Learning to truly enjoy life again is an important part of the recovery process. The Cabin Chiang Mai is fortunate to be located in a part of the world renowned for its natural beauty and wealth of cultural attractions such as white water rafting, zip lining, elephant parks and much more. While you’re with us, we’ll encourage you to make the most of Chiang Mai’s natural and cultural splendour by participating in the wide variety of professionally operated activities we organise every Sunday. Depending on the length of your treatment programme, you’ll have the opportunity to go on anywhere from two to 12 different excursions. During each one, you’ll be under the watchful care of our clinical support team at all times. Every Sunday, we select three activities from this list and then let clients choose which activity they would like to do on that day. Below are the excursions we offer:
Spend a day cycling in and around the famous Chiang Mai Old City, visiting local Thai markets and impressive ancient temples throughout. After seeing the sights, cycle along the beautiful Huay Tung Tao lake at the base of the mountains, stopping in at a bamboo hut for refreshments – and a refreshing swim, if you like.
White Water Rafting
Embark on a thrilling white water adventure on the gushing Mae Tang River. For almost three hours, you’ll be lifted and thrown through multiple Grade 3 and 4 rapids. Of course, the intensity is broken up by calmer stretches of leisurely floating – where you get to enjoy the beauty of the lush tropical rainforests and quaint riverside villages. Each trip is supervised by experienced guides, meeting international standards of safety.
Thai Cooking Class
This one-day cooking class gives you a full-flavoured taste of Thailand’s famed cuisine. It begins with a visit to a local market where you learn to identify popular Thai cooking ingredients and what can be used as substitutes for them. Upon arrival at the school, you’ll be taken on a tour of its organic farm to pick the produce to be used in your cooking. You’ll get your own cooking station and have the opportunity to prepare a total of five dishes. The highlight, of course, is sitting down with your new friends to share and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Bowling and Cinema Outing
Is bowling a favourite pastime for you? Spend an afternoon playing a couple of games against your peers at our local 10-pin bowling alley. Whether you’re a competitive or casual player, you’ll lose yourself in the fun. But no game is complete without a warm up: before bowling, spend the morning taking in a new-release movie at our luxurious local theatre, followed by a scrumptious lunch.
Spend the day trekking through dense tropical jungle in an untouched natural ecosystem on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Here, surrounded by exotic tropical fauna, you’ll get the chance to abseil down a limestone waterfall under the guidance of professional guides. At the bottom of the waterfall, there’s a natural ‘Jacuzzi’ where you can relax and cool down in clear, clean water – the perfect counterbalance to your heart-pounding abseiling adventure.
Cycle and Kayak in a National Park
Spend a day immersed in the beauty of the jungle – and the water. First, you’ll embark on a scenic cycling trip along 20 kilometers of rural country lanes to the beautiful Mae Ngud Dam in the Sri Lanna National Park. When you arrive, swap your bike for a kayak and take a paddle on the water. Finally, enjoy a delicious Thai lunch overlooking picturesque Mae Ngat dam followed by a lazy afternoon of relaxing or swimming before cycling back via the same route.
Zip Line Tour
For our more adventurous clients, there is the opportunity to spend a morning whizzing through rainforests 80 metres above the ground, punctuated with bouts of rope ladder climbing, bamboo bridge crossing and other similar balancing acts, while connected only to a cable. The zip line ride operators will fit you out with all the necessary safety equipment and accompany you on the ride of your life, which is made up of 16 zip lines of varying lengths, 35 platforms, 3 abseil drops (15, 20 and 40 meters) and other challenges.
Ice Skating and Cinema Outing
Fancy a break from the tropical heat? Strap on your skates and spend the morning gliding across the ice, sheltered from the sun. Whether you’re just learning to skate or comfortable doing tricks, this is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip. After you’ve finished skating, wind down by seeing a new-release movie at our plush local theatre, followed by a delicious lunch.
Taking a tour of Chiang Mai’s three main temples – ancient edifices featuring intricate carvings and ornate hand painted murals – is a must for art and culture buffs. Wat Phra Sing, built in 1345, is a premium example of Northern Thai architecture. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly revered statue. Wat Chedi Luang, built in 144, features a towering, ruined Lanna-style pagoda in an architecturally compelling compound. Original home of the Emerald Buddha (now housed in Bangkok) you can now view a jade replica in its place. Wat Chiang Mun, built in 1297, is the city’s oldest temple and home to several very ancient and important Buddha images.
Elephant Park Visit
The Baanchang Elephant Park is a non-profit rehabilitation centre for elephants rescued from animal abuse operations. During your visit, you’ll be given an in-depth introduction to Thailand’s elephants – our national beast. You can also feed them, bathe them, learn how to make them answer to commands and even take a ride on one, if you fancy. All of the money the park makes from visitor fees is used to care for the elephants.
If golf is your game, why not spend the morning playing a round at Lanna Golf Club located in the heart of Chiang Mai? You’ll practice at the driving range before being collected by your personal caddy, who will drive you around the course in a private golf cart and help you to select the right club for each hole. After your game, you’ll be given a taste of home at a Western-style restaurant.
Lounging at the Lake
Spend the day immersed in nature and in pure relaxation, floating in the middle of a serene reservoir on a houseboat-cum-restaurant. While here, you can dive off of the houseboat and swim in the clean surrounding water, get in a kayak and paddle around the lake or pamper yourself with a Thai massage on board. Lunch is a delicious affair of local Thai favourites and freshwater catch.
Bowling and Fishing Adventure
Fancy a little bit of friendly competition? Challenge your peers to a few games of lawn bowls. After the pins have fallen where they may, you’ll be on your way to a fishing lake in Lampun to meet your friendly local guide and learn to perfect your technique before doing some casting on your own. While there, you’ll eat a lovely lakeside Thai lunch, including fresh-caught fish.
Umbrella Factory Experience
One of Chiang Mai’s most famous symbols is the colourful Sa Paper parasol, made from the barks of Mulberry trees that grow in the surrounding hills, traditionally carried by ladies to ward off the sun. Visit the Bo Sang Handicrafts Centre to watch the parasols being assembled and hand painted with intricate designs – an unforgettable cultural experience. While there, explore the large handicrafts showroom offering a variety of trinkets made from Sa Paper, such as hand fans and decorative stationary, which you can pick up as mementos. Afterward, wind down by watching a new-release movie at our local theatre, followed by a Western feast.
Trekking and Bamboo Rafting
Immerse yourself in the Thai wilderness by spending a day trekking through the jungle and rafting along the river. You’ll start your day by hiking to a beautiful waterfall, where you can swim, cool off and enjoy some light refreshments. While there, you’ll eat a delicious Thai-style lunch by the water, followed by local fruits for dessert. Afterward, you’ll relax on a traditional bamboo raft and enjoy the beautiful scenery as your guide paddles you along the water.
A Day in the Life
This excursion truly captures some of the unique elements of Thailand. You’ll participate in a variety of activities throughout the day – starting at the Maetaman Elephant Camp, where you get to walk amidst the gentle giants. We then make our way to a small rice paddy to do some hands-on rice farming and harvesting. Then it’s time to enjoy a home-cooked lunch in an authentic, teak Lanna-style house. Finally, the highlight of the trip: teaching English to the children of a Hmong Hill Tribe village located in the surrounding mountains – providing a fun and educational experience for all involved.
Water Park Fun
Chiang Mai’s newest water park is the perfect place to escape the tropical heat. Spend all day bonding with your new friends and cooling off as you enjoy the slides and have fun in the pools. After you’ve had your fill of the water, satisfy the appetite you’ve worked up with a feast at the water park restaurant.