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Chiang Mai: Full-Day of Trekking in Doi Chiang Dao

1. Chiang Mai: Full-Day of Trekking in Doi Chiang Dao

Explore the countryside that surrounds Chiang Mai with a full-day trekking experience. Led by an experienced local tour guide, begin the day of adventure with pickup at your hotel in Chang Mai at 8:30 AM. Drive north of the city for half an hour until you reach the start of the trek. Your informative guide will provide facts and stories of the areas you visit. Make a stop at the local market for some fresh fruit and lunch ingredients. Around 10:30 AM, you will start trekking from the base of the mountain. Hike for 2 hours into the leafy green tropical rainforest. Walk through many coffee and tea tree fields, planted by the Lahu tribe villagers. After a scenic walk, you will arrive at a Lahu tribe village where you will enjoy a local lunch. Continue the adventure after your stomach is full, and trek for 1.5 hours until you reach the viewpoint. Take in the beautiful view of the Chiang Dao valley. After you enjoy some time for photos, be returned to your hotel in Chiang Mai at approximately 4:00 PM.

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Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

2. Chiang Mai: Private Elephant Sanctuary and Waterfall Tour

Begin your private experience with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai at 8:00AM. From there, take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp to get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Hear about Asian elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterwards, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Following that, your tour continues with elephant bathing in the river before you say farewell to your new friends and set off on the next part of your tour. Following the sanctuary, take some your time out of day to enjoy a delicious Thai lunch. Savor local dishes accompanied by rice, and finish off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruit. After lunch, continue to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. Whilst there, enjoy some walking and climbing from down below the falls to all the way up to the very top. As the waterfall is constructed from natural lime stone, you can walk and climb easily to the top, enjoying the clear water to cool down. As your tour concludes, depart from the waterfall to return back to Chiang Mai at approximately 5:00PM.

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Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep & Inthanon National Park Day Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep & Inthanon National Park Day Tour

Start your day of adventure at 8:00 AM when your private guide and driver picks you up from your hotel. You'll drive through the west of Chiang Mai to the Doi Suthep Temple, the most famous landmark in Chiang Mai and a sacred site among the locals. Thai people say you haven’t truly been to Chiang Mai if you haven't visited Doi Suthep. At the top of the temple, marvel at the shining gold and jeweled pagoda made in the Lanna architecture style. Listen to the chanting of the monks while you admire the panoramic views of the whole city of Chiang Mai from the viewing platform.  Next, you'll head to Doi Inthanon National Park where Thailand's highest peak is located. The area is covered by lush green preserved forests and has become one of the country's best parks. Stop at the halfway point up to the peak where you can admire the beautiful Wachirathan Waterfall and enjoy the flavors the real Thai food for lunch. After lunch, continue the drive up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views along the way. At the summit, visit the King, and Queen Pagoda and the beautiful surrounding gardens.  On the return trip, you'll make a final stop at a local market on the way down the mountain before heading back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

4. Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

Explore Chiang Mai’s more popular temples with a Tuk Tuk and take a stroll through the eclectic and colorful Warorot Street Market in this half-day tour. The first stop will be Wat Chedi Luang. Known as the “Temple of the Big Stupa”, this 700+-year-old temple, famous for its Lanna-inspired designs, was once the home of the much-revered Emerald Buddha statue. Take a visit there today and you'll see a replica version which was a donation from the Thai king.  Pass by the 3 Kings Monument, a shrine named after the three founders of Chiang Mai, before moving on to Wat Phra Singh temple. One of the more venerated temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century and is famous for its northern Thai designs and impeccable gardens. Next, visit the Tha Phae Gate. A famous landmark for locals and visitors alike, it was once part of a high-bricked defensive wall that surrounded the city. Discover the host of bars, restaurants, and hotels within walking distance. After wandering around the gate, visit Wat Srisuphan, or the Silver Temple which was named after its ornate silver-colored designs. Before the day ends, stop at Warorot Market or Muang Mai Street Market and shop for local street food or produce.

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High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

5. High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel by covered pickup truck to the start of the trek in the wilds of Northern Thailand in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the starting point and begin your adventure. Hike along one of numerous available routes using local trails that can vary depending on the conditions of the day. The versatility of the itinerary will ensure that you experience some of Thailand's most pristine forest up close. Stop for lunch in the lush jungle or at a village, and enjoy a delicious packed lunch of homemade Thai food with fresh fruit. Stroll through the village after lunch, and then continue your trek through the beautiful forest. Encounter friendly locals and hill tribes and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. Return to the transfer vehicle and drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time in the city at 17:00.

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Chiang Mai & Pai: 2-Day Sticky Waterfalls Private Trip

6. Chiang Mai & Pai: 2-Day Sticky Waterfalls Private Trip

Start the tour with an 8 AM pick-up from your Chiang Mai city center hotel or the airport. First, head to Chiang Mai's most sacred temple, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, located 3,500 feet above sea level and famous for its Golden pagoda. Visit the Sticky Buatong waterfall which has 3 main levels that can be hiked up with incredible mountain views. The limestone coating on the rocks makes them 'sticky' and easy to hold on to. Then, drive to Pai on a winding road through the mountains. Stop at the iconic iron memorial bridge which dates back to WWII and has become a popular photo spot. Afterward, check in to your hotel and spend the evening exploring the markets and local restaurants.  On day 2, get picked up from your hotel in Pai at 8 AM. Start the day with a visit to Baan Santichon Chinese Village at Yun Lai which boasts incredible views over the city. Journey up the hill to the Mae Yen temple which is home to a giant white Buddha. Head into the center of town for lunch. Then take a short drive out of Pai to stop at Coffee in Love where you can enjoy a drink or slice of cheesecake on the balcony. Last but not least, visit Pai Canyon where you can walk along stone paths and explore the natural scenery. Return to Chiang Mai at around 6 PM in a private car.

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From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

7. From Chiang Mai: Private Mae Sa Valley Hike & Bike Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey to the Mae Sa Valley region in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the start point of your adventure on the outskirts of a hill tribe village, where you will commence a 2.5-hour hike. Start with a gradual climb as you trek past some village houses, surrounded by unspoiled jungle. Follow your experienced guide - and perhaps a few friendly dogs - on the 5-kilometer walk. As this is a local trail, there’s a chance you will encounter locals going about their everyday tasks. Discover a variety of flora and fauna, as well as a cabbage farm and another hill tribe village. Listen as your local guide shares their knowledge of the area and explains the customs of village life in northern Thailand. Stop at a picturesque waterfall for a picnic lunch of homemade Thai cuisine. Then, begin your 20-kilometer cycling trip from the waterfall, starting with mostly downhill rides along a sealed road. Turn off the main road to find yourself riding through village alleyways, rice fields and the rural roads of the Mae Sa Valley. Bike a few of the off-road trails to really get off the beaten track. End at the Orchid Farm, where you can freshen up and have a quick browse before the drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time of 5:30 PM.

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Chiang Mai: Alms Offering, Temples, and Waroros Market Tour

8. Chiang Mai: Alms Offering, Temples, and Waroros Market Tour

Departing from your hotel at 6:00AM, you'll head to your first stop at the foot of the Chiang Mai Hill. At this site, witness the daily ritual of Buddhist monks leaving the temples and walking among the local people to accept alms offerings. You'll also experience how to make an alms offering to the monks yourself.  Following that, drive uphill to visit the Doi Suthep Temple, the most famous landmark in Chiang Mai. It is said that you have not truly been to Chiang Mai if you have not visited this temple. From the top of the temple you can view the pagoda, which is believed to enshrine the holy relics of the Lord Buddha, and shines with actual gold. A viewing platform there also offers panoramic views of Chiang Mai City. After the temple, have breakfast at a local restaurant which offers a nice selection of original, famous, and delicious Chaing Mai noodles. You'll then progress onward to see the hidden temple of Wat Palard, where meditation monks reside and practice their daily routines. This ancient temple is very peaceful and quiet, and is also surrounded by stunningly beautiful nature. The traditional Lanna architecture there reflects the beauty of northern Thai culture.  Finally, peddle onward to the Waroros Market for a food discovery by foot. Wander through the bustling food stalls, and end your journey with a tasty sample of fresh fruit before heading back to your hotel.

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From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

9. From Bangkok: 3-Day Private Tour to Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai

Day 1 - Bangkok, Ayutthaya & Nakornsawan Pickup from your hotel in Bangkok and head to Ayutthaya, the ancient capital. Stop by Bang Pa In, known as the Summer Palace, built in 1632. Explore the many stunning buildings with a long heritage in the area. You will then visit the Mahathat Temple. The highlight is the Buddha's head, which is covered with tree roots.  After Mahathat Temple head for lunch in the local restaurant. After lunch, board a boat to go around Ayutthaya island. Enjoy the views and see local life along the river. Next, you will depart Ayutthaya and head to Nakornsawan province. Visit the Nakornsawan Aquarium also known as Bueng Borapet, the biggest fresh water lake of Thailand. Then enjoy a boat ride to see the wild ducks and birds in the lake area. After a full day of adventure head to the hotel in Nakornsawan province and check in at the hotel, then spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at the Aramis Hotel or equivalent. Day 2 - Sukhothai Check out from the hotel in Nakornsawan and head to Sukhothai. On the way, stop by Kriwong temple, the most remarkable temple in Nakornsawan. Located on the hilltop, it boasts a 360-degree view of the city. Then, visit Pra Buddha Chinnaraj, also known as the The King of Victory. This statue is widely considered the most beautiful Buddha statue in Thailand. Next, visit the Folk Museum to see a collection of old tools, toys and objects from the past.  After the museum, head to a factory to see how images of Buddha are made from brass and bronze. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant nearby. Then head to Sukhothai, and the Sukhothai historical park. Bike around the historical park and take in the stunning views of the historical ruins. Overnight at the Sukhothai Treasure Resort & Spa or equivalent.  Day 3 - Chiang Mai Checkout from hotel in Sukhothai. Stop by Srisatchanalai, another beautiful historical site. See the old pagodas and a sitting buddha that dates back to 1250. Then, head to Lampang to visit Phra Suthon Momngkol Kiri, the largest Burmese-style reclining Buddha in Thailand. Visit the local market called Baan Ta Market or Kard Ban Ta to see how locals in Lampang spend their day. Try local delicacies and snacks. The journey ends in Chiang Mai, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Food Tasting Tour

10. Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Food Tasting Tour

The tour kicks off at the grounds of Wat Lok Moli Temple in central Chiang Mai. Greet your guide and fellow guests and hop aboard the traditional rod deang truck and take a ride up to the best indoor produce market in Thailand. Your foodie guide will take you on a tour and in between learning about the ingredients that go into Northern Thai cuisine, you'll snack on plenty of different Northern Thai classics. Expect things like herbal sai oua sausage, pork crackling with a nam prik num dipping sauce, deep-fried tofu and traditional Thai-style crispy crepes. Once you've had your fill, it's back onboard for the short journey to one of Chiang Mai's most fascinating districts. The city's most famous dish is khao soi, a fragrant coconut curry topped with crispy noodles, shallots and lime. Head to a tucked away little joint that serves the very best in town. The truck leaves at this point and your guide will take you on a walking tour through the area. Stop for a Thai iced tea and find out how Thailand's favorite drink is made before dropping into a local semi-outdoor eatery which specialises in gai yang chicken. Watch as your spatchcocked beauty sizzles over a charcoal grill before its served with zingy papaya salad. The tour concludes at a little ice cream maker whose been churning out creamy desserts since the 1970s. The choice of flavour is up to you, but you're in Thailand, so you'd be disappointed if you stick to vanilla. Afterwards, say goodbye to your fellow guests. Your guide will help you find transport back to your hotel should you wish.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

We were picked up at our accommodation very punctually by our guide. We were lucky, we were the only two people on this trip. The first stop was the temple in the mountains. Here the guide gave us very interesting background information about the temple and especially about Buddhism. During the drive to Doi Inthanon National Park we were provided with snacks and water. About halfway to the National Park we stopped at a very nice waterfall. Then we drove to a restaurant where our guide organized a lunch break. It was super tasty and the portions were large. Then we went to Doi Inthanon and the highest point in Thailand - what a view! Last but not least, we stopped at a market. All in all, we can recommend the tour to anyone who wants to see a lot of Chiang Mai and doesn't have as much time for it. On top there is exciting information from a very nice guide!

This was a great tour and Jackie -- a former Buddhist Monk -- was an excellent guide. We learned a tremendous amount from him and enjoyed talking with him, as well as seeing Doi Suthep, a beautiful and beautifully situated temple, and Doi Inathanon, Thailand's highest mountain.

Great tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed the tour and got great pictures. I learned so much about Thai history, the art work on various temples, the different types of Buddha forms and so much more. I highly recommend this tour and tour guide.

Me and my fiancé went on Tuk Tuk tour. It was amazing and we got to know all about the temples that we visited. And our guide Mr. Number One is so amazing and he explained everything in details. I highly recommend

Very knowledgeable guide. Good pacing and would stop and explain to us about the area.