The Mae Ngat Dam & Reservoir

The Mae Ngat Dam & Reservoir

The Mae Ngat Dam & Reservoir
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Naomi B
London, UK90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A trip to the Mae Nat dam is worth it if you have a few days in Chiang Mai. We hired a private taxi for the day and visited a tea plantation in the morning then took a short drive to the dam. It is possible to walk on the top of the dam but only a short way. As you might expect, there is a small bar/restaurant there if you want to stop and take a break to look at the view The best side to enter the park area is on the West. If you are trekking then you need to pay an entrance fee but if you are just going to sample the restaurants, there is no fee. Don't be fooled by the vans that say 'free transport to Eakachai floating restaurant'. The vans that drive you 100m down the hill to the boats may be free but the boats are not! Its just that they charge you as part of your restaurant bill! 600BHT.. Never the less, it's worth it to take the boat ride across the lake. After about 15 minutes , you almost reach the other side of the dam. Its a place full of small inlets, many of which hide floating houses. It is possible to rent them but make sure you have good neighbours and a kayak as it's pretty isolated.. The restaurant afforded gorgeous views across the lake and the food was pretty good too. I'd recommend the fish options.. Altogether a really nice day...
Written January 27, 2020
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,271 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We were taken here by out tour guide for lunch. We were dropped in the car park of the national park and where then taken on the back of a pick-up truck down to the waterside where we embarked on a private longboat for a scenic trip of about 20 minutes across the reservoir We were dropped off for lunch at a floating restaurant by the side of the reservoir. We waited a very long time for our food (probably about an hour) - surprising given the restaurant was not that busy. The food was OK but not as good as we experienced elsewhere in Thailand. It was a shame that the nice trip was spoilt by the extremely long wait for the food.
Written January 16, 2024
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Emil
Copenhagen, Denmark120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
The entire Lake is a great reservoir and during the rainy season it is filled and used during the more dry seasons.

We came to the house boat" hotel" which actually is a poor description.
It was more like a lot of rafts bounded together.
Our host showed us to our rooms, which actually also is a poor description. It was more a wooden box with four walls, floor and roof and a blanket to sleep on and a mosquito net to pull around the "madras". The aircondition consisted of a fan and that was it. But, what it lacked in technology equipment and comfort it gained in charm, originality, tradition, and authenticity.

It was perfect!

We had the lake just next to us. We had canoes. The restaurant was supplying us with ice cubes, water and coca cola. There was cold beers and the food was fantastic.

It is hard to explain fully because it can quickly seem primitive and undesirable but with all the accommodations that we from a western point of view has become so accustom to it was a refreshing sensation to sleep on a more rough bed with a fan as "air condition".

This experience was so unique and different from anything else we tried in Thailand and if the time permits it you would definitely try it out!
Written July 20, 2015
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Alan T
Chiang Mai, Thailand691 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
The Mae Ngat Dam & Reservoir is north of ChiangMai and, simply because there is so much to see and in ChiangMai, is often missed especially as ChiangMai is frequently a last stop for a couple of days following a seaside holiday. The national park entrance to the Dam and lakeside is on the west side of the dam. You will have to pay a fee to go into the national park, which essentially means go on the lake but if you are just going to eat and drink at one of the restaurants sited just there you should be allowed in free, but you will need to tell the staff that is what you are doing. Going for a trip on the extensive lake is well worth it. you can have a boat take you to a House boat where you can enjoy food and drink. You can also stay overnight at the houseboats which is a worthwhile experience. My favourite for both a day trip to eat and drink or overnight is the Eakachai houseboat. You will see signs for it when you go to the dam area. The boats for it leave down past the dam-side restaurants. For a quick gimps of the reservoir you can go to the dam on the East side and look. Very worthwhile trip
Written October 17, 2011
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scotthai
United Kingdom35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
This is a great day out from Chiang Mai. The dam is very beautiful, surrounded by hills and mountains, with floating restaurants. It's about an hour's drive from Chiang Mai, inside a national park. Once at the dam, you take a long tail boat to one the floating restaurants. Ekachai is the one I like best. Here you can eat wonderful food, swim, kayak or just relax.
All our guests like this place.
Written November 21, 2012
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Andrew G
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Don't spend thousands of baht hiring guides on this dam. There are locals that fish the dam daily that will gladly take you for 4-5 hours fishing for just 800 baht! Boat gear and experience all in. 1200 baht and you have them all day! Accommodation is expensive for Thia standards and rooms and facilities are quite basic. The fishing however is great and you can usually get a few Snake Head tossing lures.
Written October 28, 2016
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Gizmo12312
Bangkok, Thailand31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
The only thing that kept this review from being 5 stars was the haze due to the burning of leaves and rice straw. I guess this is why this time of the year is called the "burning season".

Now, I agree... with another reviewer, if this is a place you think you are going to go and have some sort of entertainment or action... forget it. BUT, if you are looking for great scenery, delicious food, and an incredibly relaxing time, then I think you should go for it. I liked that it was less than $2 USD to get in (admission for one person and a scooter fee). I like that there was plenty of parking, and that you could order your food before you took the longtail boat to your floating destination, and that it would be ready when you arrived. I don't know how much it is to charter a longtail if say, just a couple were going... but for our group of 9, it was 100 baht each, which comes in at $30 USD, or 900 baht. The food was great, HUGE servings if you order a large size (enough fried rice for three or four people). Beer, water, and softdrinks were priced well... really about as much as the 7-11's around. All I'm saying is that you aren't going to be taken advantage of.

What is there to do? Not much. However there are kayaks you can rent for 150 baht and hour ($5), there was a waverunner (don't know if it was for rent), and there was swimming in the lake... with provided life vests. This is what I liked about the place. You could take a nice ride out there, hire a boat (telling them when you wanted to be picked up), have a nice lunch, go swimming if you'd like, or just take a nap in the shade of one of the thatched hutches.

I didn't see any mosquitoes either, maybe I was lucky... but I don't think they were out in the middle of the day, either that, or they couldn't compete with the nice gentle breeze that prevailed.

They also have rooms you can rent for overnight stays. I think if I don't run out of time, I will certainly do this. The place we stayed had "one bed" rooms ranging from I think $10 to $40 a night. The $40 room has AC, the $20 room has a fan. I don't know about the other price points. All of the rooms I saw had nice seating outside, and all of the windows had screens.

So if you want solitude, absolutely no traffic noise, to be on the water... and to just chill. This is a good place. If you want excitement, action, and to be entertained... I'd pass (unless you just want to spend a couple hours to see the place...). For me, it was a good experience, but I also went with a large group. Hope this reviews helps.
Written March 11, 2014
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shueshue
Scheveningen, The Netherlands298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
We decided to visit this lake on a hot day so we could cool off a bit. On arrival a longtail boat took us to one of the floating guesthouses where we had lunch (delicious thai style fresh fish) and rented canoes. It was lovely an quiet as we went during the week but the owner of the guesthouse said it's much more crowded during the weekend and high season.
Written November 3, 2012
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Jolyon M
Thailand34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2010
The dam is about 1 hour max from downtown Chiang Mai and is well worth a visit, especially if you like swimming in a really cool fresh water and seemingly bottomless lake. An entrance fee to the park is a few hundred baht each and longtail boats (about 400b a bost for return journey also) take customers out to guest houses and restaurants pontooned on stilts dotted around the lake. Many have rubber rings, kayaks and diving boards to have fun with and many offer overnight stays with weekends popular and weekdays ever so quiet. It's fun for all, extreemely relaxing and something very different from the norm. Experience rural Thailand and a fun boat ride out and back from the restaurants. They don't have electricity but run on generators until later in the evening and after it's candles only!! Worth the trip out there and would be best to hire a driver for the day if one doesn't have transport (cost about 1500b and visit other places en route for a cost effective day out.
Written October 10, 2011
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Farah S
Lahore, Pakistan38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
It is about an hour drive from the main city of Chiang mai..Before i write something about the dam,i would like to point out two things...don't go without prior booking,even if you are going just for a day out..as it was hard for us to get a tail boat that could take us to the floating restaurant. Secondly,either have your own transport or hire it for a full day...as you wont find any local transport near the dam.
On reaching the dam,you will find a restaurant over looking the dam,on your right side.you can enjoy a drink or a snack before leaving for the floating restaurants..The view from this place is awesome, water body surrounded by hills and mountains, and long tails boats making their way through, vanishing into the mist.
Later we took a long tail boat for 500 Bhat to one of the floating restaurants.Once you step on the floating restaurant,the surrounding peace and wilderness is unmatched.Here we had our lunch (not too expensive considering the great view and peace) and just relaxed. It was a great day out.
You can do swimming,canoeing,stay a night( if you can live without modern comforts).. :)
Written July 7, 2013
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