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Lake Huay Tung Tao Fresh Water Reservoir, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Updated on November 16, 2012

Lake Huay Tung Tao
Lake Huay Tung Tao is also known as "Chiang Mai Beach". The lake is actually a giant man made reservoir located in a provincial park. The cost of entry is a minimal 20THB (less than 1USD). The lake is quiet during the week, however it becomes crowded on the weekend as locals enjoy the swimming and boating on the lake. The lake and its surrounding area is said to have been donated by the Royal Family as a tourist destination and offers various activities such as paintball, paddle boats, fishing, mountain biking, camping, and a swimming area.

Map Showing Lake HuaY Tung Tao
Map Showing Lake HuaY Tung Tao

Lake Huay Tung Tao is located approximately 12KM from the city center of Chiang Mai. To get there from the city, you would drive north on the canal road towards Mae Rim, passing the 700 year stadium. There will be a sign to turn left off the canal road approximately 2KM past the 700 year stadium, follow the sign to the security gate, where you will be charged a 20THB fee. Continue through the gate to the lake just a few hundred meters. There is a map attached to this article for your convenience.

It seems that wherever you travel in Thailand, there will always be food for sale. Thai people love eating and drinking about as much as they like relaxing. There are several bamboo huts along the lake shore that belong to a local restaurant serving Thai food and drinks. Most of the customers are Thai, so the prices at these restaurants will be very low. You should always check the language on the menu, and be wary of any menu that has English only. If a menu is only written in English, you can bet that there is a separate menu in Thai language with everything at half the price. Normally if you let the staff know that you are wise to this trick, they will allow you to order off the Thai menu. The most common dishes at these restaurants will be Thai Style B.B.Q. chicken and pork, papaya salads and spicy minced meat salads. These are great snack foods that go well with cold beer.

Off Road To Doi Suthep

There is an off road trail used by mountain bikes and off road vehicles that leads from Lake Huay Tung Tao to the Doi Suthep Temple. It is not recommended to try this route in a car or on a normal motorbike. There are adventure tour groups that organize day trips between the Huay Tung Tao lake and the Temple at Doi Suthep. The drive will take you from the lake to the bottom of the mountain which is in the area of Suthep - Pui National Park, with a stop at the Hmong hill tribe village for lunch.

All the photos and video of the lake and surrounding area that you see in this article are taken by "Heli-Asia", using their remote controlled helicopter with remote camera mount. The helicopter travelled to over 120 meters above the lake and hovered there using a sophisticated flight control system that allows the helicopter to remain at the same altitude for a long period of time. The camera mount is controlled remotely from the ground, and there is a live video feed showing the viewer of the camera. It takes 2 experienced technicians to operate the helicopter and the camera. Using a series of still photos taken at various different angles, Heli-Asia also created a spherical image of the lake and surrounding area.




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      4 years ago

      Thanks Mon! Nothing close to beautiful like yours...but more mind bgiolgng. This year she used less effort to make her card but made me use more effort to read her card. It was on a "giddy-looking" pattern paper and she wrote all the words around the pattern in a trail with so tiny words that I had to follow in order to get her message. And alas,feeling a sense of sympathy for her mum with presbyopia, she has put the answer key behind the card should I fail to trace it. LOLAnyway it is very characteristic of her to tease me whenever she gets a chance. I just have to accept her as uniquely her... We are uniquely bestowed to each other by God to accept each other's nonsense. :Dqx

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      4 years ago

      I told my grdmhnotaer how you helped. She said, "bake them a cake!"

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      Prisana Nuechterlein 

      7 years ago from Thailand and Colorado

      Another really informative hub! Wonder if you can waterski here? Fantastic aerial shots. Your hubs have really nice lay outs and always great links to your other hubs.

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      7 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia


      I know the Army doesn't much like the RC helicopter flying so close to their land, I think they have land beside the lake, but the lake is supposed to be donated by the Royal Family for the public.

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      7 years ago

      I believe this is all army land. Actually, there are army men and checkpoints at the back of the lake as soon as you head up the trail offroading. At one point, these army guys were even collecting the entrance fee for entering that way. There is also lots of army training going on back there regularly.

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Often meant to day. Thank you for this hub.


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