Outdoor Adventures Near Chiang Mai
Thailand is a land of surprises, and so much more than I ever expected. Before I spent time in Thailand, I did not know that it is home to some of the best beaches worldwide. I did not know you could make whiskey from rice or that the brooms are made by hand, with plants leaves gathered by hand from the fields that grew across the road from a home. I stood and watched the women gather the leaves, dry the leaves and bundle the leaves. Then get on their scooter, leaves in bundles on their backs and balanced on the scooter to the next step where the brooms are made. Everywhere is accessible by scooter; therefore, your scooter rental is a great idea.
You are at Happy Days Scooter Rental, and you have just rented your scooter. You have your helmet, a test drive or two under your belt, international driver’s license, cash for gas and other incidentals. You think you are ready, but stop, turn around and ask your friendly Happy Days service person for some advice on great day trips near Chiang Mai. Not only is Happy Days the best place to rent a scooter, it is also a place of information, served Willingly and free of charge to all its satisfied customers.
Because your customer service person at Happy Days knows your skill level and your confidence level, he or she is best suited to give you information about trips that are best for your skill level. Since you are just starting out, day trips are the best choice, and Chiang Mai has some of the most beautiful and interesting sites close by.
Though you may have made a list of places you want to see, some may be not be scooter friendly and some may take more than a day so overnight accommodations must be taken care of. Taking your research, your desires and the information from Happy Days, make your list and decided what to do first.
Mae Sa Waterfall
I am a big fan of the outdoors, so when I was in Thailand, I loved seeing the natural beauty of the land: waterfalls, parks, and lakes.
Thain Mae Sa waterfall is about 26 km (about 16.2 miles) outside of Chiang Mai. The route you take is highway 107 towards Mae Rim.
With its eight levels, the waterfall roars in a beautiful green setting of trees. Being part of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, the waterfall is the beginning of your adventure in the natural beauty that is Thailand.
Paved steps on either side of the waterfall make for easy climbing to experience the waterfall in all its glory. The music of the water as it cascades, brings the surrounding areas to life and stirs the spirits within and
Big stones next to the waterfall make for great picnic spots, for local travellers as well as visitors. Food vendors offer ethnic foods, the tastes of Thailand, so to speak. Though you can bring a picnic with you, it is so easy to select a few dishes without the worry of finding a place on the scooter for your packed lunch..
The fee to see the waterfall is 100 THB. Parking for your scooter is 20 THB.
Bua Thong Waterfall
An hour out of Chiang Mai, you will find Bua Thoung Waterfall, an unusual but special limestone waterfall. People talk about the sticky waterfall because the rocks around this waterfall are not slippery but gripping, which makes for easy steps. You can even challenge yourself and try to climb from the bottom of the waterfall to the top. Be careful, go slowly, and see what you can see.
Huay Tung Tao Lake
Just 15 minutes outside of Chiang Mai rests Huay Tung Tao, a beautiful man-made lake, where you can spend a lazy afternoon lounging about in a bamboo hut on the water’s edge.
You will go north on Canal Road, towards Mae Rim. Soon, you will see a sign pointing you in the direction of the lake. Big and blue, you cannot miss it.
Turning, you will drive on a small road to the entrance of the lake. The entrance fee is 20 THB.
Sometimes called Chiang Mai beach, the lake offers such peace and be aware, your cell phone will not work. Take an afternoon and enjoy a glorious break from all of touring to see sites.
Locals do swim in the lake, but often visitors do not because of the muddy water. However, be daring and try if you like. However, it is not the swimming but the peace and beauty of it all that lures the visitor to its shores.
Relax in a bamboo hut, close to the water’s edge. It is the stuff made of movie, offering seclusion and shelter from the sun and others. Bring a book, take a boat ride on the lake, and be sure to eat a fried rice lunch from the food stall. If you are secure in riding the scooter at night back to Chiang Mai, stay and watch the sunset over the mountains.
Doi Inthanon National Park
The National Park is about 100 km for Chiang Mai, and it is home to the highest mountains in Thailand. Brilliant green forests and many wildlife species call the park home. Often call the roof of Thailand, from its caves to its waterfalls to its hiking trails and breathtaking landscape views, Doi Inthanon National Park is a must see when you are in Chiang Mai. .
How To Get To Doi Inthanon:
Head south from Chiang Mai on Highway 108, then turn onto Highway 109 just before Chom Thong Village (you will see signs pointing to Doi Inthanon). It is a fairly straight shot to the park headquarters, where you will pay an entrance fee of 200 THB, plus 20 THB for parking the scooter
When To Visit Doi Inthanon:
The park is part of the Himalayan mountain range, it is well above sea level so in the winter it can get below 0 degrees. Frost comes in January, with high humidity, but you will never see snow.
Even on the hottest summer day, the mountains are chilly so you need to wear warm clothes and bring a jacket. Of course, the lower areas of the park are dry and warmer.
The best time to visit the waterfalls of Doi Inthanon is throughout the rainy season between May and November when the streams carry most water.
What To See In Doi Inthanon National Park:
Be sure to see the two stupas, Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Nophanebthanidon. About 3 km from the summit, these stupas are dedicated to the king and queen of Thailand. The entrance fee is 40 THB.
Where To Stay In Doi Inthanon:
Since I am not a veteran scooter driver, I did not want to drive in the dark, so I opted for two, day trips. Many opt for an overnight, and accommodations are easy to find. It is worth spending a night near the park to make the most of the experience.
The closest village is Chom Thong, which hosts a few guesthouses. You can also select a Thai-Style cabin at the food of the mountain, offering comfort in a wooden cabin. A wonderful breakfast is included in the morning. Be aware that the bathroom is outdoors!
Each of the day trips offers something special, and each gives its own gift to its visitors. Thailand is more than the busy cities, which offer mystery, beauty and adventure. Thailand is also the natural wonders of nature, left untouched, waiting for you to come and share the secrets of the wonders and beauty of the land called Thailand.
Remember to have your directions, your helmet, cash, and proper clothing for your trips. Ask questions before you go, from Happy Days and your hotel staff. Helpfulness is part of the culture and the willingness of the Thai people to help is one of its charms.
Do not rush. Take your time and enjoy. If you are on a time schedule, than prioritize and see the top three on your list of day trips so you can breathe in and know Thailand. It is something that will stay with you forever.
Best regards, Happy Days Shop.