During and right after the rainy
season, the Mae Taeng River offers
exciting whitewater rafting in rub-
ber boats for 4 to 8 persons. The
first 5-kilometer section between
Ban Sabai and Bang Kow is rated
between levels two and three and
gives everyone a good chance to
get accustomed to their boats and
paddles. After this, there is a 2-ki-
lomter stretch that takes you to Ban
Huey Machang, where the rapids
become iercer with ratings of four
to ive. This is where the teamwork
really comes in as you pass over
seven to eight churning rapids. The
last section, approximately 4 kilome-
ters, is a little smoother, with ratings
of level three to four. For optimum
fun, it’s best to go sometime in July
or August.
Three recommended companies:
Chiang Mai Adventure
23/1 Sriphumi Road, Sriphumi Sub-dis-
trict, Muang District, Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 (0) 5341 8197, +66 (0) 5341
Siam River Adventure
69/1 Phakmai Road, Phra Singha Sub-
district, Muang District, Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 (0) 5320 6838

Siam Eco Life
172 Downtown Inn 1st Floor, Loi khroh
Road, Chang Khlan Sub-district, Muang
District, Chiang Mai
Tel: +66 (0) 5328 1790, +66 (0) 5327 0662
ext. 803
  years. The entire light is over two kilome-
ters, making it the longest in the region.
The Guinness Book of World Records will
also be naming one of their platforms, as
high as a six-story building, the tallest in
the world.
But don’t be afraid. Each group goes with
two specially trained guides. Each lyer
wears a certified harness and is never
unclipped from a cable. The cables are
so strong that couples can even swing
In the past, many gibbons could be heard
in the trees, the females giving their mat-
ing call, “Puwa…Puwa”, but today the
screams are of a irst moment of fear, fol-
lowed by exhilaration.

  An hour or so from Chiang Mai, depend-
ing on the driver, and 1,300 meters above
sea level brings you to the village Mae
Kampong and the Treetop Canopy Eco-
tour, ‘Flight of the Gibbon’. For about three
hours, you will be taken on an adventure,
swinging above and soaring across the
forest tracks and streams far, far below.
Glide through an ingenious system of
platforms, sky bridges and cables span-
ning hundreds of meters between tower-
ing timbers in a rainforest as old as 1500
Once the adrenaline has calmed, you wil
be taken on a short trek to a nearby water
fall, which lows year round, but especially
cascades with frothy force during the rainy
season. No matter the time of year, though
it is deinitely a cold mountain atmosphere
After the excitement, enjoy a delightful mea
of local cuisine in a small wooden restau
rant set above a fast lowing stream. Then
if you haven’t visited the village, make sure
you do so before heading back into town.
You should definitely make reserva-
tions before heading up. This is quickly
becoming one of Chiang Mai’s highlight
attractions and the number of lyers per
day is limited.
Tree Top Asia
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (08) 9970 55 11
Email: info@treetopasia
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned pro,
Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures has
the ideal quest for you. Take an introductory
course then challenge yourself on a number
of different climb routes. Go caving in Crazy
Horse Buttress, learn advanced climbing
skills and enjoy the surrounding beauty of
the Mae On farming valley at this thrill seek-
ers paradise.
55/3 Ratchapakhinai Road, Phra Singh
Sub-district, Muang District, Chiang Mai
50200, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5320 7102
Fax: +66 (0) 5320 7103
  Experience the full throttle excitement of an
extreme ATV adventure in Chiang Mai’s Mae
Rim Valley. Traverse rugged jungle terrain and
push yourself to the limits, while savoring the
surrounding beauty. Ride as a passenger or
dare to drive yourself, either way the 45-kilo-
meter trek is the experience of a lifetime.
53 Moo 9, Rintr Garden Resort KM10, Mae
Rim-Samoeng Road, Mae Ram Sub-district,
Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5384 4814
Fax: +66 (0) 5384 4814
  Adrenalin junkies rejoice, the Chiang Mai
Xtreme Sports center offers a variety of
stimulating activities designed to get your
heart pumping. Kick up mud in the jungle
on a pulse accelerating off road buggy.
Push your courage to the limit and free
fall 50-meters from the X-Center bungy
platform. Take a spin in a dirt track drifter
go-kart or go to battle at the paintball war-
zone. No matter what thrill you seek, the
X-Center has you covered.
816 Moo 1, Rim Tai Sub-district, Mae Rim
District, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5329 7700
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 7710
  Cruise through the jungle in a powerful
2-seat off-road buggy and view a side of
Chiang Mai that few visitors ever see. The
rugged course will test your nerve and chal-
lenge your driving skills. Buggies are easy
to operate, but customers must be licensed
drivers and capable of using a manual
816 Moo 1, Rim Tai Sub-district, Mae Rim
District, Chiang Mai 50180 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5329 7700
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 7710
  High above the jungle canopy your
pulse accelerates as you stare at the
ground 165-feet below. Get ready for
the ultimate adrenaline rush and free
fall from the X-Center jungle bungy
platform. Operated by certiied jump-
masters, with a 100% safety record,
customers can be assured of an in-
tense and memorable experience.
816 Moo 1, Rim Tai Sub-district,
Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180
Tel: +66 (0) 5329 7700
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 7710
Put on your war paint and get ready to enter
the battle zone. The exhilarating game of
paintball will test your combat poise in a
large jungle environment. Outitted with the
best equipment and latest safety gear, the
X-Center welcomes both pros and rookies to
duke it out on the battle ield.
816 Moo 1, Rim Tai Sub-district, Mae Rim Dis-
trict, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5329 7700
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 7710
  What a way to see dawn rise over Chiang Mai and the Ping River Valley. Your day has to start early as the safest, most stable conditions are early morning, about two hours after sunrise. The balloon, or envelope, is produced from rip stop and stainless steel wires, while the wicker basket is handmade. After taking off, your pilot will control altitude and the retrieve team will follow you as you drift on the thermal waves. You are just left to gaze at the panoramic vistas. The lights can be booked after the rains and during the cool season, from mid October to mid
March. The best time is anytime before or just after New Year, after that the air can get petty hazy. Flyers arrive before dawn and the exact time of takeoff will depend on the weather. If conditions are unfavorable, the pilot will post-
pone your light. They are seldom cancelled. But safety always comes irst! After landing, you will
be served a champagne breakfast to toast
your exploits. You will also be presented a
certiicate for reaching new heights. The entire
experience takes about four hours.
If you have the chance, plan your trip around
13-15 February 2009, when Earth Wind & Fire,
which is organizing the Thailand International
Balloon Festival at Khao Yai in early Decem-
ber 2008, hosts the Chiang Mai International
Heritage Festival, which will include special
concerts, dance exhibitions, fashion shows
and food festivals in addition to ballooning
with representatives from over 30 countries.
Earth Wind and Fire Company Limited
158/60 Moo 6 Cheungdoi, Doi Saket District
Chiang Mai 50220 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5329 2224
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 2226
Located in an up-market rural residential area 15 kilometers to the north of the center of Chiang Mai
City, the Green Valley Country Club is set amidst a landscape of trees and lakes near the banks of the
Ping River. With a backdrop of distant mountains, and fanned by prevailing winds, the ample green
setting and numerous changes of elevation provide opportunities to challenge all levels of goling skills.
The professionally managed par 72 course offers three sets of tees (blue 7,202 yds, white 6,490 yds, red 5,509 yds).Guests arrive by car at the second
loor of the clubhouse, which contains the lobby bar and restaurant as well as a function and conference
room. The third loor is reserved for committee use, while the ground floor is reserved for golfers and
includes locker rooms, sauna and steam rooms, as well as a lounge and VIP room, pro shop and game room.186 Moo 1, Chotana Road, Mae Sa Sub-district, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tel: +66 (0) 5329 8220-3
Fax: +66 (0) 5329 7426
  A mere 30 minutes by car from downtown Chiang Mai, the Mae Jo Golf Club provides players of all levels a choice of tees for the par-72 course set in rolling countryside (yellow tees 6,537 yards, white tees 6,199 yards, red tees 5,511 yards). With fairways set between mature fruit trees and ine views of distant moun-
tains, the course also features several elevated tees, providing greater challenge and interest as well as opportunities to appreciate the surrounding mountain scenery. The clubhouse has the necessary services for golfers as well as a terrace and restaurant where players can relax and enjoy the sun setting behind the
distant summits.

112 Moo 7, Ban Sriboonrung, Pahpai Sub-district, Sansai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5335 4431-2
Fax: +66 (0) 5335 4433
Set across from a river and former rice terraces,the Gassan Khuntan golf course offers undulat-
ing greens and crowned fairways between treesand water. Golfers are challenged to take shots
across the hazards on this 7062 yard par-72,eighteen-hole course, while offering less skilled
players greater opportunity to improve their game. Located near Khuntan National Park, famed for the railway tunnel that carries the northern line over the pass between Lampang and Chiang Mai
provinces and its signature hole next to the landmark railway bridge crossing the Mae Tha River in the valley below, the course, clubhouse and hotel provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy this scenic part of Northern Thailand.

222 Moo 3, Thapladuk, Mae Tha Subdistrict, Lamphun District, Chaing Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5350 7006-8
Fax: +66 (0) 5350 7014, +66 (0) 5350 7218
This luxurious golf course, located in one of the largest golf areas of the north, offers a safe and quiet environment suitable for families and children.As one of the best and most prestigious
golf courses in Thailand, Gassan Lake City offers beginner routes as well as challenging professional level routes,designed to test your nerve and skill. In addition to the outstanding course, there is also a first-class resort and
clubhouse located on the property. A ine Thai restaurant, Karaoke, Seminar Rooms, and Pro Shop are just some of the facilities available at this high-class venue.Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort
222 Moo 3 Thapladuk, Mae Tha Sub-
district, Lamphun District, Chiang Mai 51140, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5350 7006-8
Fax: +66 (0) 5350 7014, +66 (0) 5350
The irst to open here, the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School has a long experience of adapting local wisdom into five day cooking programs, offered as a foundation course. Students may join on any
day of the ive day course, which runs on a rotational basis, the schedule of which can easily beconsultedon the Cookery School’s website for those who want to be in at the beginning for the ‘Introduction to
Thai Ingredients’. Those who want to buildon their existing skills can opt to study anyone or more of the other ive-day coursesand choose one of ive set menus to prepare in ‘Master Classes’ offered during the
evenings. The Cookery School has two learning sites.One is very conveniently located by the Wok
Restaurant in Chiang Mai’s Old City, while the other is in the tranquil, rural environment of the owner’s home a few kilometers away from the city. All students have their own preparation tables and gas rings, so there can never be a dull moment when a student is neither preparing the food nor eating what
they have created. Bon appetit!

47/2 Moon Muang Road (opposite Tha PaeGate), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5320 6388, +66 (0) 5320 6315
Fax: +66 (0) 5320 6387
The Thai International Food Academy offers everyone a chance to learn to cook with other Thais as fellow students. Founded by TV celebrity chef Yingsak Jonglertjesdawong, the
Chiang Mai branch of his Thai and International Food Academy offers instruction on a large choice of Thai dishes and baked foods. An English speaking staff member is available to teach foreigners who do not un-
derstand enough Thai to join in with regular classes.Conveniently located in a medium rise
building to the north of the city center, the teaching kitchen is spacious and
well equipped for small groups. With a range
of over ifty 15-hour courses, the variety of
foods that can be prepared are large. Three-
hour periods are spread over 5 to 7 days,
allowing students to choose between morn-
ings, afternoons or evenings as their preferred
time of study.
214/1 Chotona Road, Muang District, Chiang
Mai, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 5341 2377-8
Fax: +66 (0) 5341 2379