Beautiful green spaces full of flowing water and exotic flowers including palm trees are dotted all over the city when you need some respite from the hustle and bustle of the cities streets. A range of recreational activities can be enjoyed at the parks or you can simply take a seat or follow one of the winding trails and admire nature for a moment.
Here are the spots that made our list:
Huay Keaw Waterfall – A beautiful place to relax in nature with a picnic as you soak up the view. Hike up to the top of the falls to see the city view below before cooling down with a swim in one of the pools. An enjoyable day out for the whole family.
Royal Park Rajapruek – A stunning botanical garden/park full of flowers from around the world and some interesting sculptures and architecture including a Royal Palace. The park comprises of Thai gardens, international parks, and corporate parks with an orchid greenhouse that shouldn’t be missed.
Buak Haat Public Park – A great park in the middle of the city from where you can escape the hustle and bustle. Make use of the outdoor exercise machines and trails for running, walking, or jogging or relax and enjoy the animal topiary before feeding the huge fish in the pond.
Address: Bamrungburi Rd (Arak Rd) Mueang Chiang Mai Chiang Mai 50200
Princess Mothers Health Garden – A small and shady dog-friendly park where the locals enjoy exercising and relaxing. It’s free entry so grab a book or picnic, or get your running shoes on. Look out for the squirrels whilst you’re there!
Address: Nimmanhaemin Rd Su Thep Chiang Mai 50200
Chiang Mai 700 Years Park – With 500 meters of jogging track, takraw courts (a local version of volleyball), outdoor fitness machines, and shady tree areas ideal for relaxing, this small park has a little something for everyone, including fish to feed.
Dumbo Elephant Spa – In a remote village you can enjoy a half day or full day hanging out with rescue elephants. An amazing place for elephant lovers to get up close and personal with these gentle giants. Feed them, watch them play in the river, then wash and brush them clean.
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