Green Attraction

CO2-free day at Huai Tueng Thao

Chiang Mai

        Chances are you could be part-taking in a beautiful Loi Krathong Festival which in the north, particularly Chiang Mai, is known as the Yee Peng Festival, the time when Thais gather to express gratitude to the goddess of rivers and seek forgiveness for the past misdeeds. So while there, you might as well wanna spend serene time outside the bustling Chiang Mai city, driving up the Canal Road, past the 700-year Stadium, drive another 2 km and follow the signs which lead you to the Huai Tueng Thao lake that lies beneath the stunning mountain view.


        The cycling route which is at the crack between Huai Tueng Thao and Doi Suthep National Park, a blend of mountainous forests and lychee fields and a number of urbane amenities, eateries and activities, is considered by both novice and expert cyclists as one of the most gentle lanes and enjoyable riding experiences.


        The ride starts at the bike rental shops on Sam Lan Road which runs past Wat Phra Sing, leave the city walls from the west, following the northbound quadrant of the moat up until the intersection at its corner before turning keft down Huai Kaeo Road pass Chiang Mai's oldest shopping mall and keep paddling until the second large intersection, once there, take a northward rightturn, 1 km in, you can now get off the main road and follow the dirt path running along the parallel canal, following the signs for 700-year Stadium, where you turn left after 5 km. Huai Tueng Thao which actually is a reservoir is just a little bit further down the road.


        Yet instead of heading there straight, you might opt for the trails behind the stadium, crossing the dam wall into the forest. Follow the blue and red marked mixed terrain routes that leave you at Huai Tueng Thao after 10 km. Circling around the lake, alternatively, is fulfilling in itself. Windsurfing and rafting activities are also available for those who enjoy exploring the mysterious path of the dam. Either way, adrenalin junkies can reward themselves at one of many reasonably priced and breezy lakeside restaurants and be blown away by the stunning sunsets over the mountains before returning to Chiang Mai.