Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai Organised Trips

Chiang Mai Old Town Walking Tour

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 take one of the distinctive red local taxis, or songthaew, to a laidback guesthouse by the main entrance to the moated old quarter. From here, a short walk will take you across the moat to Somphet, a typical small food market packed with stalls piled high with fruit, vegetables and more. Next, you’ll wander along atmospheric alleyways to Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple. After a visit to the fascinating Folklife Museum, where you’ll learn something of the local Lanna culture, you’ll explore two more ornate temples: Wat Phan Tao and Wat Phra Singh. Finish with a taste of local street food for lunch before another songthaew whisks you back to your hotel.

• Daily departures
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
The tour is mainly on foot, so parents should ensure their children will be fine with walking or able to be carried if necessary. 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
End time: Midday

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

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

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