And… for the more adventurous
, there are many activities to get your adrenaline pumping. Seek out a local travel agent or search the internet for some of these activities around Chiang Mai:
A drive through the rugged terrain, mostly along dirt tracks, is the ideal way to see the spectacular scenery of forests and hills and previously inaccessible hill-tribe settlements.
Biking is an ideal way to discover the country's diverse cultural and natural heritage. Mountain bikers both novices and veterans will find challenges galore in the mountainous terrain of the north.
Elephants used to be a major form of transport before the rivers and roads were discovered.
Young back-packers in the 1970s were the pioneers of Thailand's eco-adventure travel.
Kayaking is available in the waters off Krabi and Phang nga provinces, which boast some of the most spectacular sea-capes and marine life anywhere.
The heart beating, gut wrenching thrill of shooting the rapids and getting yourself ever wet is one adventure that should not be missed.