Taking the Plunge in Chiang Mai – some of the city’s best swimming pools

Another scorching hot day in Chiang Mai? Why not spend  the day  relaxing with friends and family at a nearby swimming pool?   Whether you’re looking to beat the heat, work on the tan, or chill out and unwind, we’ve got some great suggestions:

BABY POOL

A pool designed specifically for babies and kids welcomes pupils as young as four months old to come for a paddle or a swim. The salt pool is designed specifically for babies and is built with the latest technology to maintain excellent standards of hygiene which also has a sophisticated temperature control system. The indoor pool can be used year round as it also has heating for winter months.

Your child can learn how to swim even before taking his or her first step, and as parents, you can also join a course to fully share the experience with your child. Multiple studies have shown that swimming can enhance children’s cognitive and linguistic skills. Coaches are trained not only in swimming skills, but also in child development, and can give you individual feedback. Their teaching and swimming skills are guaranteed by certification from swimming associations in Australia and Europe.

8/28 Moo 2, Soi Baan Nam Mae 1, T. Chang Puak
Open 10.30 – 6pm (Tuesdays – Fridays) 9am – 6pm (Saturdays – Sundays)
Tel: 095 461 1212
Line ID: babypoolchiangmai
www.babypoolthailand.com

North Hill City Resort

Tucked away in Hang Dong and set on a spacious plot of land in Koolpunt Ville is this modern city resort, which is the sophisticated and chilled hangout you didn’t know you needed. Walk past the wood panelled modern lofty-ceilinged lobby and gaze towards the serene and inviting infinity pool with the lush green vistas of the resort’s garden beyond. There is also a super sexy pool bar and lounge with social day beds you just want to sprawl on with a refreshing drink and a tasty bite with friends, or if you prefer, a good book.

The salt water pool also has a kid’s area which is more shallow and safe for your young ones and there are comfortable lounge chairs for sunbathing set in the water, so you can splash your feet in the shallows while getting your tan on. The resort welcomes all who want to have a nice day out and just enjoy swimming in a stylishly designed ambience. The perfect spot for a lazy family Sunday.

188, Moo 9, Chiang Mai-Hang Dong Road, T. Baan Wan, A. Hang Dong
Open 7am – 9pm
Price: 400 baht per person
Tel. 053 333 111
[email protected]

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai

Shangri-La Chiang Mai has turned its resort swimming pool into a family friendly playground of aqua frolicking. The resort’s large free-form tropical swimming pool, the largest in town, has been decked out to add a fun giant 20 metre waterslide, and all sorts of water accoutrements in the splash zone to keep the little ones super busy all day long. A giant bucket is tipped over every once in a while to add some drama to the fun and there are fountains, water sprays, sprinklers and all sorts of gimmicks to keep the kids happy. The parents can also be blissed out with the great service from the pool side bar.

  • Day pass*(2 Adult + 2 Kids) 600 baht
  • Day pass*(1 Adult + 1 Kids) 350 baht
  • Extra Day pass 150 baht
  • Kid’s Class Activity (3pm – 4pm) free of charge (For kids aged 3 to 15 years old)

89/8 Chang Klan Road, T. Suthep
Open 7am – 7pm
Tel. 053 253 888
Facebook: shangrilachiangmai

Veranda

2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award-winner, Eco Resort on 109 Bumrungrad Road has an enormous pool that provides a serene oasis on a 6-acre botanical garden (with all the trees labelled for tree-huggers.) Five minutes out of  the Old City, a 400 baht entry day pass here will provide an escape from the summer swelter.

Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel

The pool is located on the 4th floor, and can be used by hotel guests and the general public, provided that you  buy an all-day pass for 150 baht. The pass allows use of the sauna, fitness club, shower, toilet, towels, and of course the pool. The pool is not Olympic length, but perfect for a relaxing day and has a separate shallow area for children. This isn’t the cheapest option, but if you want to spend time at a pool in Chiang Mai, it’s a convenient spot.

700 Year Stadium

About a 15 -minute drive away, along the Irrigation Canal Road, Route 121, towards Mae Rim is an Olympic Pool at the Seven Hundred Year Stadium. This is perfect for anyone who wants to intensively practice swimming, because the  length of the pool is 50 meters. Open daily from 8.00 am-8 pm, the entrance fee is 60 baht for adults, 40 baht for students and 20 baht for children. Within the complex, you can find many other activities including shooting, tennis and golf.