Chiang Mai is in the north of Thailand and offers visitors a break from the frenetic pace of the capital city and coastal hotspots. The region is famous for its national parks, night safari and landmarks which set the stage for some distinctive and adventurous activities
Best time to visit Chiang Mai City: The best time to visit Chiang Mai is between the months of October and April as the climate is generally cooler and excellent for sightseeing.
There are many adventure sports and activities you can revel in Chiang Mai. The most popular ones include the ATV adventure, hot air balloon ride and the night safari. Read on:
1) ATV Jungle Adventure
The essence of Chiang Mai’s beauty lies in its luxuriant green forests and wild landscapes, and an ATV is a thrilling way to explore the countryside. The Huay Tung Tao Lake and its surrounding areas provide a great stage for adventurers, strapped on sturdy vehicles which you can either ride yourself or get someone else to do so. A morning pickup is followed by safety briefings and basic instructions on how to operate these very powerful and easy to ride vehicles.
There are many expert trails that you then follow with the help of a guide. Prepare to indulge in some muddy and old-fashioned earthy fun as you negotiate river beds, hillocks and forest paths. The activity rewards participants with an immersive experience in the heart of the jungle and amazing summit views from the tropical mountain tops, considered amongst Thailand’s best.
Timings: Most of the ATV jungle adventures start around 7:30-8 AM and end by 8 PM.
Activity Price: The half day activity is open for those aged 16 and rates are around 2600 baht; also depending on the tour provider you choose.
2) Canopy Zipline Adventure
Chiang Mai is the site of Asia’s longest zip lining route, the aptly named Flight of the Gibbon. Adventure enthusiasts cannot skip this activity for sure, which entails 18 zip lines that stretch across the deepest and most pristine of Thai tropical forest. The routes also include sky bridges and abseiling (rappelling) points along with the 33 platforms that complete this grid of zip lines. With the best industry standards and professional supervision, this adventure will have you gliding across the canopies of Chiang Mai and witness amazing views. Stop at the Mae Kampong Falls, and if you are lucky, you may sight some gibbons.
The package for a zip line tour would also include transfer from and to your Chiang Mai hotel and a Thai lunch. You can also share your ride with friends back home. Morning, mid-day and afternoon rides are the choices you have.
Timings: Zip lining is available throughout the day and generally closes around 7 PM.
Activity Price: Starts at 4000 THB depending on the package
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3) Hot Air Balloon Ride
Drift with the clouds and get a birds’ eye view of Chiang Mai’s beautiful mountains, paddy fields and iconic landmarks, its streets and buildings, with this exciting hot air balloon ride. This hour long activity is an opportunity for photography enthusiasts and honestly, how many people can say they have travelled in a gondola that floats a couple of thousand feet above the ground.
Indulge in some customary celebrations post your ride when a bottle of sparkling wine is opened to mark the occasion. A certificate for participating in the balloon ride is another treasured souvenir.
Timings: Balloon rides are a morning activity and are open from 5:30 AM up until 10:00 AM.
Activity price: About 8790 THB per person
4) Chiang Mai Night Safari
Take a trip to the African Savannah right here in Chiang Mai. The Night Safari is one of the few nocturnal zoos in the world and has multiple zones to explore. The centrepiece of the 320-acre property is a lake around which the enclosures, resembling natural habitats, have been set up.
The Night Safari will take you through two special zones – First, the Savanna Safari Zone featuring the wildlife of Africa. Get ready for some roaring and stalking as the safari moves into the Predator Prowl zone and enjoy the rare chance to observe tigers and lions, amongst other predators, in the night.
Timings: The venue is open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM.
Activity Price: Entry for the Chiang Mai Night Safari is 800 baht for adults and 400 for children.
5) Unique Old Chiang Mai City Tour by Segway
Cruise around one of Thailand’s most historical cities on a Segway and discover some of the hidden curiosities of Chiang Mai. Spend a bit of time learning how to manoeuver your modern chariot and explore the streets of the city. You will be accompanied by an expert guide during this safe and fun activity.
The months between October and April are considered to be the best time to visit Chiang Mai, as the weather is the most agreeable. During November, visitors can witness the famous Loi Krathong Festival and February is the month for the Flower festival. The monsoon months between June and October are also ideal for those who look for an offbeat and laid back trip and fewer crowds.
The old Lanna Kingdom lives on in Chiang Mai, in its fascinating temples and distinguishing culture. Pristine nature and an enigmatic landscape waiting to be discovered. Add these activities to your itinerary and enjoy a complete Chiang Mai experience.
Timings: The tour timings are 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM every day.
Activity Price: The Segway tour lasts around 2 hours and costs around 2300 baht. Drinks and snacks are included.
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