Chiang Mai University has a sprawling, wooded campus on the western side of Chiang Mai. There are nice sidewalks all over campus, so it’s easy to enter at one of the main gates on Suthep Road and just wind here and there until you’re ready to head home. I’ve found that the best place to enter the campus is at one of the gates just west of Canal Road.
There are a few highlights to the campus that I’d like to point out, both located at the north end of campus (by the zoo):
There is a nice little lake up at the north end, near the north gate onto campus. It’s not very big, but is a good destination point for your run.
The path doesn’t go all the way around the lake, just about three quarters of the way, but if you’ve been running through the campus it’s a nice change of scenery.
Huay Kaew Arboretum
This park has a nice paved running path, some gazebos, and clean bathrooms.
Or you can take a shortcut:
Since it’s an arboretum, the different species of trees are all labeled. The loop through the arboretum is not very long, but is fully shaded and flat.
If you don’t want to run through campus and would just like to check out the arboretum or the lake, hop in a songthaew and tell the driver to take you to the zoo; then, just hit the buzzer to get out when you see the north campus gate or the sign for the entrance to the arboretum. They are very close to the entrance to the zoo.