Many visitors to Thailand head to the northern city of Chiang Mai at some point during their visit. It has a good reputation as a place worth visiting due to its many and varied attractions. One such attraction, well known to residents but not at all well known by tourists, is Huay Tung Tao Lake.


Huay Tung Tao Lake

Huay Tung Tao Lake and Mountains
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Huay Tung Tao is a large reservoir and park area in a picturesque and natural countryside location about 30 minutes drive from Chiang Mai city area. There is a per-person admission charge of 20 baht ($1 = 32 baht).

Bamboo huts
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Lakeside bamboo huts

It's a great place to relax for an hour or two or more . There are lakeside huts (raised sheltered bamboo huts) where you can sit for as long as you like and order food and drink from the nearby restaurant. If you don't order food from the restaurant costing at least 300 baht total (not per person), then you need to pay 200 baht for the use of your lakeside hut.

Sandy beach at Huay Tung Tao Lake
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Sandy Lakeside Beach

With its sandy beaches it's a great lake for swimming and there are lots of shallow areas for kids. If you feel like exploring more of the lake, you can hire a swan-shaped pedal boat for an hour for 50 baht.


Pedal boats for hire - Huay Tung Tao Lake
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Pedal boats for hire

Getting There

Getting there by red songtaew minivan taxi one way will cost around 200 hundred baht. You can negotiate a return trip with the driver for around 400 baht and have him wait (or return) for you and take you back to the city again after a couple of hours or so - unless you intend staying all day. They're usually willing to negotiate  as they don't really want to return all the way back to Chiang Mai with no paying passengers onboard. It's a good option for visitors, too, as it can be difficult to find a taxi to take you back, especially as evening approaches.

If you want to drive there yourself by hired car or motorbike, see the map below (top left corner). The lake is well sign-posted. You can't miss it.

Huay Tung Tao - Location

Huay Tung Tao Lake (top left corner)