This large man-made lake, located on the same road as the 700-Year Stadium, is a great city escape. You can take part in a ... More
Huay Tung Tao
This large man-made lake, located on the same road as the 700-Year Stadium, is a great city escape. You can take part in a variety of activities here, including fishing, swimming, paddling on surfboards and windsurfing. Around the edge of the lake are bamboo rafts, which can be hired for a small amount per day. It is also a scenic spot to enjoy a picnic and the natural beauty of the north. Primarily a destination for Thais, it presents a good way to get off the tourist track.
Huay Tung Tao can be a beautiful place but in the Thai tradition a lot of slashing and burning goes on there. The land is owned by the Army and as in most country's military everything must be kept shipshape. This means chopping everything down to it's roots.
I have just completed a 3 year study of the bird-life in the area and it has been frustrating. The workers choose the worst time to do their dastardly slashing and burning - right in the middle of the breeding season. Fallen nests, broken eggs and dead nestlings are a common sight at this time. Having said that the number of bird species documented over that 3 year period came to 250. So it would appear that the birds are less bothered than I am!
We went in January - the weather was just right - like a very warm summer's day in England. Great just to relax by the lake - there is even an internet cafe just by the entrance near the first car park with Wi-Fi and great music with Ex-pats helping the Thais to make sure it caters for all nationalities - English spoken here- and a foot massage next door - I didnt believe I could lie there for an hour having my feet massaged but the time just whizzed by. Worth visiting Ben and Sophie Macclesfield UK
Huay Tung Tao is adored by all who discover it. It's not well advertised in Chiang Mai (read, not at all!), but the Thai's know all about this lake. On public holidays and weekends there are many Thai's at the lake - so if you can go in the week. You pay 20 baht to enter the lake area, a further 10 baht for a floating bamboo raft with thatched roof around the lake edge - then simply relax and enjoy! You can buy great food and drink without moving once, swim if you like, or even do a run around the lake, if that's your thing! I like to relax, eat drink and enjoy. One tip - it helps to have at least one Thai in the party as menus are only in Thai, but if you know the names of some Thai dishes that you enjoy, then no problem. A lake speciality is 'Gung den' (literally dancing prawns). They dance in a bowl with chilli in, because they're not dead! Death by chilli! Eat them when they're still moving - just like the Thais do.
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