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  • There is an Olympic Pool at the Seven Hundred Year Stadium - a huge sports complex built for the SEA Games, which were held in Chiangmai in the early 1990's, and now a public sports and recreation center. This is located along the Irrigation Canal Road, Route 121, towards Mae Rim It takes about fifteen minutes to get there by taxi from the city center.  In the afternoons, at weekends and during school holidays the pools attract large number of children. Please note there are no sun loungers at the Stadium so if you want to swim and sunbathe then choose one of  the places listed below.
  • In the same area as the 700 Year Stadium, there is a private swimming pool which tourists can use on a temporary membership basis. This salt water Chiangmai swimming pool, known as the Centre of the Universe, opens at 7:00 am everyday. From 7:00-9.00am and 5.00-7.00pm the main pool is reserved exclusively for lap swimmers and it is possible to book a lane in advance. In addition to the main pool there are two children's pools. If you stay in accommodation without a pool and you want to swim, sunbathe and relax then a visit to this swimming pool in Chiangmai is a good option. There are plenty of sunbeds dotted around the pool and gardens.  There is also a bar and restaurant so this is good place to visit if you want to spend some time topping up the suntan!
  • Top North Guesthouse also has a swimming pool which can be used by those not staying at the hotel. Easy to get to but tends to be crowded, especially in the afternoon.and the number of sunbeds is limited.
  • Some hotels, e.g.  Chiangmai Hills Hotel and The Orchid - all on Huay Kaew Road - also allow "outsiders" to use their pools on payment of a fee. However, if there are a lot of hotel guests using the pool, visitors may not be allowed entry.
  • Another option is the swimming pool at Chiangmai Land.  From the airport, take the SuperHighway, Route 1141, towards Lamphun and Lampang,  About 4 kilometers on from the flyover for the airport, look for a Mazda Garage on the left. Slow down and look for the left turn into Chiangmai Land Road and follow the signs to the swimming pool. 

    There is also a public swimming pool along Tung Hotel Road at the end closest to the Railway Station.  Pool is quite old and has limited sunbathing areas.
  • For 20 Baht entrance fee you can take a dip in the lake at Huay Tung Tao. This is a reservoir within surrounding woodlands, and is located further along the Irrigation Canal Road than the 700 Year Sports Stadium, as you head towards Mae Rim (Route 121)  At weekends there are food stalls and you can rent a shaded bamboo platform with woven plastic mats on the floor (not very comfortable to sit or lie on, but better than getting sunburnt!)
  • There are also water falls and natural pools at the foot of Doi Suthep on Huay Kaew Road. Look out for a large Buddhist Shrine on your left after travelling past the the entrance to Chiangmai Zoo. Turn left into the market at the back of the Shrine, and keep walking up the hill. You will come to the waterfalls after about 5 minutes. There is no charge for entry. The pools at the bottom of the water falls are not really big enough for swimming but are a great place to cool off at the height of the summer. During the dry season some of the water falls dry up - head for the high ground and you will still find pools full of fresh water! There are usually quite a few students hanging out there from the nearby university, who will happily practice their English conversational skills with you.