Chiang Mai – Best experiences for tourists (Part 2)

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Cooking Course at Thai Farming School

Chiang Mai boasts a variety of cooking schools offering half or full day courses on how to prepare traditional Thai dishes. While most cooking schools offer friendly staff as well as some fun teaching, it is the Thai Farming School that has gained particular recognition over the past years. The organic farm is located just outside of the city and immediately enchants visitors due to its beautiful surroundings. The day consists of a trip to the local market in the pursuit of fresh ingredients. During the course each person has their own cooking station within the well-equipped kitchen. The day comes to a close with enjoying a home-cooked meal down by the terrace, making for some truly stunning scenery. The farm’s emphasis on sustainability as well as healthy eating make it one of Chiang Mai’s most special places.

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Address: Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Namo Yoga Studio via BalanceBoat

Namo Yoga Studio

With its tranquil atmosphere and its scenic mountains, Chiang Mai is not only the ideal place to quiet the busy mind through meditation or yoga classes, but also offers some of the best instructors to do so. Namo Yoga Studio is located close to Tha Pae Gate and excels through its brilliant yoga classes and its exceptional service. It offers a variety of daily yoga classes, massage and Ayurveda courses. Classes are 90 minutes long and open to all levels. Make sure to catch a class with one of the best teachers in the city, Neil Jefferson, who will charm any visitor with his outstanding technique and humble personality.

Address: 109/1 Moon Muang soi 4, 50200, Thailand

Huay Tung Tao Lake

This place is relatively unknown although it is only a few miles outside of Chiang Mai. The lake is located at the foot of the Doi Suthep Mountain and rewards travelers with stunning scenery. Bamboo huts have been erected around the shore of the lake, allowing you to cool your feet in the water while enjoying some tasty dishes or a cool Singa beer from one of the local food stalls. The atmosphere at Huay Tung Tao is laid-back and you are unlikely to encounter huge crowds around here. In recent years it has also set the scene for Chiang Mai’s Smile Festival, a rock and reggae festival hosting some truly talented local artists.

Huay Tung Tao Lake via Chayaporn Suphavilai

North Gate Jazz Cooperation

The North Gate Jazz Cooperation is one of the best kept secrets in the city. On a Tuesday night this venue is packed with visitors enjoying breathtaking performances. It is not uncommon for visitors to pick up an instrument and join in the fun, resulting in entertaining and unique performances. The Jazz Cooperation aims at providing a platform for all lovers of jazz and without failure succeeds in winning over the crowd. It is located at the North Gate within the inner city and is well worth the journey from the more touristy streets surrounding Tha Pae Gate. Music lovers will be quickly won over by its charm, laid back atmosphere and its talented musicians.

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