Hangdong is a district located southwest of Chiang Mai city and mainly popular for its many outdoor possibilities. The district consists also of many so called ‘Moo Baan’, gated housing communities in different shapes and sizes, with swimming pools, tennis courts, etc.
Urban parts of Hangdong can be mainly found around road 108 (leading from Central Airport Plaza Mall) while natural districts take up parts of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Let’s have a look at what you can do in Hangdong:
Grand Canyon Hangdong
The Grand Canyon Hangdong, or its official name ‘Tuang Thong Canyon’, is a manmade canyon with a lake that invites for a refreshing dip on a hot day. Careful when jumping from the cliff though, as some parts are quite shallow. A local restaurant overlooking the canyon offers fresh local dishes.
Address: 30 minutes from Chiang Mai city, near Hang Dong Golf Club Open: always, but recommended during day light due to safety reasons, no lifeguards around.
Lots of trails invite for off-the-path biking. Take some time into account to actually reach a place before you start getting crazy. The area around the above mentioned canyon offers lots of awesome trails.
Khaomao Khaofang is a restaurant beautifully incorporated within the lush nature of Hangdong, set in a surrounding of exotic gardens, trees and roaring waterfalls. The restaurant is semi-open with tree trunks running through the roof whereas a lot of wood and brown colours create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. The broad menu offers Thai and international dishes, from ‘Green Papaya & Blossom Spicy Salad to German pork knuckles.
The Hideaway is a small restaurant, tucked away on a small alley, not far from Hang Dong Road. The menu is pretty much western oriented and offers various types of sandwiches, Mexican and Italian food, in addition to all-day-breakfast.
Address: Follow Hangdong Road and turn left just before the big SCB branch (Siam Commercial Bank). Follow the road for about 500m, it’s on the left side. Open: Monday-Saturday, 08:30-18:00
Visiting the Hangdong Market is a great experience, especially if you’re keen on seeing more of the local Thai life. Vendors sell everything fresh, from vegetables over fruits, spices, to fish and meat, by going further in you can see people selling clothes, household items and more. Hangdong Market provides also great photo opportunities.
Address: Follow road 108, past Krungthai Hang Dong branch (about 150m), turn right. Open: daily, 06:00-18:00
Kad Farang Village is complex of shops, boutiques, supermarkets, banks, cafés and restaurants with focus on foreigners (farang) living in Moo Baans around Hangdong.
Address: Hangdong Road (no. 108) Open: varies on the business
Although Tesco has countless small outlets throughout the city, this big branch on Hangdong Road (no. 108) features lots of household items and electronics in addition to a large assortment of food and beverage products. You can also find several (fast food) restaurants here.
Next to the above mentioned Tesco, more or less similar in terms of products.
Mega Furniture Market
Are you looking for a one-stop-shop that has it all? Head over to Mega Furniture Market which offers all sorts of furniture, from beds over office equipment to dining tables and decoration.
Hongthong Muay Thai is one of Chiang Mai’s leading Muay Thai gyms. The trainers and owners, Kru Joe and Kru Gen, are well-experienced fighters who are still participating in international fights. Whether you’re beginner, intermediate or experienced fighter, Hongthong Muay Thai is a great place to train and learn.
Address: 150 Moo 2 Middle Ring Road. Classes daily, 07:30-09:30 and 16:00-18:00 (closed on Sundays).
Hangdong Golf Club
Considered as one of northern Chiang Mai’s cheapest golf clubs, the Hangdong Golf Club consists of 9 holes and is about 20 minutes away from the city, located near Hang Dong road.
Address: 95 Moo 9, Hang Dong. Green Fees: from 250 THB per day; caddy fee: 150 THB.
Baan Muang Kung – Pottery Village
Looking for a special gift to bring home? You’re living in Chiang Mai and seeking for unique household items? Then it’s about time to take a trip to Baan Muang Kung. You can find all types of pottery here, from jars over vases to cooking pots which all come in different colours, shapes and sizes.
Address: just before the intersection Hangdong/Samoeng Road.