Life in Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai is quickly growing as one of the best destinations in Southeast Asia. In your free time, there are limitless things to do and see, including:

Cooking Schools
Learn how to cook amazing Thai dishes to cook for your friends and family upon your return home.

Elephant Riding
There are many humanitarian elephant riding camps. Some are designed to offer rehabilitation to elephants that have been abused by previous owners. Be sure to steer clear of any illegitimate elephant riding service.

Art and Dance
Chiang Mai hosts many art exhibits and dance performances throughout the year. Payap recently hosted an ASEAN international textiles symposium with keynote speakers from all over Asia. 

Studying abroad is a great time to read Jack Kerouac, George Orwell, Alex Garland, Annie Dillard, and more!

Muay Thai Boxing
Muay Thai boxing is Thailand’s unique martial art. Come and watch the fights or participate in training sessions for exercise.

There are dozens of waterfalls in and nearby Chiang Mai, including the famous Bua Tong Waterfall (also known as Sticky Waterfall), where you can literally climb up and down its multiple levels due to the minerals in the water creating a high friction bulbous rock formation down the mountain.

Yes, we have bowling in Thailand!

Volunteer Work
Volunteer once or regularly at one of the many organizations of your interest throughout Chiang Mai.

Great golf courses at a fraction of what you would pay in the West.

From walking streets, the Night Bazaar, to malls and shops, the shopping is great in Chiang Mai.

The Chiang Mai Zoo
We have a panda and even a place to play in the “snow”!

Get an hour-long massage for only about $5! You can also get certified in Thai massage while you’re here!

Day trips and weekend trips through Thai villages are a great way to get out of the city and see the countryside.