Laughter is a great tonic. Doing something out of your comfort zone can also give you an exhilarating thrill. Chiang Mai has an abundance of nature adventures from zip lining above canopies to abseiling down cliff faces, but if you want a bit of man-made mayhem, then Chiang Mai Adventure Land is here to blow away those cobwebs and revitalise your mind and body.
After extensive planning, designing, engineering all with a budget reaching well over 20 million baht, Chiang Mai Adventure Land was born to the proud parents of a local Thai family in San Sai District. The adventure-park-come-resort was the brain child of Nai and her husband Mack. The couple and their two sons have always loved adventure playgrounds, so instead of seeking them out elsewhere, they decided to build their very own right on their doorstep.
So what’s on offer? Start off with the ten-metre rock climbing wall, scale on up for a good view of the park. Safety equipment is provided, and there are two expert climbing guides to oversee, advise and get you securely harnessed in, up and back down safely. Next a Citylife favourite; the flying fox. A fair amount of trembling at the top before you let yourself go and soar down the zip-line, feeling free as a bird…elation and pure adrenalin! Follow that with a hysterical time in the zorb ball; this ginormous florescent pink inflatable ball, ten foot in diametre, is going to make you laugh, cry, scream, shout and possibly swear as two people, both strapped to opposite sides of the sphere are pushed rolling and rollicking down a hill. The ride lasts about one minute. Rolling up and over parallel to your wailing friend inside of a human-hamster-ball is simply brilliant fun.
Other activities on offer at the park are abseiling, a sky bridge, a giant climbing frame, an Indiana Jones style tightrope, a hill tribe swing, hill skiing, horse riding, fishing and a cashew nut factory (as you do!). In the vicinity the owners have also set up a small animal farm, vegetable patch, orchard and camping area. Guests can chose from a variety of mix-and-match packages which include different activities, or you can customise your own trip. You can either visit for a day, or there is the option to stay overnight in the spanking new onsite accommodation. The park sits in the middle of the countryside, so it’s pleasant to spend a bit of time wandering past the rice paddies, through leafy lanes, the local temple and village. A trip to the park includes transportation, insurance and meals and drinks. The staff was very friendly and eager to please.
One thing which struck us was the level of safety. The employees are all specifically trained to ensure the safety of guests. The safety equipment is top notch, and we felt that we were in good hands.
So if you have some time on your hands and feel like having a really fun and adventurous day out with friends or family, this is it. The park would also be perfect for a company team building trip or a school or social club jaunt.
There’s nothing better than a bit of shared excitement, nervousness and pleasure to bring people together. And after an action packed day, fresh air, sunshine and a good quota of laughter you are sure to sleep like a baby, just what the doctor ordered.
4 Moo 6 Sansai, Sansai, Chiang Mai, 50210
053 492 413, 081 783 2815, 081 783 6994