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From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Ethical Elephant Sanctuary Day Tour

Meet elephants on this guided day trip from Chiang Mia to the anna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary. Keep your clothes clean by wearing local clothes and boots. Travel in an airconditioned van and have the chance to feed and hug rescued elephants before sitting down to fresh lunch at a local restaurant.  Depart Chiang Mai and journey into the mountains of northern Thailand to visit the ethical Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary (approximately 1-hour drive from the city center). Upon arrival, learn about the elephant conservation program and benefit from an introductory talk and the chance to interact with the rescued animals. Get the chance to give them a hug and discover how to prepare a healthy meal to feed them. Go for a walk around the sanctuary with the elephants and stop to give them a mud bath to keep their body temperature down and protect them from parasites. Feed them before enjoying a homemade lunch at a restaurant inside the sanctuary.

From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

2. From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

Uncover the secrets of Thailand's famed Golden Triangle on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Travel aboard an airconditioned van from a centrally-located meeting point. Visit the Mae Kachan hot springs and the White Temple. Explore the Mekong river on a longtail boat and enjoy a tasty lunch. After a 07:00 AM pick-up in central Chiang Mai, depart for Chiang Rai, stopping for a short break at Mae Kachan hot springs. Visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, before continuing to the Golden Triangle area. Go to Wat Phra That Chedi Luang (limited access). See the Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar borders from the Golden Triangle viewpoint. Stop for lunch before spending time at House of Opium. Enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. On the way back to Chiang Mai take a break to stretch your legs in Mae Suay or Wiang Pa Pao district and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The estimated arrival time in Chiang Mai city is 8:30 PM. The arrival time in Chiang Mai City depends on the traffic conditions, amount of passengers, and any other unforeseen circumstances.

Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

3. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

4. 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who climb up 309 steps to the stupa on the hilltop. Get spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings. Then, visit a village and museum of the ethnic Hmong hill tribe, located inside the boundaries of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Learn more about the life of the tribe, known for their colorful costumes and handicraft traditions. Return to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel.

Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

5. Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Begin your private experience with a pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp, located up the hill, get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Learn about Asian Elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Continue with elephant bathing in the river and say a farewell to your new, big friends as you set off on the next part of your tour. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Tha lunch, eating dishes with rice and finishing off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruits. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple that is situated on the top of a mountain. You can reach the top by walking up or using the elevator. At the very top, there is a golden chedi and terrace adorned with small shrines, breadfruit trees, rock gardens and, an Emerald Buddha statue. From the mountain top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the lush greenery below.

Chiang Mai: Evening Local Street Food Market Tour

6. Chiang Mai: Evening Local Street Food Market Tour

Begin by being greeted at your Chiang Mai accommodation by your local guide, and then meet your fellow foodies. For a more personal experience the group size is limited to eight people Follow a route that will take you to two evening food markets, where you will try a wide variety of dishes, from kannon jin (Chinese noodles) to northern Thai speciliaities, coconut dumplings, stewed pork leg, and if you still some space, finishing with some of Thailand's distinctive desserts and sweets. This is a perfect time to learn some basic Thai phrases from your guide, and then practice ordering dishes in Thai. You'll receive a short leaflet highlighting some of the most popular street food dishes, and with this and your new language skills you can continue to explore the wonderful street food for the rest of your stay in Thailand. With a small group and an experiened guide, you'll have plently of time to ask questions about unfamiliar foods, ingredients and how to eat some of Thailand's more exotic dishes as well as learn about the role of certain dishes in Thai culture. After you have tasted your way through both food markets, you'll hop back into your transport for the return trip to your accommodation, where the tour concludes.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Trip

7. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Trip

Soak in the waters of the Mae Kajan hot springs and visit the White Temple on this day trip from Chiang Mai. Ride in an air-conditioned coach or van. Savor and authentic Thai lunch, tasty snacks, and fresh fruits. Go to a market on Don Sao Island, the Opium House Museum, and the Long Neck tribe. Depart Chiang Mai and journey towards Chiang Rai, stopping at the hot springs of Mae Kajan to soak your feet in the healing waters. Then, visit the temple of Wat Rong Khun and marvel at is white exterior inlaid with mirrored glass. Enter the "Golden Triangle" to see the city of Chiang Saen. Enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant before climbing aboard a boat for a ride along the Mekong River (optional). Cross into Laos and go to the market at Don Sao Island. Visit the Opium House Museum to learn more about opium and why it was once as expensive as gold.  Get the chance to stop at a hill tribe village en route back to Chiang Mai and meet the people of the Long Neck tribes.

Chiang Mai: Temples & Culture Tour

8. Chiang Mai: Temples & Culture Tour

Explore the historical and cultural heritage of Chiang Mai on a small-group or private tour of the most important temples, including Phra Singh, Chedi Luang and Chiang Man. Benefit from hotel pick-up, and then make your way by air-conditioned minivan to the active temple of Wat Phra Singh. Marvel at the highly revered Buddha images of the 14th-century monument, including the important Buddha statue of Phra Buddha Sihing. Discover the largest monument of Chiang Mai during the days of the Lanna Kingdom at the beautiful Wat Chedi Luang. Learn more about the ancient rulers of Northern Thailand on a tour of the temple grounds. Continue to Wat Chiang Man, built by the Lanna king Mangrai in 1297 AD. See historical artifacts that tell the story of the city at the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre, built in the traditional northern architectural style with a typical Lanna-style.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

9. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

Start off your full-day tour to Chiang Rai with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 06:15 and 06:45 AM. See the countryside on a long but comfortable drive with your Spanish-speaking guide. Stop at the hot springs halfway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The water is warm enough that you will witness locals boiling their breakfast eggs in the geothermal water.  Then, visit the iconic White Temple, an impressive temple known worldwide for its unique sculptures and carvings. Capture the beauty of this photogenic point designed by Thailand's famous artist, Chaloemchai. Next, head off to the Big Buddha, an impressive statue and temple at the top of a small hill. If there is no special celebration that day, you can go up inside the Buddha's head and take in the views. Have a lunch break and dig in to a delicious Thai meal. Move on to the next highlight, a visit to the Black House Museum. Learn about the history behind this Lanna-style house designed by artist Thawan Duchanee. See his masterpieces in a contemporary artwork museum. Discover sculptures, wooden carvings, and furniture created by him. In the afternoon, see another of Chiang Rai’s gems, The Blue Temple, with its impressive murals. Listen to the history of the city and temple from your informative Spanish guide. You will have the option to visit the Karen Village if you would like to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of the northern hill tribes. Wear traditional outfits, learn how to craft handmade goods, and see the famous neck rings worn by Karen women. After a full day of sightseeing and exploring, make the journey back to Chiang Mai. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 7:00 PM.

From Chiang Mai: Inthanon National Park 9-Hour Group Tour

10. From Chiang Mai: Inthanon National Park 9-Hour Group Tour

Depart Chiang Mai for Doi Inthanon National Park to see Thailand’s highest mountain in the tropical forests south of the city. Go to the highest peak for a panoramic view and pay your respects at the shrine of King Intharawichayanont. Next, enjoy a short hike along the Angkha Natural Trail. See the twin stupas that commemorate the birthday of King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit. Go to a local market of the Hmong hill tribe before visiting the Royal Agricultural Research Center, set up to support local projects in place of opium farming. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the Karen hill tribe village of Mae Klang Luang and get a stunning view of the Vachiratharn Waterfall.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,828 reviews

We had such a wonderful experience on this trip largely because we had such excellent guides! Mr. Anan was extremely knowledgeable of both the temple area and waterfall and treated us to a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Mr. Ohm was a very reliable driver and kept us comfortable and safe for the rather long journey. Mr. Anan also took wonderful pictures of us throughout the day and even made them into a short movie for my husband and I!! Truly an excellent experience, I would not hesitate to recommend them to my family and friends. Thank you!!

We had such an enjoyable day at the Lanna Kingdom Elephant Sanctuary! Our guide / driver (Alex) was very helpful guiding us through the various activities including cooking a meal for the elephants! We were definitely a bit nervous never having been that close to such large and majestic creatures but the owners were all very helpful and reassuring. Also the pad Thai that was cooked for lunch was so delicious!! I would definitely recommend this tour to my family and friends. Thank you!!

Mona was a fantastic tour guide! She was very knowledgeable about all the questions we asked, and had great English so we could understand her perfectly! She even taught us how to speak a few words in Thai. Highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to squeeze a lot into one day!

Great sanctuary with a lot of respect and love for each of the animals, the owners are really nice too! I definitely don’t regret to have done it, that’s an incredible experience and I am pretty sure I won’t do it again anywhere else like that, so 100% worth it.

Our guide Mr. M was very dedicated and explained a lot about the tourist spots we went. We enjoyed our day trip!