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Why Aren’t We Talking About Thailand’s Grand Canyon?

Posted by Emily Cummings on 11/5/17 4:26 PM

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Turns out Chiang Mai is more than markets, lantern festivals and elephants — this city in Thailand also has one rad water theme park!

We love Chiang Mai and think it has got to be on anybody’s list of places to see if you’re visiting the dreamy country of Thailand. There is also tons to do up there (like the Lantern Festivals!) — easily enough to keep you busy for at least 3-4 days, if not more. That makes it a bit tough if you’re only in Thailand for a week, right? (We know you also wanna check out Bangkok and the islands down south!). Good thing ILP volunteers live in this country for a few months and get free time and vacations to check everything off their Thailand bucket list.

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And just to get you even more excited about life in Asia, here are alllll the details about the Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai. 

  • What Is It? 
  • What Can I Do There? 
  • How Much Does It Cost? 
  • Get The Insider’s Tips + The Address 
  • Other Things To Do In Chiang Mai 

What Is It? 

Unlike the Grand Canyon in America, the one in Thailand is the spot for water sports and adventure in Northern Thailand — you’ll see red rocks and emerald pools you can jump into (aka, the ideal way to cool off after a hot day in the Thai sun).

Thailand's Grand Canyon with ILP

What Can I Do There? 

That’s up to you — you can lounge on bamboo rafts and catch some sun, take a dip in the clear waters, or rent an inner tube and float the afternoon away. There’s also a zipline you can do, and for any thrill seekers, you can take a jump off the canyon into the water. Slide down water slides, get some rock climbing in and play on the blow-up obstacle courses. Sometimes, there’s a huge inflatable “pillow” on the little lake you can jump on and launch your friends off of. So fun. 

How Much Does It Cost? 

There are a couple different prices, but you want the 300-350 Baht price (just under $10 USD … seriously!) There will be less expensive entrance fees but they only allow you to look at the park, or don’t let you get into the water, which is no fun at all. Make sure you grab the right ticket so you can really enjoy the entire park.

Get The Insider's Tips + The Address 

The Hang Dong Canyon (aka the Chiang Man Grand Canyon) is less than an hour drive from the busy city center of Chiang Mai. Here’s the name in Thai so you can show a tuk-tuk or taxi driver to take you there for the day:


Just so you know, there are a few little restaurants you can eat at (outside food and drinks are technically prohibited but we recommend bringing in your own water because it gets hot!!). Head to the cafe for fresh fruit smoothies, juice, rice and noodle dishes and BBQ chicken skewers with peanut sauce. Or, soak up the tropical vibe with a fresh coconut. 

Life jackets and inner tubes are available to rent (anywhere from $0.80 to $1.50). It’s smart to pack your own towel and to wear sandals that can get wet — the grounds are pretty rocky so you’ll want shoes to wear around the park. 

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Other Things To Do In Chiang Mai 

There is a lot to keep you busy — like spending an afternoon bathing and feeding an elephant (here’s how to find the best elephant parks). Oh, and don’t forget about all the shopping — see if you can find the cheapest things to buy in Thailand at one of the Chiang Mai markets.  Typically, ILP volunteers living in Thailand (which is one of ILP’s exchange programs … but we also have humanitarian programs too!) spend a few days on vacation in Chiang Mai to make sure they fit everything in. 

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