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Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Organised Trips

Chiang Mai Countryside By E-Bike

In the lush, unspoiled countryside around Chiang Mai, life goes on much as it has for centuries, and travelling around it on two wheels allows you to become part of it in a way that would be impossible from a car. After a short drive to collect your electric bike, you and your fellow cyclists will head off along quiet lanes flanked by rice paddies and orchards, catching glimpses of water buffaloes pulling wooden ploughs through muddy fields or simple carts filled with the harvest. You’ll pedal past tiny villages of traditional palm-thatched wooden houses on stilts, and stop at one to soak up the tranquil atmosphere, meet some of the people who call it home and visit a school where most of the pupils are from hill-tribe communities. A simple Thai meal is the perfect finale to a memorable adventure.

• Daily departures
• Year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The trip covers around 25km at a leisurely pace, so is suitable for all levels of rider in reasonable health. However, it’s not recommended for children under the age of 14.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8,30am or 1.30pm
End time: 1pm or 6pm

Chiang Mai Street Food

Northern Thailand’s distinctive food culture is a product of its history and geography, with influences from Laos, Burma and the Khmer Empire. On this gastronomic evening tour, you’ll learn all about its most typical dishes from someone who grew up eating them, and discover Chiang Mai’s laidback nighttime vibe at the same time. Your foodie experience will kick off with a starter at a small restaurant that specialises in the local Lanna cuisine, as it's called. Afterwards, you’ll continue on to the nearby night market - a hive of activity after dark - where stall after stall serves up irresistible street food and drinks of every kind. You’ll learn how each is made and, of course, sample more than a few. Rounding things off in style, the tour concludes with a nightcap at a hip riverside bar.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is not suitable for under 18s. Local beer is included, but there’s a surcharge for the optional craft-beer tasting.

Duration:

Evening

Start time: 5.30pm
End time: 10.30pm

Chiang Mai’s Highlights in Half a Day

Thailand’s second city is an engaging place to spend a few days, and it’s not short on must-see sights either. On this half-day adventure, you’ll start in the hustle and bustle of Warorot, Chiang Mai’s oldest market. Inside the three-storey building, there are stalls selling a dizzying array of local foodstuffs, as well as clothing, beauty products and more, and the action spills out into the streets around it. From here, you’ll cross into the city’s moated old quarter for a complete change of tempo at Wat Phra Singh, known for the beautiful and intricate gilded facade of its main building. Next you’ll head to Wat Suan Dok, just beyond the city walls, with its garden of whitewashed tombs and golden pagoda. Finally, you’ll be driven up the winding road to the summit of Doi Suthep mountain to visit the ancient and venerated Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. On a clear day, you can see the 600-year-old gold-plated Chedi at its heart from miles away, and it’s even more impressive up close. Don’t miss the promenade at the rear of the temple: the view of the city from here is stunning.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
As the itinerary includes several temples, you’ll need to dress appropriately: long trousers, below-the-knee skirts and covered shoulders.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8.30am or 1pm
End time: Midday or 5pm

Elephant Care Experience in Chiang Mai

The elephant is the national symbol of Thailand and these beautiful creatures have long played a role in the country’s daily life. They’ve transported people, hauled heavy loads in logging camps and even gone into battle. More recently, as the numbers in the wild have dwindled to dangerous levels, concerns have also grown about the treatment of those in captivity, leading to the creation of sanctuaries with a robust ethical approach. On this visit to a “retirement home” for rescued elephants, you’ll observe them in their natural environment, help prepare their food and balls of healing herbs, and feed them, while hearing about the issues that confront the species today. It’s a truly memorable experience for anyone with a genuine appreciation of these noble animals.

• Daily departures
• Year round
• Group experience

Good to know
The camp has a “no riding” policy, and the day’s exact timetable is dictated by the elephants; if they don’t feel like doing something, they will not be expected to do it.

Duration:

Half day

Start time: 8am
End time: 3pm

Thai Cooking Class in Chiang Mai

It’s hard to think of a more long-lasting legacy of a trip to Thailand than being able to recreate some of its best-loved dishes back home. On this full-day cooking class in the countryside outside Chiang Mai, you’ll begin with a visit to the local produce market to learn about the key ingredients - from herbs and spices to vegetables and roots - and how to choose the best. From here, you’ll head into the kitchen where a professional chef will teach you how to prepare three classic Thai dishes, which you’ll enjoy for lunch. In the afternoon session, you’ll expand your knowledge of the country’s cuisine further with another hands-on session, before your private transfer back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
Suitable for children over 12. The cost includes private transfers to and from Chiang Mai, but the class itself is shared with other participants.

Duration:

Full day

Start time: 9am
End time: 3pm