The most popular course on offer is how to cook Thai food (especially at the cluster of small schools on and around Soi 5, Thanon Ratchdamnoen), followed by Thai massage. Chiang Mai is also a popular place for meditation retreats, while other skills to be tackled, besides rock-climbing, include: t’ai chi, on an eight-day introductory programme at Naisuan House, off Thanon Doi Saket Kao; yoga at the Yoga Tree, 65/1 Thanon Arak; Thai boxing at Lanna Muay Thai, 161 Soi Changkhian, Thanon Huai Kaeo; Thai dance at the Thai Dance Institute, 53 Thanon Kohklong; one- to five-day workshops in jewellery-making through Nova, 179 Thanon Tha Pae; and Lanna arts and culture with Origin Asia.

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