Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch
Past Kingdoms with
a local Chiang Mai Touch
For visitors who have an interest in what’s truly local and want to experience more about
local life country. An early morning rise to give alms to monks at a local temple
is followed by a visit to the ruins of an ancient city: Wiang Kum Kam.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Drawing from its moving past, Wiang Kum Kam remains slightly in the shadows of more well-known landmarks inside and surrounding Chiang Mai. Explorations of this nature capture the essence of how a Kingdom rose to fame and left a trail of awe-inspiring moments and sites behind.
Following the footsteps of rulers of the Lanna era, the true meaning of Thai life in the Northern provinces commences early in the morning, takes on a rural route, and delivers serenity while cruising over the Ping River. This is not your average tour; this is a deep-dive in how culture, traditions with a sense of historical preservation come together.
06:30 - 11:30
We touch the very heart of the spiritual and cultural heart of Chiang Mai. Early morning risers will enjoy the cool morning air of Chiang Mai at dawn when your guide and driver await you at your hotel lobby.
One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the Buddhist monks. Each morning before dawn, the monks put on their distinctive saffron robes and quietly pad in their bare feet along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiments from the citizens of Thailand In return people receive the monks’ blessings. A brief exploration at the Srisoda temple may be made as well, religious festivals permitting.
We return to your hotel for breakfast and some time to reflect on an amazing morning. After finishing that important first meal of the day, we head to the city ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, one of the latest discoveries around Chiang Mai. Wiang Kum Kam was a settlement long before King Mengrai’s capital around 1287- 1290. Frequent flooding caused Mengrai to move, but the place remained important throughout the Lanna period. The area was restored as a historical park during the 1980s. Surrounded by paddy and village houses, the extensive site has a pleasant rural feel, yet it is very close to Chiang Mai.
We will tour the ancient city ruins aboard a horse-drawn carriage before moving on to the riverbanks of the Ping River, the main water artery that flows through Chiang Mai. This slowly meandering river is predominantly known as the main aquatic artery that flows through Chiang Mai. At a length of almost 660 kilometres, it also gently flows through nearby provinces such as Tak, Kamphaeng Phet and Lamphun. We will sail over the river for approximately 45 minutes before disembarkation and a short drive back to your hotel, where we expect to arrive at around 11 am.