The verdant hills surrounding cosmopolitan Chiang Mai have long been dotted with hill tribe villages of Thailand’s many ethnic minorities. Visiting one or more of these rural outposts has become a quintessential northern Thailand experience. Here’s what you need to know.
Huay Tung Tao Lake (Huay Tueng Thao Reservoir)
107 Don Kaeo, Chiang Mai, Mae Rim District, 50180
Here you’ll find grassy banks dotted with bamboo picnicking areas, shallow waters ideal for cooling off, and paddle boat and inner tube rentals. The lake is also lined with little bamboo huts that visitors can use free of charge, as long as they order drinks or food from one of the many vendors that have set up shop here. It’s not the most popular tourist attraction among international visitors, and while most visitors come independently, some bicycle tours stop here for post-ride refreshments.
Things to know before you go
- Huay Tung Tao Lake is a great place to visit if you want to get away from the clamor of central Chiang Mai.
- Swimming is allowed in the lake, so pack your swimsuit.
- There’s a small entrance fee to access the lake before 5pm, but it’s free after that and an excellent place to watch a sunset.
How to get there
Huay Tung Tao Lake is located just north of Chiang Mai's city center and west of the Doi Sutep-Pui National Park. If you're not coming as part of a tour, you can get here by taxi or rental car. The journey from the heart of Chiang Mai takes around 20 minutes without traffic.
When to get there
Huay Tung Tao Lake is a daytime destination, and at its most popular during the afternoon when people come to drink, eat, and cool off in its waters; stick around for sunset to take in great views. You may want to avoid visiting during the rainier months (May through October) lest you get stuck in a torrential downfall.
Just above the lake sits the Doi Suthep Temple, a popular stop for Chiang Mai visitors owing to its fantastic views over the city. It's surrounded by parkland, with plenty of nature trails and even a few waterfalls, and is a great place to go for a hike (and work up an appetite)before you visit the lake.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Huay Tung Tao Lake (Huay Tueng Thao Reservoir)?
What else should I know about attractions in Chiang Mai?
- Chiang Mai Zoo & Aquarium
- Sai Nam Phung Orchid Farm
- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
- Doi Suthep–Pui National Park
- Mae Sa Waterfall
- Chiang Mai National Museum
- Baan Thong Luang Village
- Wat Suan Dok
- Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden
- Wat Phra Singh Waramahawihan
- Wat Chiang Man
- Three Kings Monument (Anusawari Sam Kasat)
- Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre
- Baan Chang Elephant Park
- Wat Chedi Luang