Waiting at the airport can be dull and boring, especially if you have to wait for more than 3 hours. If you have a layover at Chiang Mai Airport, why not going out of the airport and have an adventure of your own? After all, the airport is pretty close to the city centre (only 5 kilometres away), making it ideal for exploring around. There are some places that you can visit to pass the time. Who knows? Maybe these places can give you a memorable experience that will be included in your unforgettable lists.
1. Aromdii Cooking Class
If you want to learn Thai cooking and how to prepare them correctly, join the cooking class. By spending less than 1000 baht per person (around 800 baht) and 4.5 hours, you will learn about the tips and tricks in making delicious and authentic Thai foods. If you choose the morning class, it starts from 9 AM to 1.30 PM. You will learn to make 5 dishes that include mango sticky rice, curry paste, soup, stir-fried dishes and appetizers. If you choose the afternoon class, it starts from 4 PM to 8.30 PM.
The price tag is actually affordable, considering that you will enjoy bottled water, coffee, and tea. A visit to the local market, cooking photo, seasonal fruits and welcome snacks, and also pick up (and drop off) transportation will be included in the price. No need to worry about the class because instructions are given in English.
2. Taxi Service and Tour
If you want to explore the area, you can enjoy the taxi service and tour. It is basically a regular tour but it is more private because the taxi driver will take you to the places you want to go to. This kind of tour has its own package and destinations, but in the event that you want to have a customer service, feel free to do so. Just make the arrangement with the operator and they can cater to your needs based on the budgets. For some tourists, this taxi service and the tour are somewhat more convenient and nicer because they don’t have to join a big tour group and the entire trip feels more private and intimate.
3. Pimantip Luxury Spa
Whether you have just experienced a long flight or you have just explored the area (and about to board on a next flight), there is always time for relaxing Thai massage. The spa is only 200 meters away from the airport so it is suitable for the tired and exhausted travelling souls. The spa has a modern luxury construction that makes it super comfortable and plush. They also offer 5 different treatments that include Aromatic Oil Massage, Aromatic Oil with Herbal Compress, Foot Massage, Thai Massage with Herbal Compress, and Enchanting Thai Massage. And the cool thing about the spa is they are offering free shuttle service for the clients.
To gain access to their service, you need to make a reservation first and then wait for the confirmation. They will send you the voucher via your email if your booking is confirmed. Once you are ready for the treatment, confirm your reservation and schedule. You need to arrive at the spa 15 minutes before the schedule. If you are late for more than 15 minutes, your appointment will be cancelled. You can reach the spa by taxi or by the shuttle bus. The place opens from 10 AM to 10 PM.
There are actually more places that you can explore such as the Central Plaza, Wat Sri Suphan, or the Aircraft Museum. If you are planning a visit to Thailand, be sure to learn the places and situations and make reservations. For the flight service, you can go to Airpaz and choose service like Thai Airways or Bangkok Airways to gain easy access to the country.