Top 10 must-do things to explore Chiang Mai (Part 2)

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Chiang Mai’s scenic location and its charming population make it one of the must-visit places in Thailand. Unsure where to start? Here we explore the next in the list of top 10 things to do on your visit in Chiang Mai.

>>Top 10 must-do things to explore Chiang Mai (Part 1)

Cooking Course at Thai Farming School

Chiang Mai boasts a variety of cooking schools offering half or full day courses on how to prepare traditional Thai dishes. While most cooking schools offer friendly staff as well as some fun teaching, it is the Thai Farming School that has gained particular recognition over the past years. The organic farm is located just outside of the city and immediately enchants visitors due to its beautiful surroundings. The day consists of a trip to the local market in the pursuit of fresh ingredients. During the course each person has their own cooking station within the well-equipped kitchen. The day comes to a close with enjoying a home-cooked meal down by the terrace, making for some truly stunning scenery. The farm’s emphasis on sustainability as well as healthy eating make it one of Chiang Mai’s most special places.

Cooking Class in Chiang Mai (via Tapoma)

Namo Yoga Studio

With its tranquil atmosphere and its scenic mountains, Chiang Mai is not only the ideal place to quiet the busy mind through meditation or yoga classes, but also offers some of the best instructors to do so. Namo Yoga Studio is located close to Tha Pae Gate and excels through its brilliant yoga classes and its exceptional service. It offers a variety of daily yoga classes, massage and Ayurveda courses. Classes are 90 minutes long and open to all levels. Make sure to catch a class with one of the best teachers in the city, Neil Jefferson, who will charm any visitor with his outstanding technique and humble personality.

Huay Tung Thao Lake

Huay Tung Thao lake (via North Thailand Travel Guide)

This place is relatively unknown although it is only a few miles outside of Chiang Mai. The lake is located at the foot of the Doi Suthep Mountain and rewards travelers with stunning scenery. Bamboo huts have been erected around the shore of the lake, allowing you to cool your feet in the water while enjoying some tasty dishes or a cool Singa beer from one of the local food stalls. The atmosphere at Huay Tung Thao is laid-back and you are unlikely to encounter huge crowds around here. In recent years it has also set the scene for Chiang Mai’s Smile Festival, a rock and reggae festival hosting some truly talented local artists.

Chang-over Trek

The Chang-over Trek with Good, one of the local tour guides, is a completely different experience to other treks. The experienced guide seeks to deliver a genuine and challenging trek that has a positive effect on the environment and local communities. The groups are considerably smaller and go further into the northern regions.  A trek lasts between one to three days and includes extensive hikes through the mountains with stunning views, visits to a local hill-tribe village and stops at magical waterfalls. An absolute must for outdoor enthusiasts wishing to experience Chiang Mai’s jungles.

Trekking in Chiang Mai (via 2 Backpackers Travel Community)

Documentary Arts Asia

This little-known art studio serves as the perfect meeting point for amateur as well professional photographers, seeking to connect with the local community as well as gaining further insight into particular techniques. As a multi-purpose venue, it hosts exhibitions as well as free movie nights with a unique program. Documentary Arts Asia represents a non-profit organization and primarily serves as a workshop space for photo and video art. It offers a modern take on the art scene in Asia, exhibiting some truly talented artists and contributing immensely to Chiang Mai’s art scene.

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