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Chiang Mai: Temples & Culture Tour

1. 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.

Chiang Mai Top Temples & Handicraft Center Private Day Tour

2. Chiang Mai Top Temples & Handicraft Center Private Day Tour

Enjoy a day visiting Chiang Mai's ancient temples and a handicraft center to see craftsmen at work. The first stop is the 14th-century Wat Chediluang, in the heart of old city. Continue to Wat Phra Sing, the city's most venerated temple. Its smaller worship hall is a fine example of Lanna architecture. Afterwards, visit Wat Chiang Man, the first temple in Chiang Mai built by King Mangrai. Enjoy authentic Thai food for lunch before visiting the Doi Suthep Temple, perched on a mountaintop at 3,520 feet above sea level. Head to the Sankampaeng handicraft center to see silk weaving and to visit silverware, lacquerware, ceramics and jewelry factories.

Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

3. 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: Ancient Temples Guided Spanish Tour

4. Chiang Mai: Ancient Temples Guided Spanish Tour

Discover some of Chiang Mai’s most stunning temples and discover delicious treats at a popular food market on a half-day tour with a Spanish-speaking guide. Choose from a shared group tour or a private tour. Meet your Spanish guide in front of the gates of the Wat Phra Sing temple, one of the most important and well-known temples in Chiang Mai. Explore the picturesque grounds and lush garden and get a deeper understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist monks.    Continue to uncover another jewel of Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang, an ancient temple that was used as a fortress to protect property and monarchy from Burmese invasions. Inside the enclosure, you will see the huge chedi, a traditional hemispherical structure, where the Emerald Buddha was once one display. Next, visit the oldest temple in Chiang Mai made of teak wood, Wat Phan Tao. Wander around and see the garden and the different enclosures. The temple’s chedi has many elephant figures around it, making it a photogenic point where you can see rituals on many days. Lastly, go to a local fruit and vegetable market with beautiful wall interiors. Listen as your guide informs you about how the produce is used in Thai cuisine. The tour will be at around 1:00 PM and your guide will give you recommendations for places to enjoy a delicious lunch.

Chiang Mai: Historic Old City 4-Hour Bike Tour

5. 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 Wat Chiang Man

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 95 reviews

Me and my girlfriend had an amazing day. We learnt so much about Buddhism and the temples. Our tour guide Jackie used to be a monk for seven years so is full of knowledge and wisdom. Jackie took us for some beautiful food and even recommended a dish for us which is now my girlfriends favourite Thai dish. Jackie’s English is perfect and he is very funny and great to be around. His driver Mr Wan was also great and they both really looked after us. Would fully recommend this tour and if we ever come back to Chiang Mai we would definitely tour with Jackie.

I learned so much about each temple history and the history of Thailand through my guide, Sid. Both Sid and Pon were so kind & accommodating! Sid let me partake in the praying and offering at each temple and explained all the etiquette and customs. At the end of the tour they even made a stop (at my personal request) at Waroros Market so I can pick up some durian chips to bring home. I recommend anyone who’s looking to see some of Chiang Mai’s temples to take this tour.

Our guide, Po, spoke very good English, and told us really a lot about history of the places. He was very interested in sharing a lot of culture himself, and we really left knowing a lot about Thailand, people, culture and religion, than before. All temples were beautiful and museum visit was very interesting. This is a very good choice of tour to start exploring Chiang mai.

I had Paul take me on the tour and wow he is exceptionally knowledgeable. This was the best way to see the temples in Chiang Mai so you can understand the story and history of what you’re looking at. Paul (his English name), was so knowledgeable, courteous and I was engaged throughout. Cold water and face towel in the searing heat. Highly recommend this tour!

Increíble experiencia! El guía fue excepcional y nos platico acerca de la historia, filosofía budismo, cultura, los templos, fue lo mejor de nuestro viaje como experiencia in situ por su apertura, respondiendo todas nuestras dudas.