Huay Tung Tao Lake
Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Photo by Colin Hinshelwood
Huay Tung Tao LakeAlthough Chiang Mai is far removed from Thailand’s golden coastline, it’s possible to grab a long, lazy day of waterside lounging at Huay Tung Tao, a man-made lake around 10 miles northwest of the city. The still waters are perfect for swimming and the lake is backed by mountains and surrounded by bamboo huts; it’s an idyllic place to while away a few hours. This being Thailand, of course, are always opportunities to eat, even while lounging by the water. There are about 20 restaurants surrounding the lake, most of them proffering extensive dining options ranging from spicy salads to crispy fried frogs and whole steamed fish. Wash it down with ice-cold Singha beers and you’ll struggle to leave.