An Early Morning Mingle in Chiang Mai
An Early Morning Mingle
in Chiang Mai
An insight in the local life of Chiang Mai residents cannot be better portrait than during
an early morning rise to give alms to monks, see local trade being conducted at the
largest market and get a glimpse of river life during a relaxing boat trip.
WHY THIS TOUR?
At the crack of dawn, Chiang Mai springs to life in a cool, calm and collected way. Rise with the locals early in the morning shows new means to watch how a new day unfolds in Thailand’s 2nd largest city. Home of respectable temples, tangible sights and sounds of the traditional side of northern Thailand, this morning exploration all brings forward novel ways to see the city with new eyes.
Together with our local ambassador, visitors meander from alms giving to watching trading taking place at the city’s largest market and watching how authentic hues of the former Lanna Kingdom moves on from the Ping River. An experience that takes on lesser-trodden paths yet remains taking deeply rooted trails unmissable to the Lanna way of life.
06:30 - 11:30
To grasp the essence of how Chiang Mai wakes up, a very early morning starts is required in getting fully immersed and join city residents in their daily routine. Together with your local guide, the day starts with a morning visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the monks, one of the most unique rituals a tourist can experience in Thailand. Each morning, monks in saffron robes, carrying their alms bowls, walk silently along the virtually empty streets to receive rice and condiments from local people.
Guests have the opportunity to participate in this very special Thai custom by personally presenting alms at the Srisoda temple and receiving the monks’ blessings in return. After this enlightened morning, we head by local minivan back to your hotel for breakfast before we move on to Chiang Mai’s oldest and largest market.
Also known as Kad Luang, Warorod Market is the city’s largest market within easy access from downtown. The market is known to boast a large collection of vendors selling fruits, vegetables and a wide choice of regional snacks and dishes. The market has a distinctive Chinese feel, being located in the Chinese enclave in the city.
From the market, we settle ourselves in an awaiting trishaw and head towards the Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Centre. This landmark is dedicated to the various forms of traditional art and handicraft of which Chiang Mai and surrounding regions are so well known for. From here, we leave our trishaw behind and board a so-called ‘scorpion-tail’ boat for a 45-minute relaxing morning journey over the Ping River, one of the main tributaries of the Chao Phraya River in the north. Life from the water will give you a different city perspective.
At around 11:30 am, you will head back to your hotel.