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Chiang Mai’s Highlights: Sightseeing Night Bike Tour

1. Chiang Mai’s Highlights: Sightseeing Night Bike Tour

Begin your laid-back evening bike tour at 6.00 PM by heading towards the old city wall’s eastern gate, passing many of Chiang Mai’s quaint lanes. Arrive at the first stop, Tha Phae Gate, which was once the entrance through which traders brought their wares into the city. Learn more about Chiang Mai's history as a trading hub at this beautifully restored gate.  Continue your ride through the spaghetti streets of the old city to the temple Wat Intakhin, with its serene 700 hundred year old white Buddha and the Three Kings Monument, where you will hear about the founding of Chiang Mai. Proceed with the tour to the city moat. Leaving the bikes by the side of the moat, walk across to Wat Lok Molee with its beautifully illuminated stupa and ornate wooden prayer hall. At this time of day you have a good chance of hearing the monks chanting their prayers.  The next stop is Chiang Mai’s grandest monument: Wat Chedi Luang was built to house the ashes of a king and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, now housing the City Pillar and 3 auspicious dipterocarp trees which provide protection to the city. Cycle to Chiang Mai’s Gate Market for the last stop and wander through the bustling night market. Walking through the market, your guide will point out the different types of street foods available. After selecting some food to sample, sit down with a drink and enjoy the night market atmosphere.

Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

2. Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

Explore Chiang Mai’s more popular temples with a Tuk Tuk and take a stroll through the eclectic and colorful Warorot Street Market in this half-day tour. The first stop will be Wat Chedi Luang. Known as the “Temple of the Big Stupa”, this 700+-year-old temple, famous for its Lanna-inspired designs, was once the home of the much-revered Emerald Buddha statue. Take a visit there today and you'll see a replica version which was a donation from the Thai king.  Pass by the 3 Kings Monument, a shrine named after the three founders of Chiang Mai, before moving on to Wat Phra Singh temple. One of the more venerated temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century and is famous for its northern Thai designs and impeccable gardens. Next, visit the Tha Phae Gate. A famous landmark for locals and visitors alike, it was once part of a high-bricked defensive wall that surrounded the city. Discover the host of bars, restaurants, and hotels within walking distance. After wandering around the gate, visit Wat Srisuphan, or the Silver Temple which was named after its ornate silver-colored designs. Before the day ends, stop at Warorot Market or Muang Mai Street Market and shop for local street food or produce.

Chiang Mai: Nighttime City Highlights Tram Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Nighttime City Highlights Tram Tour

06.00 p.m. Meet a local tour guide at the meeting point, Three King Monument, and then brief history of Chiang Mai history in this area. Get on the tram around moat and city gates through numerous temples, local market with vibrant street food scene with a local foodie. A short stop for highlight places - Wat Lok Molee, one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai - Chiang Mai Gate, the best street food spot for local and tourist - Wat Chedi Luang, enormous temple for the most important city and religious ceremonies - Wat Pan Tao, originally build as a royal residence with Lanna architecture 08.00 p.m. Drop off at Three King Monument

Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

Plan your own tour of Chiang Mai and have your own driver take you around the temples, markets, and famous sights. Shop for local food at Warorot Market, visit sacred temples such as Wat Chiang Man, and buy handicrafts on Chang Moi Street. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Craft your own itinerary and indicate three to four attractions you would like to see when you purchase your trip. Take note of the distance between locations when you are planning. Give your guide some options so that the best tour schedule can be designed for you. If you are unsure, check out the sacred temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, or Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa). Visit Warorot Market and see the clothes, local products, and food on sale at the most famous market in Northern Thailand. Check out the silver temple at Wat Srisuphan, purchase fruit and flowers at Ton Lamyai Flower Market, and walk along Chang Moi Street, known for selling handicrafts. Take in the famous landmark of Tha Pae Gate, the eastern gate of the walled city. The complete list of attractions includes Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa), Wat Phan Tao, 3 Kings Monument, Wat Chiang Man (Chiang Mai’s oldest temple), Wat Lok Moli, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Umong (tunnel temple), Wat Srisuphan (silver temple), Warorot Market (Kad Luang), Ton Lamyai Flower Market (fruit and flower market), Thapae Gate, Chang Moi Street (handicraft street), Kruba Srivichai Monument, Wat Pha Lat (Hidden Temple).

Chiang Mai: History & Mouth Watering Food Tour

5. Chiang Mai: History & Mouth Watering Food Tour

At 9.00 AM, you will meet your licensed guide at the Three Kings monument. Begin the trip by walking to various restaurants, then continue on to stop by a local market to experience Chiang Mai's tasty local food. Then, visit the temples, wet market, and key attractions in the city. Go slowly by foot and take local transportation to observe the local people's way of life in Chiang Mai. Your licensed tour guide will show you around and introduce you to the local culture. At 12:00 PM you end your tour in Chiang Mai's old city. Feel free to continue exploring the old city on your own before saying goodbye to your guide.

Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour

6. Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour

Discover the back streets inside the Old City walls of Chiang Mai on a slow and easy 12-kilometer bike ride suitable for families with young children. Meander through the small lanes to sights such as the Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple where ancient marble and crystal Buddha images are enshrined. Discover the rarely visited Wat Sadue Muang, known as the "“Temple of the City Navel” in reference to the location where the temple was built over 700 years ago. See its glorious white Buddha statue and the Three Kings Monument. Learn more about the Wat Chedi Luang, built to house the ashes of a Lanna king and formerly the home of the Emerald Buddha now at the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Admire the gate of Tha Phae, where traders used to bring their wares into the city, and learn about Chiang Mai's history as a trading hub. Then, wander through Somphet Market and taste a few of the local fruits and sweets.

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What people are saying about Three Kings Monument

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 37 reviews

We had an absolutely amazing experience, sweet driver and guide. We saw the perfect amount of temples, and we got some exciting history about both the temples, but also the history of Northern Thailand. We also got to see some different food markets. All in all, it was a very actual experience that my boyfriend and I can definitely recommend to others.

Lily was extremely knowledgeable and provided so many interesting insights and stories. And she took us to some fabulous food places. The sticky rice and jackfruit dishes were standouts. Thank you for such an enjoyable experience.

Pen was a great guide, very knowledgeable and considerate once I told her my dietary requirements she made sure to take me to places I could eat and explain what things were. Couldn’t recommend a better guide to show you around

A wonderful day with May, who told us so much worth knowing about Chiang Mai and the temples. The driver Pim did a good job too. We would definitely recommend the tour, it was one of the highlights of the trip.

It was a great intro to Chiang Mai, history plus temples plus great interesting street food! Peh was a great guide too!