Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep one of the North’s most sacred temples. On this Chiang Mai tour you will climb a staircase of 306 steps leading to Doi Suthep Temple at the end of the winding road up the mountain. This is definitely the best way to approach the temple but there is also a funicular railway if you are less steady on your feet. As well as seeing this magnificent temple the trip would be worth it just for the stunning views across Chiang Mai alone. From the cool view point at the front of the temple you can see the whole of Chiang Mai and beyond. Following our temple visit we will continue further up the mountain to visit a White Hmong Village.
See a variety of hilltribes such as Karen and Hmong. We will travel to a non-tourist area one hour from Chiang Mai. Visit authentic hill tribe villages, and see locals and their real daily lives This is a sample itinerary, and is flexible. This can be customised
- Pick up from hotel in Chiang Mai. Optional visit to Long neck hilltribe village, here you can also see Palong, Mien, Hmong, Karenhilltribes
- Head to Sameong. Along the way we will stop to explore aspects of local life such as local markets
- Visit Hmong village, local lunch
- Visit Tai Lue (minority) village, see local women weaving
- Visit to Karen village
- Back to hotel
On this Chiang Mai tour you will visit four of the most important Chiang Mai temples. You will see the architectural diversity between the Lanna, Thai, Sri Lankan, Burmese and Mon styles. If you are a temple buff or would like to get more aquatinted with some of Chiang Mai's temples then this is a great way to spend half a day. The tour will also drop by a real suburban Chiang Mai market where an abundance of thai and local foods are offered.
You will visit:
Wat Phra Singh - A perfect example of the classic Northern Thai or Lanna style of temple architecture.
Wat Chiang Man - The oldest temple in the city. Founded in 1296 and features typical northern Thai temple architecture.
Wat Chedi Luang - Well known for its huge earthquake damaged chedi which was once the tallest structure in Chiang Mai.
Wat Suan Dok - The flower garden temple. Built in a forest grove in 1373 and now surrounded by a group of whitewashed Lanna stupors housing the remain of past Thai Royal families.
An all day ( private elephant interaction tour ) spending a quality time with Asian elephants at Blue Tao Elephant Village. Learning how to be an elephant keeper for a day, cooking healthy treats and feeding them, cuddling baby elephant, 2 hours bareback riding through wonderful rainforest and pine woods, fun elephant bathing in the river and observing how happy they are when splashing dust & clay.
If you go for a drive out along San Kamphaeng Road to look at all the silk, silverware & gem factories and showrooms be sure to go and visit the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre (8km south east from Chiang Mai). The local artisans make the world famous Sa Paper umbrellas and parasols that would be a treasured gift for either yourself or someone special back at home.
You can watch the whole process as the workers hand make the paper lamps, fans, umbrellas and parasols from start to end. From making the bamboo struts, covering them with paper, putting them out to dry and then hand painting them.
The artists in the Handicraft Centre who meticulously hand paint all the decorations on to the umbrellas are always willing to paint a variety of beautiful designs on items that you bring to them (for example a Purse, handbag, hat, jacket, t-shirt, even the leg of your jeans). Even very complicated scenic designs can be painted on your object right in front of you in minutes. Prices are extremely reasonable and are negotiated with the particular artist, don't be stingy with your money as you will be very proud to show off the beautiful finished product.
There is a large shop attached to the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre which sells a huge variety of exquisitely painted umbrellas and parasols along with other locally made handicraft products. If you don't have room in your luggage to fit all your purchases, the centre can easily arrange to post the goods overseas to your home for you.
If you go there around the third weekend in January they hold the Bo Sang Umbrella & San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Fair each year, where all the local artisans compete to see who can make and decorate the best products
Chiang Rai is a travelers paradise endowed with abundant natural tourist attractions and antiquities; the province itself is evidence of past civilization. Attractions range from magnificent mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages as the province is also home to several hill tribes who maintain fascinating lifestyles. For those interested in the natural side of Chiang Rai, jungle trekking is recommended along various trails.
Chiang Rai which tends to be a little more ’laid back’ now competes with Chiang Mai as a tourist attraction and is fast becoming a popular escape for tourists wanting to get away from the troubles they left behind.
We specialize in customized tours for the discriminating traveler and discerning professional, providing historical and cultural insights so that your tour may be a true learning experience. Our guide were born and raised in the area and under the supervision of long-term residents of northern Thailand. We provide something for everyone from budget touring to deluxe safaris. Safety is also of paramount concern to us. Your needs will receive expert attention, ensuring an enjoyable sojourn to the Golden Triangle.
VISA CONSIDERATIONS Before setting off for the obligitory day-time crossing from Mae Sai Thailand into Tachilek Myanmar (Burma) consider your Visa status on return.
Entry (back) into Thailand by land, for those nationalities entitled to Tourist Visa Exemption,only provides a 15 day period. If you intend to remain in Thailand beyond 15 days, (from your Tacheilek day trip) you should use the VIP Pass method above.
Itinerary Visit the world famous Golden Triangle where the borders of three countries; Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar are met. See the Golden Buddha Statue and the panoramic view of Mekong River.
Then visit Opium Museum, a small museum with historical displays pertaining to opium culture include all the various implements used in the planting, harvest and all information about how dangerous of opium.
Lunch serve at the local restaurant on the bank of Mae Khong River.
The trip continues to Mae Sai, the Thailand-Myanmar border which is also the northernmost point of Thailand. Enjoy shopping local products from China and Myanmar.
Continue to Mae Sai Town, Thai-Myanmar trading border; Stop at immigration check point to process documents for entry into. After formalities cross the Sai River into Tha Chilek Town, Myanmar border town, witness local Burmese life in nearby village.
Take a Motor-Tricycle ride to explore the Tha Chilek with its Shan-style temple. Then ride around the town for city sightseeing though lanes and side streets, ending at the local market, famous for products from Southern China, Laos and Myanmar.
Travel along the mountainous highway to Lampang Province. Stop at the Local Thai Market where you can see local products of Northern Thailand and local handicrafts from Lampang city. Then visit Phrathat Lampang Luang Temple; the northern finest temple and best presentation of Lanna style architecture.
Explore with a unique colorful Horse Carriage around the town . Visit Baan Sao Nuk; a 150 years old teak house in northern Thai style and Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao, where the famous Emerald Buddha was enshrined for 32 years (from A.D. 1436 to 1468). Lunch serve at the local restaurant in Lampang Town.
Continue to Lamphun; its history dates back to 700 A.D. Visit Phrathat Haripunchai Temple; the tallest chedi is 46 meters high and is topped by a nine-tier umbrella made from 6.5 kg of gold. Also visit nearby Chamadevi Temple; dating back at least to the 10th century and the main chedi has five levels which on each level has twelve Buddhas in blessing attitudes. Relax while driving through a corridor of beautiful 130 years old Gum trees. Then transfer back to Chiang Mai.