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Oct 05 2014

Chiang Mai Sky Adventure: Taking Sightseeing To The Next Level

There are many fun activities to do and beautiful places to see in the city of Chiang Mai. I could easily sit down and write a lengthy list of the most interesting and breathtaking things to do on a visit.  I believe that my latest adventure could easily sit in the top of that list.

I was not familiar with microlights nor had I even seen one in person before we drove up to Chiang Mai Sky Adventure airstrip a few Kilometers outside of Chiang Mai’s Old City. I have flown in small aircraft before, like tiny small prop light aircraft, but I was amazed at how small the microlight was in comparison.

What is a microlight?

A microlight is a small, light 1-2 seat craft designed to fly at slow speeds. They are used mostly for recreational purposes and offer the ultimate wind-in-your-face experience.

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After we parked and walked over to the field, we were promptly greeted by Prayote Chaimongkol, the chief flying instructor and owner of Chiang Mai Sky Adventure. He discussed the aircraft with us and explained the schedule and flying route for the day. We had 2 other groups flying before us which gave us the perfect opportunities to check our camera equipment and get some good warm up shots.

When the time came for me to soar in the tiny craft, Prayote strapped a helmet on me and hooked up a mouthpiece so that we could communicate during the flight. I climbed aboard, Prayote in the front with the controls and me in the back seat. The engine roared to life and in no time we had breezed down the runway and up into the sky.

As we neared the landing strip I noticed that we had covered a lot of distance during the 15 minutes of flight. Our landing was as smooth as our take off and Prayote expertly maneuvered the craft towards the front of the hanger where the adventure ended.

After chatting with Prayote for a bit we went into the sitting area and had a coffee and some water as I told Evanne about my flight. She had been busy taking photos of the horses on the property. Yes, there are horses there too, so cool!

I will definitely take another microlight flight in the future. If you are looking for a unique way to see the city and to get some amazing photos, then I would recommend that you try a microlight flight with Chiang Mai Sky Adventure.

The views were incredible! Here are some of my favorite shots from the flight.

Watch a video of the flight on our YouTube Channel!

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Chiang Mai Sky Adventures

Quick tips:

  • If it is a colder day then bring a light jacket.
  • They offer transportation from Chiang Mai for a min of 2 people.
  • The airstrip is 20km away from Old City so allow at least 30 min to drive there.
  • Flights cannot take place in high winds or bad weather so contact them before you leave if the weather is questionable.
  • Check out their website for further information and booking.

Poplar Travels participated in this activity as a guest of Chiang Mai Sky Adventure. Our opinion is always our own. 

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Eric left Washington, D.C. to travel the world starting with Chiang Mai, Thailand. He enjoys peaty scotch, long walks on the beach (or up mountains) and most sports or activities with potential risk of injury or death.

  • marghenick

    Amazing! I dream of flying in a microlight… I was booked to go on one over wadi rum in Jordan but it was too windy so couldn’t do it… well, next time, maybe in Chiang Mai!

    October 5, 2014 at 10:48 am
  • My husband would LOVE this! Me, I am a little too afraid to try it, but wowzers I am so glad I got to see it via your fabulous photos! Big thanks for linking up with us for #SundayTraveler

    October 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy

    I think this might have just gotten added to my Chiang Mai list 🙂

    October 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm
  • Fantastic views!

    December 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

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