Surrounded by mountains and acres of padi fields, Chiang Mai is one of the most beautiful unexplored places in Thailand that is certainly worth a visit. Here are 12 WILD vs MILD activities for the garang and not so garang travellers out there!
Wild #1: Cliff jump off the top of an abandoned quarry
A 40 minutes drive from Chiang Mai is this hidden gem with a stunning view for the most garang of explorers called the "Chiang Mai Rock Quarry". With the unique rock formations at this abandoned quarry, you can pick any spot you fancy and cliff jump into the cool blue water below.
Mild #1: Sipping on ice cold beer while chilling on a float
On a hot day with the sun beating down your neck, nothing beats an ice cold beer while chilling on a float at the Chiang Mai Rock Quarry. You can swim around and soak in the spectacular sight of not just the quarry, but also the beautiful forests of Chiang Mai in the background.
Wild #2: Extreme downhill biking from the top of Doi Pui Mountain
This is surely one not for the faint-hearted. After gearing up with helmet, elbow and knee pads, it was a 3 hours ride down extremely tricky rocky terrain that will get your adrenaline pumping and make you hold your breath for most part of the ride. A must-try for cycling enthusiasts!
Mild #2: Village cycling through beautiful padi fields outside the city
What better way to enjoy the famous countryside of Chiang Mai than on a bicycle? The cycling route usually takes you through quiet country roads, small local villages, before reaching vast acres of green and lush padi fields where local farmers spend most of their days.
Wild #3: Have a wild party night out at Warm Up Cafe
I kid you not, there's nothing "cafe" about "Warm Up Cafe" because it is in fact a full-sized club with the hottest DJs and latest EDM music.
Mild #3: Explore and be blown away by the Muang On Cave
If you're looking to do something off the beaten path, then a trip to Muang On Cave is a must. The stalagmites and stalactites in the cave that took thousands and thousands of years to form will make you go in awe of Mother Nature. While you're at it, try to spot the rumoured fossilised dinosaur skeleton in the cave!
Wild #4: Zip-line through the forest like Tarzan
This is definitely one of the best ways to experience the thrills and beauty of the Doi Saket forest in Chiang Mai with Dragon Flight. With a total of 26 zip-lines, you'll be able to fly through the forest and enjoy a paranomic view from the top of the trees! Sure beats trekking in the forest for hours!
Mild #4: Chomp down some ultra savoury Nutella banana prata/pancake
This is a must-try every time in Thailand. Available at all the night markets, this heavenly mix of banana wrapped in thin dough and then dripped with abundant amount of Nutella is something that is out of this world!
Mild #5: Pay a visit to one of Chiang Mai's famous temples
Be absolutely stunned by the grand architectures of Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan, two of the more famous temples in Chiang Mai. Go there in the late afternoon before the sun sets and you'll be rewarded with the setting sun reflecting the temple's shimmering gold!
Wild #5: Join one of the local Muay Thai camps
What better way to immerse in local Thai culture than to pick up their traditional martial art, Muay Thai at one of its renowned fighting gyms right? Be prepared to sweat buckets though!
Wild #6: Get wet and whitewater raft down the river
If you're looking for some excitement for your trip in Chiang Mai, then you've got to try white water rafting down the Mae Taeng River. With fast waters and rocky river bed making much of the upstream of the river, it makes for perfect heart-stopping action as you make your way down the river on your tiny canoe.
Mild #6: Enjoy the sights and sounds while on a bamboo raft
If white water rafting is not your cup of tea, then you should definitely consider bamboo rafting down the Mae Wang River. You'll be greeted by locals who are having their picnics by the river and if you're slightly more adventurous, ask the boatman to pass you the paddle so you can "captain" the bamboo raft down the river.
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This article was originally published on SGAG.