I wanted to write a post about one of my favorite places to go in Chiang Mai that is a little bit off the beaten path, but is easily accessible if you’re up for a short motorbike ride.
Huay Tung Tao is a little lake that is off of Canal Road in Chiang Mai. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the Huay Kaew area of CM, and totally worth it. You can take a songtaew there, but I personally think it is easier and faster if you take a motorbike.
If you’re in need of a motorbike for your adventure to the lake or anywhere else, you can visit Vanessa’s Motorbike Hire, which is conveniently located in the Huay Kaew area, where you can easily hop on Canal Road and be on your way to the lake. Vanessa and Robin, the couple that owns the shop, are wonderful people and will help you with whatever you need. I have been renting from them for almost a year, and whenever I have had an issue, albeit super minor and only once or twice, they have taken care of it quickly and efficiently. Additionally, they just really care about you. I’ve gotten into two very small accidents and they first and foremost wanted to make sure that I was okay – there weren’t even questions about the bike. My first accident, I hit someone’s car and Robin was available to talk on the phone, offering to even come out to the scene which wasn’t necessary, but a very nice gesture. He even followed up with me later that day to make sure everything turned out okay. It gives me peace of mind to rent from people who are caring, honest, and just great people. The prices are reasonable, as well. I couldn’t ask for a better deal.
Anyway, you’ll have to pay a 50 baht entrance fee, unless you go before 6:30 am. Now, you’re probably thinking, why on earth would I want to go before 6:30 am?! Well, it’s a really nice place to run – we run around the lake for the morning muay thai training session and it’s just a nice view with sun rising and the peacefulness of it all.
Another way to enjoy the lake is to have lunch at one of the little straw huts! I always enjoy having lunch at the lake – the view is beautiful, the food is amazing and you can just lounge around for hours. You can stuff yourself with some fried fish with herbs, which I highly recommend, dancing shrimp (live shrimp that are put in a bowl with chili and herbs, and the spice ends up killing the shrimp – sounds weird but it’s actually delicious), and some beers and then take a nice relaxing nap. It’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday.