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Our most recommended Northern Thailand Family-friendly Activities

Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

1. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

2. Chiang Mai: Grand Canyon Water Park Ticket

Spend the day exploring the only outdoor water park in northern Chiang Mai with an area of over 35 acres. The park offers various outdoor activities including giant sliders over 10 meters in length. Experience canoeing and kayaking and marvel at the panoramic view of Grand Canyon Water Park. Enjoy the zip line that has 2 lines, over 400 meters in length, which cross over the Grand Canyon water. Experience the only wakeboarding in Chiang Mai and the Northern part of Thailand. The park ensures safety and convenience with life jackets for all swimmers, as well as certified and well-trained lifeguards on site. 

Chiang Mai: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show & Optional Transfer

3. Chiang Mai: Siam Dragon Cabaret Show & Optional Transfer

Spend an entertaining night out in Chiang Mai city by grabbing your entrance ticket to Siam Dragon Cabaret Show. Witness the colorful yet captivating performance in the 400-seater theatre. Select between Standard and VIP seating and an optional hotel transfer from your Chiang Mai city center hotel. Siam Dragon Cabaret Show is a fun and entertaining performance that incorporates cabaret in a refined and creative way plus a variety of modern dance styles, and various inspiring Thai cultural dances and songs. During the 70-minute show, watch the professional and skilled performers as they share with you the story of Thailand.

Chiang Mai 3-Hour ATV & White-Water Rafting Adventure

4. Chiang Mai 3-Hour ATV & White-Water Rafting Adventure

Before starting your activity, a safety orientation and state-of-the-art helmets and life vests are provided. The first 3-hour ATV (all-terrain vehicle) trip is set up for beginner to intermediate-level drivers. It covers roughly 40-kilometers in distance and is a mix of road and off-road jungle terrain. It’s well-suited for those that would like to explore the local countryside and see it a different way. After the ATV, the 10-kilometer white-water rafting will begin. It's broken into 3 sections. The first section is a great warm-up where you learn skills practising with the guides and getting used to the boat. This section has one class III and is probably the most beautiful section of the river with the encroaching jungle offering lots of shade. The second section is action-packed with rapids and is probably the best white water in Thailand. Most of this section is class III and IV rapids. The third section lets up in the beginning giving you some time to relax before entering a great class III rapid, leading into a short continuous section of rapids that goes almost all the way to the take out where the camp is. Towels and shower facilities will be provided when you finish before heading home. Make sure you bring a second set of dry clothes so you can ride home comfortablly.

Chiang Mai: Art in Paradise Illusion Museum Entry Ticket

5. Chiang Mai: Art in Paradise Illusion Museum Entry Ticket

Explore your creative side at the unique Art in Paradise illusion museum in Chiang Mai. Interact with the art in amusing ways. Discover the special painting techniques used to create 3D images on flat surfaces. Bring the whole family along for a unique and exciting experience.  Pose for unusual selfies in front of more than 130 paintings inside the museum. Discover the many different zones, including the underwater-world zone, which depicts various marine species including mermaids, the wildlife zone, which includes paintings themed after various animals, and the classic art zone, which contains pieces from world-class painters.  There are also zones based on well-known destinations which provide the illusion of really being there. The East zone consists of paintings of Korean, Thai, and Khmer architecture, while the Ancient Egypt zone situates visitors within desert atmospheres or in the Pharaoh's Tomb.

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What people are saying about Northern Thailand

One of our favourite experiences in Chiang Mai! We learned how to cook some traditional Thai dishes and they all tasted fantastic. We loved the organic farm tour where we not only picked fresh flowers and herbs, we also picked up fresh eggs from their chicken pen. It's so unique compared to other cooking school experiences we've tried.

Unbelievable experience, beyond expectations. The location is beautiful with food sourced from the garden on site. The food was incredible and we ate as we made each dish (make sure you come hungry as there is lots of food to eat!) also the staff are so lovely and informative. We had an amazing afternoon.

Great farm setting. Gob, our cooking instructor, showed us the garden, identifying the herbs and vegetables we were going to use. He also explained all the seasoning ingredients thoroughly.

I had a wonderful day. K Oliver was right on time and K. Noi was a wonderful guide and a great teacher. Definitely recommend

Such a great day! Anne our chef was fab and we had such fun. Highly recommend but bring bug spray, it’s tropical!!