One of the best things about living in Chiang Mai is that it offers virtually all the conveniences of a major city, yet if you head just a few kilometers out of town, the coffee shops and malls quickly disappear, giving way to fresh air and greenery. One of our favourite places to escape the city is Huay Tung Tao, an artificial lake found about 5 km outside of Chiang Mai. There’s a collection of bamboo huts lining the lake, where you can stretch out for an afternoon and just enjoy the amazing view. There’s a small 20 baht ($0.60) entry fee to enter the lake area, and although there doesn’t seem to be any official rules enforced, we usually buy at least a few drinks or some food from the on-site restaurant in exchange for the hut. It’s an easy and relaxing day-trip from Chiang Mai by either scooter or push bike.
Where are some of your favourite places to escape the city?
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