Want to see the real Chiang Mai? Come along then! We've got temples and monks to discover, a cruise on the Mae Ping River to enjoy, yummy noodles to slurp, an organic herb garden to visit, and markets to explore.
Our Chiang Mai city tour adventure will begin by exploring the Warorot Market, one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai. Almost everything is for sale here from food to clothing to hill tribe crafts. At the market, you'll have plenty of time to taste and sample local specialties before moving on to the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market, overflowing with colorful, fresh cut flowers.
Next, we’ll take a Songthaew ride to Wat Chai Mongkhon, a magnificent temple that was built on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Take part in a local Buddhist practice by offering Sangkhathan (alms) to monks and learning about other interesting religious traditions.
Then it’s time to take a boat up the Mae Ping River, the main river in northern Thailand and the lifeline of Chiang Mai. Our Mae Ping River cruise will reveal the city and local life played out on the river banks, and your guide will offer insight into local livelihood and history throughout the journey.
Next on our Chiang Mai tour we'll enjoy a delicious Khao Soy lunch at a local farmer’s home. This noodle dish is often made with chicken or pork, served over Chinese egg noodles, and garnished with shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chilies, and a squeeze of lime juice. It's totally delicious, and a must-try food in Chiang Mai!
After lunch, we'll make a short visit to a local herb garden and learn about the medicinal properties of plants, before returning to Chiang Mai by cruise back. Our Chiang Mai city tour will come to an end at Wat Chai Mongkhon temple, and you're free to continue exploring Chiang Mai at your leisure
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, boat trip (shared service), lunch, Monk offering, entrance fee, local transport during the tour.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for drivers or guide.
Dress standard: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. This trip visits religious sites, please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered.
Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: Boat trip is provided by a shared service (not private).
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.