While living or traveling in Chiang Mai, it is easy to forget to remain active thanks to the city’s wide range of restaurants, bars and other entertainment options. Chiang Mai is an outstanding place to stay fit and healthy and with prices starting from as low as 60 THB per day, there is no excuse for not exercising. Several gyms are scattered throughout the city, offering courses, classes and equipment for everyone. Whether you prefer to exercise outside and enjoy the almost always fabulous weather, swim or just need a good and well-maintained gym, Chiang Mai got you covered.
Here are the best gyms and places to stay fit in Chiang Mai:
Powerhouse Gym Fitness Center
Operating in Chiang Mai for over seven years, Powerhouse Gym is the only fitness center in the country operating under this popular US brand. Following its slogan, Fitness for Happiness, the gym boasts a pleasant workout environment and a team of qualified, English-speaking trainers. The center contains a full range of exercise equipment, cardio machines and free weights as well as onsite sauna room, stretching area and lockers. Powerhouse’s trainers also run group exercise sessions such as Power Kick, Power Weight, Cycling, Aerobic Dancing and Introductory Aerobics classes. Finally, the gym has free Wifi, complementary accident insurance and a store selling smoothie drinks, protein powder and gym apparel. It is found on Soi 6, Nimmanhemin Road in Punna Place. Rates are a bit more expensive than other gyms but this is reflected in the better quality facilities:
- 13,500 Baht per year (exercise allowed anytime)
- 9,500 Baht per year (exercise allowed from 9am to 3pm)
- 400 Baht per day
- 2,500 Baht for a 10-visit coupon
The staff at Powerhouse may also provide discounts to those who visit in person. Opening hours are 6am to 9pm on Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm on Saturday and 1pm to 8pm on Sunday. For more information, call 0-5340-0521, 0-5321-0987 and 0-5321-7157 or send an email to <[email protected]>.
California WOW Xperience
Although California WOW Xperience has recently gone through financial difficulties, its Chiang Mai branch still remains open. This fitness center boasts a complete array of equipment including treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights and elliptical trainers. Members can also participate in a number of classes such as Group X (dance exercises), Wow Yoga and Pole Dancing. Those who prefer individual exercises can instead be supervised by their own personal trainer. This gym can be found on the 4th floor of Central Airport Plaza. It is open from 8am to 9pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 9pm on the weekends. To find out their rates, it is necessary to visit in person and talk with a member of staff as they are not allowed to give prices over the phone. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 0-5399-9499.
Home Fitness is found on the road behind the old Carrefour (now Big C) located on the Superhighway. This fitness center has a decent range of equipment and free weights. There is also a steam room. The gym can get crowded from 5pm to 7pm each day, so be prepared to wait for the machines if you arrive at this time. The rates here are as follows:
- Daily: 70 Baht
- Coupon: 450 Baht (10 visits within 20 days)
- 1 month: 1,000 Baht
- 2 months: 1,700 Baht
- 3 months: 2,300 Baht
- 6 months: 4,200 Baht
- 1 year: 7,200 Baht
Home Fitness also offers discounted rates if two people sign up at the same time. Here, the price for each pair is 4,200 Baht for 3 months, 7,700 Baht for 6 months or 13,500 Baht per year. For more information, call 086-4112453 or 053-850728-9. There is no email as Home Fitness does not have a website.
Strong Gym Chiang Mai (formerly known as Kawee Power Zone)
Strong Gym Chiang Mai has been operating for over 6 years on the 3rd floor of Kad Suon Kaew Shopping Centre. The selection of exercise machines and free weights here is more than satisfactory, and includes treadmills, exercise bikes and elliptical trainers. There are also lockers and a changing room onsite. At no extra cost, members can work with their own personal trainer if they wish. The Lotus Pang Suon Kaew Hotel’s swimming pool is also available with an entrance fee of 20 Baht. Kawee’s rates are very reasonable too:
- Daily: 70 Baht
- 1 month: 990 Baht
- 3 months: 1,990 Baht
- 6 months: 3,599 Baht
- 1 year: 5,500 Baht
There are also discounted rates if multiple people sign up at the same time. All prices listed below are per person.
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For more information, tel. 084-1720888, 089-2639992, 083-1524989 or 089-2642299. Open: daily, 08:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri)/09:00-21:00 (Sat-Sun)
Pilates Plus Studio
Those who want something more personal should visit Pilates Plus Studio. Found on Soi 6, Nimmanhemin Road in Punna Place, this fitness center offers one-on-one training in yoga, Pilates and kickboxing. They have four trainers available, each with a lengthy background in sports and fitness. In the studio’s main Pilates room, visitors will find a range of equipment designed to develop strength, balance and flexibility. There are also treadmills and free weights available as well as onsite showers and lockers. Pilates Plus Studios is open from 10am to 9pm from Monday to Saturday. Those interested can book a free trial session by calling 053-400301 and 08-2468-385 or emailing [email protected]
Hillside Fitness Center
Found on the 4th floor of the Hillside Plaza and Condotel on Huay Kaew Road, the Hillside Fitness Center is a small gym with great facilities. Visitors will find weights machines, treadmills, exercise bikes and cross-trainers. There are several classes available too, such as aerobics and yoga. Outside, there is also a large swimming pool which can be used for 50 Baht. The rates for the fitness center are competitive
- Daily: 100 Baht
- Monthly: 1,500 Baht
- Yearly: 10,000 Baht
This gym is open from 9am to 10pm on Monday to Friday and from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 053-225944 or 053-224241-9.
What was once a good gym, Fitness Thailand can be found on Hasadisewee Road behind Computer Plaza. A range of exercise gear, including bicycles, dumbbells, cardio equipment, and weight machines. Their instructors teach a variety of classes, including aerobics, cycling, body combat, dance exercises, yoga and body balance. The biggest problem here is the extremely loud music, both inside the classrooms as well as on the floor. It is impossible not to damage hearing in the classes, and on the machines, a personal headset simply cannot compete with the obnoxious volume levels. Add to this the obnoxious behavior of the staff, and it is a true turn-off.
Membership fees are as follows:
||Adult Price (23yrs and up)
||Student Price (below 23 yrs)
Seniors (those over 55 years old) get a discounted yearly rate of 7,000 Baht.
Members can also work with their own personal trainers at a fee of 500 Baht per session. Paying for 10 sessions beforehand will discount the rate to 4,000 Baht. In essence, this provides you with two free sessions. For more information on the gym’s location, class schedules or facilities, please call 053-224260-2 or email [email protected]
If you’re looking for a more fancy gym, Powerhouse is the answer. The equipment here consists primarily of cardio machines and free weights but the focus is more on their exercise-classes like Aerobic, Power Weight, Power Kick, among others. They also have an on-site sauna.
* 1 Day – 400 THB
* 10- Day Pass – 2500 THB
* 1 Year – 9500-13500 THB
Location: 50 Punna Plaza, Nimmanhaemin Soi 6 Open: daily, 18:00-21:00
Go Gym Fitness Center
Opened in 2014, Go Gym has become a popular choice for locals and expats alike. The gym is more geared towards bodybuilders and offers a healthy variety of machines and equipment such as free weights, boxing bags and a kickboxing ring. Although new and well-maintained, don’t expect and glamorous facilities here, as the gym is purely focused on exercise.
* 1 Day – 60 THB
* 1 Month – 900 THB
* 3 Months – 2000 THB
* 6 Months – 3500 THB
* 1 Year – 5900 THB
Location: Superhighway, 74 Chiang Mai – Lamphun Road Open: daily, 08:00-00:00
CrossFit Chiang Mai
For those of you wanting to bring their endurance to the next level, you might want to sign-up for CrossFit. Focused on cardiovascular fitness, CrossFit workouts evolve around high intensity sports such as weightlifting, rowing, running, gymnastics and more. Its aim is to build endurance and strength in a tough but accepting way, regardless what size and shape you have. Popular workouts include barbell fundamentals and conditioning training that includes kettleballs, sleds and prowlers.
* 1 Month – 2700 THB
* 3 Months – 7500 THB
Special rates for kids, experienced CrossFitters and families are available.
Location: Superhighway at 48/1 Chiang Mai Lampang Road Open: daily, 07:00-10:00 & 17:00-19:00 (time depends on the class you sign-up for).
O2 Gym Chiang Mai
O2 Gym is a proper-sized gym with lots of cardio training equipment and free weights and offers probably the best value for a gym with prices starting from as low as 60 THB for a single visit. You can find the gym near Central Airport Plaza.
* 1 Day – 60 THB
* 1 Month – 900 THB
* 3 Months – 2000 THB
* 6 Months – 3500 THB
* 1 Year – 6000 THB
Location: Chiang Mai Businees Park, Soi 1 Open: daily, 08:00-23:00
Chiang Mai 700-Years Stadium
Located outside the city, near the convention center and Huay Tung Tao Lake, the Chiang Mai 700 Years Stadium is a great place to exercise. It’s a multi-purpose sports complex with running tracks, Olympic-sized pool (50m long) as well several courts to practice basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc. The stadium is still a hidden gem and mainly frequented by locals and long-term expats.
Location: northern part of the Canal Road (no. 121) Entry: from 60 THB Open: from 07:00 (various opening times; depends on the facility).
Huay Tung Tao Lake
Not far from the 700 Year Stadium comes this large reservoir. Yet another place that is free of tourists, you can either run along the paved road around the lake (ca. 3.5 km) or hike along several treks. A great place to start your hike is near the large golden Buddha statue which is next to one of the main parking lots. You can then follow the marks and arrows for directions.
Location: near the northern end of the Canal Road (no. 121) Entry: 50 THB Open: daily, 07:00-19:00
Nong Bua Park
Situated on the southwestern corner of the moat, this park offers numerous exercise machines like cross-trainers, bikes and steppers. And the best thing is – it’s free of charge for everyone. It gets quickly full in the afternoon and evening and especially on weekends; the best time to exercise here is in the morning. You also have a basketball/volleyball court here and you can use the circular path as running track (500m).
Location: southwest corner of the moat Entry: Free. Open: daily, 04:00-21:00