Some of the best reasons for coming to Lanna are the things you can do outside of treatment. Chiang Mai is an amazing place — the landscape, the history and the culture. We actually feel getting out of the treatment center is an important part of treatment and restoring some amazement at the wonder of life. And if you want to see amazing, you’ll find it here, and all your excursions are included in your fees. We’re always looking for new and exciting things for you to do when you’re at Lanna!
Here’s your chance to feel like Tarzan for a day, zip lining through the jungle. Over 80 meters above the ground, you’ll whiz through the rain forest, cross bamboo bridges and climb rope ladders. It’s about as exhilarating a ride as you’ll ever have. Zip line experts will fit you with the proper gear to ensure your safety. Feel free to do the Tarzan yell!
The Baanchang Elephant Park is a non-profit rehabilitation centre for rescued elephants – our national animal here in Thailand. Here you get to know these fabulous creatures up close and personal. You can feed them, bathe them, even go on a ride on one of these gentle giants. It’s an experience you will never forget.
Chiang Mai is famous for its Buddhist monks and temples. These mysterious and stunning structures as, in some cases, centuries old and steeped in an ancient traditions that remain today as they did so long ago. There are over 30 temples right within the city walls, plus more in the surrounding areas. For example, on the summit of Doi Suthp, on a 5300-foot peak, you’ll find the 600-year old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthrep. Spend a day discovering these amazing architecture and mysterious culture.
Around Chiang Mai are some of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls you’ll ever see, set in beautiful greenery, with huge cascades of water crashing down the mountainside. There are areas to relax and enjoy a picnic. Some also have pools or streams where you can take a refreshing swim in the cool water. It’s remarkable how refreshing a waterfall can be.
One of the main attractions of the Chiang Dao National Park is the network of caves (said to be over 100 miles worth) set inside the mountain range. Some of the caves are lit, others you’ll be given a lamp to explore, and explore you will, through narrow walkways into huge caverns, some covered with Buddhist drawings and paintings, others with natural formations of limestone and crystal. Guides easily take you through at your own pace.
There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as the mountain biking in Chiang Mai. It’s some of the best mountain biking in the world. Spend a day darting through trails with tremendous vistas and scenery. Depending on the time of year, you’ll also bike through plantations, coffee fields, rice paddies and more. There’s always something new to see and it’s a great way to challenge yourself whether you’re experienced or a beginner. There are trails for all levels.
There’s a reason people come from around the world to fish at Dreamlake. There’s also a reason it’s called Dreamlake. You will catch fish. Some of the best and biggest lake fish you’ve ever seen. Dreamlake is continuously stocked with an amazing variety of fish, both local species, like the giant Mekong Catfish, the largest Catfish in the world, as well as from many other continents. There’s also carp, arapaima, alligator gar, giant snakehead and perch. This is fishing at its finest.
Why walk when you can Segway? Take a tour through what was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1774 to 1939). You’ll see some of the most famous temples in the world and other fascinating landmarks. People watch in the market places and wonderful restaurants as you glide along. Your guide will regale you with interesting facts and stories and you’ll have tons of great photo opps!
The Mae Tang River is home to some of the best rafting rapids you’ll ever experience. People come from around the world to experience it. But don’t worry, even if you’re a beginner you’ll get thoroughly briefed by experienced guides on safety procedures and what to do through this three-hour, multiple-grade rapids tour de force, with period of gently drifting in between so you can enjoy the tropical landscape and riverside villages.
For good health or just relaxation Sankampaegn Hot Springs is hard to beat. People come from around the globe to visit this natural mineral hot springs. It’s high Sulphur content is said to have highly curative properties. Enjoy a long, stress reducing soak followed by one of the best massages you’ll ever have before enjoying a little local Thai cuisine.
Thailand is known for its zesty cuisine and unique ingredients. In this single-day class you will master five Thai dishes to astound your friends and family with when you get back home. You’ll pick produce right from the cooking school’s own garden, visit a Thai market to pick up other ingredients, then learn the step-by-step process to make each dish and, at the end of the day, sit down to enjoy all the dishes prepared that day by everyone in the class. It’s a great way to wake up your palate.
We bet you’ve never play a course like this before. Only 5 minutes from Lanna Rehab is North Hill golf club, one of the best golf courses in Chiang Mai. The layout is essentially flat with plenty of obstacles, narrow fairways, fast greens and a lot of water. Depending on the weather, we tee of early and enjoy full 18 holes, or we tee of later in the day and enjoy 9 holes during daylight and the remaining 9 holes under floodlights. Buggies and caddies provided.
When you come to Chiang Mai you will quickly notice the many colorful umbrellas, known as Sa Paper parasols, carried by many of the women for protection from the sun. Sa Paper is made from the bark of the Mulberry tree and is used to make a variety things, such including fans, stationary and more. On this excursion you will visit Bo Sang Handicrafts, where all these items are handmade and ornately decorated. It’s a fascinating process. There’s also a showroom/gift shop where you can pick up items for yourself or as gifts for family and friends.