The boat that whisks us some 20 minutes from the red-dirt mainland to the floating bungalows and restaurant is loud. Super loud.

But none of us care.

A quick drive from Chiang Mai (about 75 minutes) takes city-dwellers to another world … filled with water and tree-covered mountains. The perfect day trip for those looking for a little less touristy options (think White Temple in Chiang Rai) and a little more bonding with nature (and friends).

Sri Lanna National Park, located in Maetaeng, is Thailand’s sixth largest national forest and comes complete with plenty of swimming, floating houseboats for rent, restaurants and more.

Entrance is 20 baht per person, plus the cost of the boat ride.

And, it’s my go-to place for escaping Chiang Mai … for the day.

Thailand's Sri Lanna National Park

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