Get some fresh air and work off some of that Pad Thai and Thai pancakes!
Huey Tueng Tao.
Spend the day at the lake – head towards Mae Rim, located just 10 km (15 minutes) from the city center. You can rent a grass-roof pavilion on the water, order lunch and float around all day on a rented tube.
Chiang Mai’s waterfalls are excellent places to visit, take in scenery or have a picnic. Popular destinations with locals and foreigners alike, one of the best-known waterfalls in the area is Mae Sa Waterfall – one of the ‘iconic’ images of Chiang Mai.Mae Sa Waterfall Chiang Mai located about 25 kilometers north of Chiang Mai on the Mae Rim-Samoeng Road. The waterfall has 8 tiers and set against a backdrop of huge trees and it is very impressive. The climate around the waterfall is cool throughout the year. For foreigners, the trip is often combined with a visit to the Mae Sa Elephant Training Centre.
Chiang Mai Zoo:
Located in Chiang Mai at the foothill of Doi Suthep mountain, the zoo is surrounded by hilly terrain which is home to thousands of species of wild plants and flowers adorning the natural landscape of valleys, streams and waterfalls.
– Chiang Mai has many parks to walk, relax, exercise, play sports, buy food and even get a massage. One of the prettiest parks is Suan Buak Hard (Garden and Beach) located in the southwest corner on the moat.
– Northern Thailand is uniquely the home to a variety of interesting hill-tribes, such as the Hmong, Karen, Shan (Tai Yai), Akha, Lisu, Lahu and Mien, many of whom have migrated into the region from the Asian interior. With them, they have brought unusual customs and colourful costumes/dress (which they continue to wear in everyday life). Although unsophisticated and poor, they manage to maintain these minority cultures. The Tribal Museum in Mae Rim displays this fascinating aspect of Thailand.