Saturday, 28 June 2008

Adventurous Chiang Mai - Fun for Your Teenager in Thailand

Chiang Mai, also known as the "northern rose" of Thailand, has a wide variety of activities and attractions for all those thrill and adrenaline junkies. One of the oldest cities, located in the north of Thailand, Chiang Mai, is surrounded by mountains with the city in the valley.

If shopping and touring the city doesn't make you tick, Chiang Mai offers numerous adrenaline pumping activities including bungee jumping, paintballing, white water rafting, rock climbing, spelunking, and has vehicles such as atvs and dirt bikes for rental.

If you are a bit tight on money, other lower costing activities include, hiking through local mountains at national parks, renting a mountain bike and biking through dirt trails on nearby mountains, or simply grabbing a sleeping bag and tent and going camping at national parks throughout the surrounding mountains.

If you have a little extra cash to spend on fun and excitement, there are three fantastic paintball businesses, each with different styles of courses. These facilities provide gear which includes clothing, guns, and paintballs, prices will vary from 300 to 400 baht, which is about 8 to 13 US dollars.

Another thrilling activity includes bungee jumping. There is a bungee jumping area at the X-center with a 50 meter jump over a lake. The cost includes, the jump, a free t-shirt, and pictures. The price comes out to about 1800 baht, equivalent to about 55 US dollars, but gets cheaper for every consecutive jump.

If you like the outdoors, Chiang Mai has two well qualified rock climbing businesses, the Peak and Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Club. These two establishments have rock climbing training courses and equipment for those experienced climbers that could not bring their gear along to Thailand. They also have climbing walls. There is a place 45 minutes out of the city called Crazy Horse where climbers from all over the world come to climb its 70 plus routes from beginner to advance courses. This mountain face also has caves for those interested in looking inside the mountain.

Another exciting activity is off road atv'ing. There are companies that rent out atv's for tourists to ride on the mountain trails. They offer tours of one to three day trips, as well. As you can see from all these adventurous activities, Chiang Mai is a place where your teenager will not be bored. For your next family vacation, come visit Chiang Mai, where there are activities for everyone in your family.

Duane Zimmerman currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand with his family. He writes travel articles about Thailand. For more information visit

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