Although 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 six miles northeast of the city. The still waters are perfect for swimming while the lake is backed by mountains and surrounded by nipa-thatched huts. It’s an idyllic place to while away a few hours. This being Thailand, of course, there’s no need to go hungry while lounging by the water. There are about twenty restaurants surrounding the lake, most of them proffering extensive dining options ranging from spicy salads to crispy catfish and whole steamed fish. Wash it down with ice-cold Singha beers and you’ll struggle to leave.