5 things to do in Chiang Mai you probably didn’t know about

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With spectacular, evergreen mountains, a relaxed vibe, and vibrant hill tribes, Chiang Mai is non-comparable to the countries capital Bangkok. Chiang Mai is the travel hub for northern Thailand and is characterized by a blend of ancient culture backed up by natural wonders. Some people  love Chiang Mai and others have a different opinion. As with all larger cities, tourists have found their way to it. So to find unique spots that are not overrun by tourists is a challenge. We have gathered the cities best hidden spots and summarized them for you.

Visit Tung Tao Lake – where the locals hang out

Want to know where the locals hang out in Chiang Mai? Spend a lazy afternoon on the bank of Huay Tung Tao Lake. This little lake is about 20 minutes from Chiang Mai. The view at the lake is stunning. The still waters are backed by nearby mountains and the lake is lined with picturesque grass huts where you can eat delicious Thai food. For the location see Huay Tung Tao Lake.

Lanscape northern ThailandHave a chat with a monk

An amazing opportunity is to interact with Buddhist Monks at Wat Suan Dok Temple, every day between 5 to 7 pm. It is a wonderful way to learn more about their local life. At the same time they have the chance to improve their English.

For location see Wat Suan Dok Temple.

Have a chat with a monk in Chiang Mai ThailandAmazing Thai Cooking Class on a Farm

This cooking class is on a green organic farm, 25 minutes outside of Chiang Mai and it is one of the best! You will not only visit the local market, but actually pick your own fresh herbs yourself from the farm! It is a family-run farm and cooking class where one prepares food with love!

Best Trip cooking class – 405 moo 10, Nongharn District, Chiang Mai

Free Bird cafe

This little and cozy cafe nourishes your body, mind, and soul! Eating here is also helping a good cause. The proceeds are going to a community language and arts program for refugees. Try one of their delicious salads and smoothies: you don’t want to leave anymore!

Free Birds Cafe – 116 Maneenoparat Road, Chiang Mai.

Cooking class Chiang MaiUnwind on a Thai Farm

Ae runs the farm that, located a few hours from Chiang Mai surrounded by hills and nature. Ae and his family will look well after you and you even have the opportunity to give a helping hand if you wish. Only thing you have to do here is relax and enjoy! Check for more information http://www.i-likelocal.com/unwind-on-a-thai-farm.

Want to know some more amazing local travel experiences in Thailand? Check out these off beaten things to do and places to sleep.




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