Following Chiang Mai’s Handicraft Trail

Following Chiang Mai’s
Handicraft Trail

Being the birthplace of Thai handicraft, a visit to the various Chiang Mai galleries and
factories where ordinary daily household and decorative items are crafted, painted
and displayed is a must and Chiang Mai’s San Kamphaeng is the centre of it all.

WHY THIS TOUR?

While the sands of time take pride in taking Chiang Mai into the future, cherished skills and craftsmanship of a local kind still flow in abundance. Aptly called “the Rose of the North”, the gateway to the north dwells on its royal Lanna past, the remains of this bygone era are taken up as one of the pole positions in a line of exploratory variety. Another slot is filled by the region’s unparalleled mastery of Thai-inspired handicraft.

From the meaningful to the decorative, Chiang Mai boasts an extremely thriving industry of umbrella painting workshops, silversmiths, and woodworkers, carving intricate depictions of its rich past. When souvenirs shopping or merely admiring the skills of local masters are on your agenda, we tend to take on all that makes Chiang Mai the unofficial handicraft capital of the country into this 3-hour excursion.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Following Chiang Mai’s Handicraft Trail

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

Your guide and driver will welcome you with warm “wai” at your hotel lobby before heading out to one of the city’s most handicraft-thriving districts – San Kamphaeng. This is the area where handicrafts are produced, and visitors are always welcome to watch the production. You can watch the full steps of the production of famous Thai handicraft such the famous Thai silk, umbrella making, celadon ceramics and silverware, just to name a few themed workshops. A great variety of artisans and workshops along one long main street where even the most modest shopping and art enthusiast will enjoy wandering around.

We have chosen some of the finest workshops and handicraft factories around to browse, watch, try and buy locally made handicraft. Industries that will pass the revue touch the very heart of the Thai handicraft industry. While silk weaving has long been an outstanding example of Thai culture, the umbrella-making industry has long been a colourful favourite. Visitors can get an up-and-close view of how umbrellas are made as well have the chance to purchase them.

Skilled craftsmen transform teakwood with the help of simple tools into elegant furniture with delicate carvings. Also fascinating to watch is the production of lacquerware where even eggshells are used to achieve unusual designs. For generations, families have mastered and transferred the finer art of the well-known Celadon Ceramics. The art of making these exquisite ceramics is modelled on Sawankhalok pottery, dating back to the Sukhothai period. Then make a stop to observe the intricacies of lacquer-ware and silverware before returning to your 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 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 travellers, 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 both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • 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 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.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • 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.
  • 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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