Quintessential Chiang Mai in Brief

Quintessential Chiang Mai in Brief

Temples make up for what remains the charm of Chiang Mai. We visit the most important ones
in the city center, each with its own unique style and history. We will also show you
the city outline and what’s happening in the daily lives of its residents.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Chiang Mai’s former capital status during the Lanna Kingdom is nestled between fertile valleys and an abundance of adventure. Drawing on its elevated located in the north, the city not only is the gateway to its green surroundings with ample encounters with Mother Nature with ethnic minority settlements dotted across the wavy horizon.

Chiang Mai has truly redefined the word “charming destination” as it has perfectly blended the past into the present, where locals still are extremely proud of the city’s 700-year history. Getting a feeling of its foundation is captured through a leisurely half-day tour along with temples, its city life, and characteristics.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Quintessential Chiang Mai in Brief

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

You are warmly welcomed by your guide before heading deep into the local city scene of Chiang Mai’s. Chiang Mai’s temples have given the city its cultural identity and showcase a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the rich heritage of the northern region. We visit four of the most important temples, starting with the Wat Chiang Man. Chiang Mai’s oldest temple is a weather-worn example of Buddhist influences with an interesting story behind it. Constructed in 1296 and located in the heart of the city, the first ruler of the Lanna Kingdom, King Mengrai ordered the creation of this holy sanctuary at the time the city was founded.

Next, also known as the Temple with the Great Chedi, the 14th century Wat Chedi Luang was partially destroyed during an earthquake in the 16th century, leaving its brick foundation partially untouched. Comprising of three separate temples and still towering 60 metres high, the temple is one of the most visited ones in the city, Wat Phra Singh, housing a very sacred 1,500-year-old Buddha image. Also known as the Monastery of the Lion Lord, it founded in the 14th century and served as the principal religious centre of the Lanna Kingdom.

We end the tour at the Wat Suan Dok. An important temple within Chiang Mai’s city limits, it once served as the pleasure gardens to the Thai monarchy. Nowadays, it houses several white Chedis containing the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former Royal family and is now seen as a leading school for monks in the north.

The tour also includes an unforgettable drive through many interesting parts of the city, including markets, traditional residential areas, and Ta-Pae, Chiang Mai’s thriving main street. For first-timers, this is an essential exploration and get-to-know Chiang Mai guided tour before you head to see more of this amazing region of Thailand.

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 regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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