If you are looking for a short, relaxing ride near Chiang Mai, Huay Tung Thao Lake is the place for you. The ride from the old city is about 15km and is on well-maintained roads. The traffic getting to the lake is a bit busy near the old city, but as you get out of town the highway calms down and allows for socializing while cycling.
When you turn off of the Canal Rd (Hwy 121) there is a temple to your right. The parking lot for the temple is the first right you come to, and is the beginning of a 5km paved pathway that was developed for cycling and running. It’s a great place to be out of traffic but still on a nicely paved road and enjoying some lovely nature.
Continuing up the road to the lake you will come to the entrance of the park. *GPS coordinates for Park Entrance – GPS – N 18.864073, E 98.946707
It is 20 Baht to enter the lake grounds. Inside the park grounds there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a meal in a bamboo shelter by the lakeside, take a dip in the lake, or take a swan-shaped paddle boat out on the lake. The paved road encircles the lake and gives great views of the rice fields and hills.