Gyms and Fitness in Chiang Mai
Last Updated on August 12, 2016
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](http://www.powerhousefitness.co.th/en.aspx)__ 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](http://www.lifebangkok.com/california-wow%E2%80%99s-physical-fitness-not-linked-to-fiscal-fitness-while-thai-inflation-picks-up/), 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
__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 ](https://www.facebook.com/Strong.gym2015/)__ 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.
| No. of people |3 months | 6 months | 1 year |
| 2 | 1,500 Baht | 2,500 Baht | 4,500 Baht |
| 3 | 1,500 Baht | 2,333 Baht | 4,166 Baht |
| 5 | 1,500 Baht | 2,250 Baht | 4,000 Baht |
| 10 | 1,500 Baht | 2,000 Baht | 3,500 Baht |
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.
## Fitness Thailand
What was once a good gym, __[Fitness Thailand](http://www.fitnessthailand.co.th/)__ 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:
| Time Period | Adult Price (23yrs and up) | Student Price (below 23 yrs) |
| 1 month | 1,900 Baht | 1,500 Baht |
| 3 months | 5,500 Baht | 4,500 Baht |
| 6 months | 8,000 Baht | 6,500 Baht |
| 1 year | 10,500 Baht | 9,500 Baht |
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].
## Powerhouse Gym
If you’re looking for a more fancy gym, __[Powerhouse](http://www.powerhousefitness.co.th/)__ 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](https://www.facebook.com/goGYMchiangmai)__ 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](http://www.crossfitchiangmai.com/)__. 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](https://www.facebook.com/o2gymth/)__ 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
do I get time off for going to uk fora month each year?
Most gyms will accommodate this, where you put the membership on hold while out of town. Just make clear from the start you need this (negotiate before you pay).
Thank you for the comprehensive list of fitness options. Just some updates to your information as I have tried a few places. You definitely get what you pay for.
Kawee Power Zone does have a satisfactory selection of machines and free weights; however, Almost all of the treadmills were out of service and the two in service were rated for 60 and 55 kgs max. The people were very friendly. Locker is included in the admission. They open when the mall opens at 10 am.
Fitness Thailand definitely lives up to its description. The equipment is plentiful and in good working condition. Their prices are now 1500 baht for a month membership. They do allow a day pass for 200 baht.
KAWEE POWER ZONE: Horrible place, staff unfriendly and very unpolite: they do not say hello and do not even look at you. Degraded area, bin in the changing room are full of syringes for injections. No toilets inside. Free weights are not stored, carpets are dusty.
I totally agree with JoelC
There’s actually another gym in Chiang Mai that you missed. It’s called Harrison Fitness Center, and like Kawee Power Zone, it is also in Kad Suon Kaew. It’s a little hard to find though. It’s on the fourth floor, but to get to it, you have to use the elevator. On the first floor, all the way to the right at the end, there is a door to the outside. Once you leave you’ll see the elevators right next to the bathrooms. When you get to the fourth floor, the gym is all the way at the end of the room to the right. You won’t see it immediately because it’s around a corner, but it’s there.
A daily pass is 200 baht, and a monthly pass is 1200 baht, though you have to pay an extra 100 baht for a membership card. They also have 3 month and 6 month memberships, but I can’t remember the rates for them.
So far I’ve been to 4 gyms: Hillside 4 Fitness Center, Fitness Thailand, Kawee Power Zone, and Harrison Fitness Center. Harrison Fitness Center is defiitely the best, with Hillside 4 a close second. Hillside 4 is bigger and they do have a good selection of equipment, but Harrison Fitness Center has newer machines and it’s an incredibly well kept place. It’s very clean, it has a good selection of machines and free weights, and all of the plates have handles — which just makes things easier. I highly recommend it.
Oh, and the Hillside Fitness Center is on the 1st floor now. I think it also may be in a bigger room now. It’s definitely a nice place as well.
Plenty more gyms in Chiangmai not covered here. The one ive been to on and off over the years is at Centara Duangtawan hotel on Loi Lroh Rd near the Night Bazaar. Its a higher class of establishment with great staff on the floor and a good variety of facilities overall. The free weights room isn’t so big but I usually go mid afternoon its never too busy then, there is a nice pool immediately outside the workout room with full glass walls to outside, and its on the 4th floor so a bit of a view. They have a steam room and sauna, and large spa. I usually use the sauna (they have 2) which is in varying states of repair.. for an alleged high class hotel the maintenance is pretty poor. I was about to join again this week (Jan 2014) but the price has now gone up from 1,400 to 2,500 baht/mth.. with no obvious beneficial changes to the place at all. They also have various classes in separate rooms and spa treatment services all in one large complex.
That takes me to the second option that I am considering joining today, The Sheik Itsana Hotel (http://www.sheikistanahotel.com) was introduced to me a few days ago by my Thai friends who work out there. Its 1,400/mth. The various rooms are quite small again but cleanliness very good. They have plenty of cardio gear, a reasonably good free weights selection with a view over the pool & bar at the rear which looks over the Mae Ping RIver. The Sauna is open from 14:00 onwards. Its on Chang Klan Rd which essentially is the same road the Night Bazzar is on, but you have to turn on to it and go about 5 kilometres towards Lamphun (i.e. South) – the road winds along the river and eventually you will see what looks like a terracotta Arabs Palace on the left.
Fitness Thailand, just checked as of Jan 2014 price now 1700bt/mth for 23yrs up.. its a common trend to up the price every year in fitness centres, although nothing too much to complain about compared to BKK Prices! I will check this one out today and report back 🙂
at hillside 4 the thai man who runs the place hates forighners , many people have left this place because of him. do not go there!
New Gym in Chiang Mai, TM MUSCLE GYM, near the Train Station.
My friends have all gravitated from other gyms to this one, as of June 2014 a YEAR membership is just 7500 baht!
Ive heard of the crazy prices of other places, including the extremely extravagant prices of Powerhouse, but TM has brilliant prices AND all the big Thai guys in Chiang Mai are going there, its a VERY SERIOUS gym for people who are serious about bodybuilding right down to just staying on top of health and fitness.
I will be joining this week,. all my friends are already there!
RE: Fitness Thailand – the maintenance is POOR! For the price its not worth it. Its a boring, run down and kinda gross setup. I did a month there but never again.
Go with the new places, get the best out of them before they forget to maintain equipment…
Thank you for providing the comprehensive run-down on local gyms with user comments. One question: Do they all have it in their SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) to play deafeningly loud, bone jarring music? Unfortunately, I’ve a real aversion to that.
Yes, that is certainly a predilection and huge problem. Someone needs to educate Thai people regarding ear damage and decibel levels.
What about the the one at the Central or Royal hotel, it’s exact name escapes me. Iits in the are of ‘The Pub’ there. Is is the Grand Central??? Can’t seem to remember it. Nice pool though!
“That” guy that hates foreigners at Hillside 4 (It’s true!) is NOW at Harrison Fitness at Kad Suon Kaew Shopping Centre. He still hates farang!
Just tried Kawee Power Zone and can’t recommend it. I set out to do some deadlifts and, half way through my first set, a woman interrupted me and explained that I was putting the bar down too loudly. I was doing the lifts correctly, lowering the bar under control, but not so slowly that it didn’t make a clank when it contacted the floor.
As anyone who understands anything about the lift would explain, it’s simply not safe to lower the bar slowly, under full tension, when working with heavy weights.
Waste of time. I walked out of there and won’t be going back.
Discovered through a Thai friend that there is a brand new fitness club for women only in Chiang Mai now. It’s called MISS FITNESS CHIANG MAI in the Nonghoi area.
Went to take a look. It’s a beautiful, clean, friendly place. Well equipped. The change room is lovely, immaculately clean with lots of mirrors.
I come to Chiang Mai often for a month at a time and this is where I will be going from now on.
My Thai friend is a member and she says the staff there fall over themselves helping the members. The manager/owner, named Kan, explained to me that she has been to other gyms and after you pay for your membership, you are basically ignored. You could be breaking your arm doing an exercise the wrong way and they will not help you.
Kan says the main point of her gym is to show everyone what to do. And my Thai friend say they do this in spades.
Easy to find also. : find the Nonghoi market and look across the road a little south. You can’t miss the HUGE sign on their building. About 2 minutes south from the Holiday Inn and the Chiang Mai Condo building which is where I stay when I’m here.
Their phone number is 086 923 9903.
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I have been going to O2 gym……….900 a month……got all the weights and machines you need….CV leaves a lot to be desired, but treadmills and x trainers are fine……bikes are not so good……but nice staff, i always go before 5pm and only ever one or two people in there……above computer place on ring road….come out of Lotus Tesco, head towards town, first set of lights…straight on….and about 50 metres on the left…….you will see a sign….sorry, i dont know the names of the roads…just moved here. oh…….only down side, is I am the only person who uses a towel….so take a disinfectant spray to clean machines before you use…….
Howzit guys I’m planning on moving myself and family over to Chiang Mai end of April and would like a reasonable gym to get a good workout so ya I would be new in Thailand looking for gym buddies .
Found a gem right in the center of the city at Thapae Gate called Miss Fitness. Read their above review for their first location, which I never went to because it’s not in my area. But this new location is absolutely gorgeous, clean, well-equipped. I joined right away. The staff is welcoming and very friendly and helpful. They have tons of brand new beautiful equipment and group exercise classes. Their spin room is filled with amazing new bikes, which I love. They just opened this week. Head and shoulders above any other gym in Chiang Mai in all regards.