Going Extreme in Chiang Mai

by Poi on January 24, 2011

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A while ago I wrote about the best hangover cure I’ve come across in my life. Well that wasn’t the only thing “extreme” thing I did that day… so with the hangover well and truly gone it was time to get on with the rest of the day.

What We Did

Off Road Buggies
My friend who was visiting us had his heart set on this and after a bit of persuasion the rest of us were in. The buggies are for two people with simple automatic controls , the staff suggested ‘man drive first’ although there is a halfway point where you can switch during the drive.

For 1,500 Baht you get an hour’s drive starting with a short trip to the track which takes you through the jungle on a dedicated path. It’s not too challenging if your confident driving and the staff never let the speed get too high, in fact it’s a bit too slow.

Off Road in Chiang MaiOff-Road in Chiang Mai

Zorb Balling
This challenges bungee jumping for the most fun you can have in the least amount of time. For those that are not aware, this is the equivalent of a human sized hamster ball, two people are strapped in at opposite sides inside the ball and rolled down a ramp and a hill into a lake – sounds great right? Well it is, if you don’t laugh all the way down there is something wrong with you.

It’s over so quickly but is so much fun and for only 500 baht is well worth it. When you land in the water (if you don’t roll far enough a member of staff will kindly finish the job) the fun really begins. When there is two of you and one (Kirsty) has the co-ordination of a two year old it gets pretty difficult, every time we started running Kirsty would fall over and get carried round by the spinning ball, which also caused us to move away from the shore. After a few minutes the staff took pity on us and pulled us in.

Zorbing in ThailandRolling around like hamsters in a Zorb ball on water

The Other Options

Motocross
With only one out of the four of us having any motocross experience (our new scooter skills don’t count) this didn’t seem like a good idea. I would like to give it a go though at some point.

Paintball
I’ve been paintballing a few times before at some really good venue’s and after taking a look at the paintball area here – no thanks.

Drift Karting
This is one I do want to go back for, like go karting but more fun! Maybe I can get a travel blogger race on the go with everyone here in Chiang Mai?

Handy Tip: Booking just one activity with ‘Chiang Mai X-Centre’ will guarantee you a lift to and from town so choose what you definitely want to do and take your time picking other activities once you’re there. We went with Zorbing, it’s the cheapest but also a a must do! If you are looking for lots of other things to do in Chiang Mai check out the top 25 here.

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Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World January 24, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Oh god, I’ve always, always wanted to try the Zorb Ball!! That looks like a lot of fun. I’d like to meet the person how came up with that idea….
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Poi January 25, 2011 at 10:55 am

Who ever did is a modern day genious and it’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for ages – we loved it!

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jason January 25, 2011 at 5:21 am

Bloody hell. Chang Mai has changed alot since I was there in the mid nineties. During that time there were still a few drama’s just over the border in Cambodia and there weren’t many people venturing up that way. Looks like Thailands version of Queenstown New Zealand (another adventure playground). I reckon I’d find it interesting if and when I ever make it back. have you tried the Zorb Balling? Looks like fun (but on an empty stomach though)

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Poi January 25, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yeah we did the Zorb ball. I imagine it has changed A LOT since the mid nineties, most backpackers seem to come here for a couple of days, go trecking and do something like above and then vanish.

You’d still love it here though – we’ve been here nearly three months and are going to be sad to leave.

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Shannon O'Donnell January 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

That looks like so much fun!! I had no idea you could do that up here, lol, I like the sounds of this travel blogger race!

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Poi January 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

We’ll try and get it organised Shannon and then go bungee jumping afterwards?

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Laura January 25, 2011 at 10:37 am

I never heard about this while I was in Chiang Mai. 1500 Baht is pricey for that town but it does look like a good time 🙂
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Poi January 25, 2011 at 11:00 am

That was my first thought, by Chiang Mai standards it’s pretty expensive but still much cheaper than most places would be!

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Jaime January 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm

HOLY SHIT THAT IS SO AWESOME!!! I have always wanted to get in a Zorb ball. OMG i am so doing this when I am there. Looks like y’all are having a blast!
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Kirsty January 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm

You best do! – I love your comments – always so excited!

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Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker January 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm

If I was in CM, I’d totally be up for drift karting…
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Poi January 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Make it happen Dustin!!

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Andi January 26, 2011 at 4:00 am

It all looks like SO much fun!!! I’m SUCH an adrenaline junkie.
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Poi January 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

I could do with an adrenaline junkie buddy, Kirstys not so big on the bungee jumping etc!

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Erica January 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I’m down for a race.

INCOMING COMPETITIVE ERICA!
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Poi January 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Game on! Kirsty’s competitive as well so while you to are busy fighting I’ll sneak through for the win!

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Dave and Deb January 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Looks like you are having a blast. I didn’t know that Chiang Mai had so many extreme adventures. And here we thought that we had to wait until New Zealand to Zorb:)

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Poi January 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Chiang Mai offers a wonderful Zorbing experience, I can’t say how it compares to the adventure capital but we had fun!

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Chris - The Aussie Nomad January 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Those buggies look like a hell of a lot of fun
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Poi January 31, 2011 at 11:59 am

They were, be even more fun if there wasn’t a guide in front keeping the speed steady, I wanted to put my foot down!

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Rebecca February 6, 2011 at 9:41 am

Zorb balling looks AWESOME!! Ha ha, I’m going to have to try it!
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kevin March 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm

how much do we need to pay, do we need to have a membership

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Poi March 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Prices depend on what you want to do and no membership is needed – check out their website for more info

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Ema May 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

!!!! Woah!! Where can I find the contact info for the buggies and zorb ball?! 😀 thanks for posting this! This is amazing!!

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