rafting,
both bamboo and rubber rafts. Some interesting routes include Mae Kok, Mae Chaem, and Mae Tuen rivers, all of
which flowing through virgin forests and hilltribe settlements. Rafting trips are also organized by most tour agents.
For those who come and visit Chiang Mai, cruising along the Ping River by the scorpion-tail vessel is another
interesting activity. The trip is guided by experts in Chiang Mai historical events who will take you to trace back to the
remote antiquity of Chiang Mai.
Cruising, Chiang MaiDuring the cruise, the vessel passes through the Chiang Mai's biggest wholesale market before
approaching the peaceful scenic beauty of Chiang Mai's outskirts. The boat stops at the important historical
landmarks. First stop is at the Wat Gate area, Chiang Mai's oldest trading and commercial center.
Visit Wat Gate and its historical museum and see several old buildings on Charoenrat road.
Boat information: there are 3 different boat sizes for 15, 30 and 50 passengers. Life vests are provided.
Private tour is also available at anytime between 08.00-17.00 / Join tour (minimum 2 persons) at 09.00, 11.00, 13.00,
15.00 and 17.00 hrs.
Landing at: Sri Khong Port Tel: +66 (0) 5326 0299
Contact: Tel. +66 (0) 1960 9398, +66 (0) 1951 0791
Fax. +66 (0) 5324 5888
Amid a naturally beautiful location in a mountainous area of Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, you can enjoy such extreme sport
as bungee jumping. The bungee jump here is operated by the owner who has been involved in bungee since its earliest
days as a commercial industry in New Zealand.
Bungee Jumping, Chiang MaiHaving been closely involved in its development into a mature and safe sport with a
well-conceived code of practice, this bungee jumping site is equipped with all those required to safely develop and
operate bungee jumping including expertise in tower structures, bungee cord fabrication, safety management and staff
Conquer your fear by jumping 165 feet (50 metres) above a jungle lagoon. A purpose-built electronic lift rated for 750
kg. will take you to your jump height with comfort and safety.
The mountainous terrain of this province is really suitable for mountain biking. Many tour companies offer biking tour
programmes that include guides, food and overnight equipment.
Chiang Mai boasts a large number of golf courses, most of which surrounded by scenic green hills, valleys and
Tennis, Swimming, and Others
There are also a good number of tennis courts, squash courts, swimming pools and sports clubs in Chaing Mai to
meet the requirements of sports enthusiasts.
Visiting hilltribe people made thru the Hilltribe Museum, this ethnological museum has collections illustrating the
cultures of tribal groups. Drive through beautiful scenery north of Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao, Approximately 80 Kms,
visit Lisu hilltribe village, the colorful costume was originated in Tibet. Continue by walk to Karen hilltribe village, they
are peaces loving warriors, very industrious and faithful people. You can also visit Akha hilltribe village, the most
beautiful women' s head wares, decorated with assorted coins, shell, beats feathers and animals' s fur. Drive to Lahu
hilltribe village, they are originated in Tibet and China, very expert to hunting, then visit Palong hilltribe village, one of
the most beautiful costume tribe, coming from Myanmar.
ATV bikes and buggies: are a fun activity for anyone, and there are several operators in the Mae Sae valley with
excursions into the national parks. The buggies are custom built for the rugged terrain, and you get your own driver.
Cooking classes: are a novel and fun idea, especially if you're not into active adventure, or its hot or rainy. There are
many schools in the city offering one or multi day Thai cooking classes, which include a provisioning trip to local
markets, learning the nutritional value of the dishes you're learning and getting that all important spicy taste just right.
See our recommended schools a the bottom of the page.
Cycling: is popular in Chiang Mai and a great way to beat the heavy traffic. Not just a good means of getting around,
there are some excellent routes ideal for cyclists who want to explore the city's surroundings and get off the beaten
track. Regular bicycles as well as mountain bikes are available for rent near Thapae Gate. The Chiang Mai bicycling
group takes off in a large group on Sunday mornings from this point.
Dirt biking: if you have some experience with off road bikes, the Peak (at Night Bazaar), and a few others offer
excursions, single or multi day, on enduro bikes. Alternatively, you can hire these and go exploring on your own.
Hiking: is an obvious activity with the Suithep National Park so close, though it's not as popular among locals as you
would think. However there are endless trails on the mountain and you can discover these for yourself by riding up the
main road. Two obvious routes include from the temple (mid way up the main road) down, and from the national park
head quarters down to Monthatal falls. You can also hike down the fire roads from the camp site at the summit to
Huay Tung Tao reservoir at the bottom. Hiring a trekking guide is an easy solution, but finding specific day hike tours
Hot-air ballooning: for that special occasion. Enjoy spectacular views of Chiang Mai valley from far above, then touch
down in a rice field for a champagne celebration. Tours begin in Doi Saket on the highway to Chiang Rai.
Kayaking: along the Ping River gives a unique perspective of the city. Glide past famous restaurants and opulent
Lanna-style riverside estates and below bridges. Within a couple of kilometres you'll be in rural Thailand, with kids
swimming in the river and birds nesting in trees on the banks. Kayaks can be rented on Faham road.
Micro-light flying: fly like a bird, experience the freedom and feel the wind on your face in a two-seat micro-light
aircraft. This thrilling and uplifting experience is available in the mornings and afternoons, with flights lasting 15 or 30
minutes. You'll sit behind an experienced pilot with a clear 360? view.
Caving and canyoning: is a favourite activity, with lots of caves within easy reach of Chiang Mai city. Some are
developed and charge an entrance fee, while others must be explored with a guide. Chiang Dao caves are popular and
the carvernous Mae On Cave on the way to the San Kampaeng hot springs is also rewarding. Canyoning is offered by
several companies in town, with day trips south to Doi Inthanon.
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