If you’re visiting Chiang Mai, you will probably hear about the famous Grand Canyon: the old clay mine with blue water and tall cliffs to jump from. After researching the place before going there, I have realized there is a lot of outdated information out there so I’ve decided to make this post about everything you need to know before visiting the Chiang Mai Grand Canyon.
How to get there?
Unfortunately, there is no public transportation to get to the grand canyon. You have to chose between renting a motorbike/scoter or paying a Songthaew (the red taxi trucks) to get there. I recommend renting because it will be less expensive and you will have the freedom to decide when you want to leave. You can rent a scooter for a full day starting at 100 baht while I’ve heard the Songthaew costs up to 1000 baht for the full trip. Even if you fill out the Songthaew with 10 people, it will cost you twice the price and you will be tied down to the whole group!
As of March 2016, it costs 50 baht to get in the Grand Canyon. Once you’re in, you can enjoy the water, the view and jump off the crazy cliffs! There is a coffee shop with a bit of food and drink and you can also rent some floating tubes.
When to go?
The Canyon is open from 8am to 6pm but I would recommend going there after 3pm. It gets very hot during the day and even the cold water will not save you. Additionally, catching the sunset is amazing: the cliffs become even more orange and beautiful!
I made a little video of our journey that you can watch here: