Hang Dong is a residential community to the south of Chiang Mai. The housing in this area is especially popular with expatriates, and local services, restaurants and a nine-hole golf course cater specifically for this demographic.
Highway 108 leads southwest out of Chiang Mai city center on the way to Hang Dong. A few resorts in Hang Dong are found right along the highway, offering a blend of contemporary service and amenities in a rustic, Lanna-style atmosphere. It takes roughly 20 minutes to connect to the city centre from here, and as there are no public buses, guests of these hotels have to call a taxi or drive a rental car in order to explore Chiang Mai’s old town.
For tourists, the major attraction in Hang Dong is Ban Tawai, a handicrafts and wood-carving village near Hang Dong market. This is one of the most convenient places to buy teak carvings and other handicrafts directly from the artisans who made them.
Immediately west of Hang Dong town proper is the southern extension of Suthep Mountain. A single sealed road winds across the hillside, leading to secluded resorts in the backcountry. This is some of the most sought-after accommodation in Hang Dong. As the area is relatively remote, local resorts are fully equipped with restaurants and entertainment facilities. Nearby botanical gardens and scenic walks make for a day or two’s worth of activities.