New Year, New Fun
As we welcome in the Thai new year, it is about time we all found some new places to go and have fun with friends and family. Apart from the Tube Trek water park we featured this month, here are a few other fun days out for you to try out this month.
Elephant Parade Land
Elephant Parade is a social enterprise that runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues, often seen in cities across the world such as London, Florida, Singapore, Rotterdam, Bangkok and most recently, their home base Chiang Mai over the New Year. Their latest opening is a museum/activity centre located at their HQ offices that offer you a chance to explore the world of Elephant Parade first hand, from watching the professional artists work hard at painting each and every elephant, big and small, to learning about what Elephant Parade do for elephant conservation and the partners they work with. At the end, why not try your hand at painting your own elephant with their painting station ready and waiting for visitors of all artistry skill levels. A fun little adventure, and a great place to pop into before heading to the Hidden Village across the road!
Friendly Slip N Fly
If big water parks are less your thing and you are more into staying around town and hanging out with the cool kids, then check out the Friendly Slip N Fly in Santitham. Their main attraction is of course, the two towering sliders that shoot you high into the air before falling into the pool below. There is also smaller slides for kids, inflatables and a nice area to relax and enjoy a coffee or some beers, cocktails or other drinks with your friends while listening to a live band and munching on some healthy food (or grilled if you prefer). 180 baht weekdays or 210 baht for weekends (400 baht for foreign tourists), it is a nice cheap alternative to the other parks out there. Children and students get in for 100 baht (140 baht on weekends), and they even have a monthly rate for those who are mad enough to make an average of 2 visits a week!
59 Sirithorn Road, Santitham
082 932 0243
Facebook: Friendly Slip N Fly
With massive signs along the second ring-road, the Hidden Village is not all that hidden, but for good reason…everyone should check it out. As you walk into the wild park of mystery, you feel like Alice in Wonderland with huge butterflies and bugs greeting you as you head inside towards a petting zoo filled with goats, sheep, rabbits and more. Over the next couple of months they will be bringing in even more animals so stay tuned. But the stars of the show must be the massive dinosaurs that tower over you as you enter the lost world of Dinosaur Village. Keep your wits about you however, as if you are caught unawares you may spill your can of pop all over you as a T-Rex roars at you as you walk past. Powered by international-grade animatronics, they are lifelike as can be and great for a new and exciting day out with the kids. 100 baht (200 baht for tourists) entry and kids under 100cm are free!
Open 9am – 7pm
77/19 Moo 6 Sanphiseua (opposite the Elephant Parade House)
Facebook: Hidden Village Chiangmai
064 550 0305