Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep and its Hmong Village

Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep
and its Hmong Village

Without a doubt, Doi Suthep has to be one of the most spectacular temples in the country. Located high
above Chiang Mai, views from around its landmark golden Chedi are simply breathtaking.
A visit to a Hmong village complements this half-day tour.

WHY THIS TOUR?

An awe-inspiring destination from above and beyond, Chiang Mai’s elevated position in the north has definitely benefitted to its cool and calm atmosphere. The centre of culture of the former Lanna Kingdom, a vastness of Buddhist realms lay hidden both in the downtown region as well high up in the surrounding mountains.

It is what lies beyond the commercial and cultural region of Thailand’s second largest city that puts into the spotlight during this half-day venture. Centred around the glistering shining example high above Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep, it is o so worth the few hours to grasp what lies above Chiang Mai and holds spiritual treasures of priceless values.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep and its Hmong Village

08:00 - 12:00
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13:30 - 17:30

The choice to opt for either a morning or afternoon tour lies completely in the hands of the guests. Once you meet your local ambassador at your hotel’s lobby, you will immediately head out of the city towards the snaking road heading up Suthep Mountain. Depending on the location of your hotel, guests will see different parts of the city: from passing along old city walls, gates and city moat to local markets and residential areas. Taking on various sharp curves, your main destination slowly emerges with every new turn taken. Constructed during the 14th century, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides At the centre is a big Chedi, containing partial relics of Lord Buddha. The temple compound – reachable via a 300+ steps stairs offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside.

After paying respect to the various Buddhist statues and simply gazing over the expansive landscape of where Chiang Mai is marked as the centre, we head out to one of the main and most significant of Hmong hill tribe village on Doi Pui. This ethnic hill tribe originates from the border region with neighbouring Myanmar and has called this region near Doi Suthep now their home. Here you see them in their colourful costumes, selling their wide range of antiques, curious decorative ornaments and fabrics.

Taking the same meandering road back to the city centre as you, with turns and bends aplenty, we head back to the foot of Suthep Mountain and to your Chiang Mai hotel.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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