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Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

1. Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

Plan your own tour of Chiang Mai and have your own driver take you around the temples, markets, and famous sights. Shop for local food at Warorot Market, visit sacred temples such as Wat Chiang Man, and buy handicrafts on Chang Moi Street. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Craft your own itinerary and indicate three to four attractions you would like to see when you purchase your trip. Take note of the distance between locations when you are planning. Give your guide some options so that the best tour schedule can be designed for you. If you are unsure, check out the sacred temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, or Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa). Visit Warorot Market and see the clothes, local products, and food on sale at the most famous market in Northern Thailand. Check out the silver temple at Wat Srisuphan, purchase fruit and flowers at Ton Lamyai Flower Market, and walk along Chang Moi Street, known for selling handicrafts. Take in the famous landmark of Tha Pae Gate, the eastern gate of the walled city. The complete list of attractions includes Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa), Wat Phan Tao, 3 Kings Monument, Wat Chiang Man (Chiang Mai’s oldest temple), Wat Lok Moli, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Umong (tunnel temple), Wat Srisuphan (silver temple), Warorot Market (Kad Luang), Ton Lamyai Flower Market (fruit and flower market), Thapae Gate, Chang Moi Street (handicraft street), Kruba Srivichai Monument, Wat Pha Lat (Hidden Temple).

Chiang Mai: Tuk-Tuk Night Tour with Temples and Street Food

2. Chiang Mai: Tuk-Tuk Night Tour with Temples and Street Food

Uncover the secrets of Chiang Mai at night on this city tour by tuk-tuk. Enjoy the beauty of the Wat Suan Dok and Wat Lok Moli temples (entrance included) and take in the atmosphere of the Warorot Market and Ton Lam Yai Flower Market.  Start the evening by boarding a tuk-tuk, the mode of transportation famously used in Thailand. Drive around the Old City, taking in the historic walls and the moat in the cultural heart of the city. Learn the centuries-old history of the city. Find out how it was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom before it fell into the hands of the Burmese, before finally regaining independence again with the help of the King of Thonburi. Next, stop at Wat Suan Dok, which literally translates to ‘flower garden temple’. Its name is derived from the location it was built, which was once used as a royal flower garden by a past ruler of Chiang Mai. Explore the temple which is known for its numerous white chedis and its 48-meter golden pagoda built in the Sri Lankan style. Admire the beautiful chedis and learn about the sacred Buddha relic which is believed to be the shoulder bone of Buddha himself. Continue to Wat Lok Moli, a 14th-century temple which is one of the older temples in the city. Take in features like a massive restored chedi with a Buddha image. The chedi also contains the ashes of several kings from the Mengrai dynasty. Go to the the teak wood pavilion and the Lanna-style Buddhist monastery before boarding the tuk-tuk and zooming through the city to the vibrant Chang Phuak Gate Night Market. Wander around the open-air market and see hawkers cooking up a storm of delicious local delicacies and tasty street food.  Get help from your driver with locating some favorite local dishes. After walking around Chang Phuak Gate, pass by other local markets such as Warorot Market and Ton Lam Yai Flower Market to soak up some of the local night life.

Chiang Mai: Buddhist Almsgiving and Market Tour with Meal

3. Chiang Mai: Buddhist Almsgiving and Market Tour with Meal

Experience local life and the Buddhist ritual of almsgiving on this guided trip around Chiang Mai. Enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant and learn about Thai life and traditions as you visit Suan Dok Temple, a market, and more, admission fees included. Start your spiritual day in Chiang Mai early in the morning with pickup up at your hotel or accommodation. Then, depart to the foothills of Doi Suthep Mountain to make merit during the almsgiving as monks descend from the temple. After almsgiving, get the chance to pay respects to Kruba Srivichai who oversaw the building of the road up to Doi Suthep Temple. Take some time to wander around the Ton Phayom local market next, where you can explore authentic Thai products and try a famous local breakfast. Get a real idea of how it feels to shop like a local. Before heading back to your hotel or accommodation, visit Wat Suan Dok (Flower Garden Temple) and marvel at the temple’s golden principle pagoda that enshrines Buddha's relics. 

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