Day Trips from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

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From Chiang Mai: Inthanon National Park 9-Hour Group Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Inthanon National Park 9-Hour Group Tour

Depart Chiang Mai for Doi Inthanon National Park to see Thailand’s highest mountain in the tropical forests south of the city. Go to the highest peak for a panoramic view and pay your respects at the shrine of King Intharawichayanont. Next, enjoy a short hike along the Angkha Natural Trail. See the twin stupas that commemorate the birthday of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Go to a local market of the Hmong hill tribe before visiting the Royal Agricultural Research Center, set up to support local projects in place of opium farming. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the Karen hill tribe village of Mae Klang Luang and get a stunning view of the Vachiratharn Waterfall.

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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai, on a 12-hour journey to visit 3 very different temples. Quirky, charming, and creative are words that could describe Chiang Rai. At the very least, this city is quite different from Chiang Mai, so join this trip to experience something quite new. Select the private option to have this experience with your friends and family only. Before you begin your tour, you’ll break up the long drive at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Your first stop is the main attraction of the day: the White Temple. If you were expecting ancient ruins, then you might be surprised to find a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. People say he spent over $40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit and through it, gain immortal life.   After exploring this Temple, head to the next stop, the Blue Wonder. Locally known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, this translates to “temple of the dancing tiger”, because it was built on a site where tigers were said jump over the river.   If the White Temple could be called the stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” place, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Black House (also called the Baan Dam Museum) is a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. After fully admiring these 3 very different structures, you'll be taken back to Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

3. Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey towards Chiang Rai, stopping at the hot springs of Mae Kajan to soak your feet in the healing waters. Then, visit the temple of Wat Rong Khun and marvel at is white exterior inlaid with mirrored glass. Enter the "Golden Triangle" to see the city of Chiang Saen. Enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant before climbing aboard a boat for a ride along the Mekong River (optional). Cross into Laos and go to the market at Don Sao Island. Visit the Opium House Museum to learn more about opium and why it was once as expensive as gold.  Get the chance to stop at a hill tribe village en route back to Chiang Mai and meet the people of the Long Neck tribes.

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From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

4. From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

After a 07:00 AM pick-up in central Chiang Mai, depart for Chiang Rai, stopping for a short break at Mae Kachan hot springs. Visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple (limited access), before continuing to the Golden Triangle area. Go to Wat Phra That Chedi Luang (limited access). See the Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar borders from the Golden Triangle viewpoint. Stop for lunch before spending time at Golden Triangle Park. Enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. On the way back to Chiang Mai take a break to stretch your legs in Mae Suay or Wiang Pa Pao district and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The estimated arrival time in Chiang Mai city is 8:30 PM. The arrival time in Chiang Mai City depends on the traffic conditions, amount of passengers, and any other unforeseen circumstances.

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Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

5. Chiang Mai: Full-Day Chiang Dao Caving & Jungle Kayaking

Drive high up into the Northern Thai Jungle, to the Chiang Dao Valley and to the Mae Ping river. This creek-like river winds itself through the bamboo jungle and gives an intimate view of Northern Thai wilderness.  Then, embark on a kayaking trip, where undisturbed woods, overgrown banks with fallen trees and the shade from overhanging trees provide a unique environment as you navigate the task at hand. Abundant bird life, jumping fish and mysterious sounds from the forest accompany the journey.To complete this wonderful kayaking experience, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or riverside.  Next, tackle Chiang Dao Cave, the most prominent cave system in Northern Thailand. Spend approximately 1 hour following a local guide through the side arms with headlamps and flashlights until joining the main route into well-lit caverns. Marvel at the Buddhist shrines and see the numerous bats that make the caves their home. Enjoy kayaking during the trip into the Caves to complete this day perfectly. 

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4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

6. 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who climb up 309 steps to the stupa on the hilltop. Get spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings. Then, visit a village and museum of the ethnic Hmong hill tribe, located inside the boundaries of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Learn more about the life of the tribe, known for their colorful costumes and handicraft traditions. Return to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel.

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Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Care Experience for Couples

7. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Care Experience for Couples

Start the adventure with pickup from your hotel and travel to the nature park to meet the elephants. Listen to your guide share information about the Elephant Retirement Park and the story of the rescued elephants that live here. After that, prepare some healthy treats and a meal to take up to the mountain where the fun begins. Get up close and personal with the elephants as you feed them a selection of fresh fruits and sugar canes. Enjoy this exclusive romantic experience with your partner and admire these incredible mammals in their natural habitat. After you’ve fed the elephants, it’s time for your lunch too. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional Thai lunch, that you can learn to make yourself in the kitchen. After lunch, learn how to bathe the elephants and scrub them with mud to protect their skin from sunburn and insects. Marvel at the elephants as they play around in the mud and make a splash, this is a truly unique and immensely fulfilling experience that will be remembered forever. At the end of the experience, wash off the mud at the onsite shower, where towels and soap are provided. Then enjoy some free time to relax with a cold beverage and admire the beautiful scenery of mountainous Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

8. Chiang Mai: 6-Hour Doi Pui National Park Summit Hike

After being picked up in the morning from your hotel in Chiang Mai city, you will head towards your local hiking adventure. 2 hours after beginning your ascent, you will reach Wat Doi Suthep at the 1,100 meter mark. Here you will start to traverse through highland jungle and the old Hmong Hill Tribe Village near the summit of Doi Pui which you will reach after your 3rd hour. After a hearty lunch at the village and an approximate 1-hour climb, you will tackle the summit of Doi Pui peak. Here we get to enjoy 180 degrees views of the Mae Ping Valley. The trip will be completed by a climb with a 30-minute downhill stroll to the Doi Pui Camp grounds ,where your ride back awaits you. Refreshed with cold drinks and snacks, you will then head back to the comfort of Chiang Mai, but not before making a stop at Wat Suthep to marvel at this rich temple which was built centuries ago in 1383.

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Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

9. Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

Explore Doi Intanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak, on this full-day tour from Chiang Mai. A member of the local Karen hill tribe will be your guide during the hike. Walk through the jungle and spot exotic birds and butterflies. Reach the hill tribe village after about 2 hours of hiking. Drive through Baan Khun Klaang, the largest Hmong community in the park, and then see the King’s royal projects. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the summit of the mountain and explore the Ang-Kha Nature Trail. Continue to the twin pagodas built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. Admire the royal flower garden surrounding the site.

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Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng River White Water Rafting

10. Chiang Mai: Mae Taeng River White Water Rafting

Depart Chiang Mai and relax on the 1.5-hour journey to base camp, where you can pick up any last minute snacks for your white water rafting adventure.  Get a safety briefing and some time to practise with the certified guides on arrival. Then, face the challenge of the Class III and IV rapids of the Mae Taeng River. Experience an adrenaline rush as you venture through the jungle, and get some time to relax before rafting a continuous section of Class III rapids back towards base camp. Avail of the shower facilities before heading home for drop off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,220 reviews

If you’re looking for an amazing private experience, this is for you! This was nothing short of amazing. And yes, this was completely private. The elephants dictated their own schedule, not the keepers. Nothing was forced from the elephants. Also no cheap or tacky displays for entertainment purposes. This is a private family-ran location that does NOT allow any riding. The afternoon lunch and temple was great too. Sid and Pon were both engaging throughout the entire day. Truly an amazing experience and I will definitely return to do this again!

This was a well organized and wondrous experience. The guide was super clear and took us to some of the most stunning locations in Chiang Rai - giving us a little history as we went. It was also a beautiful drive through the winding mountains - lots of rice paddies to be seen. The van was very comfortable with cushion seats, air conditioning, and music.

Great day, we covered a lot of ground! The twin pagodas we’re stunning. The guide shared a lot of interesting information with us along the way.

The tour was perfect from the first minute to the last. There were only two of us and that meant we had a VIP tour.

Best guided experience ever! Cannot recommend enough