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Tour code: 3685CNX10C
This half-day Chiang Mai temple tour explores the most famous and picturesque of the city’s 36 Buddhist Wats, the perfect introduction to Northern Thailand’s cultural and religious capital. Experience Chiang Mai’s most visually stunning Buddhist temples, including the gorgeous 600-year-old Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep atop the 5,300-foot (1,615 meter) Doi Suthep Peak, plus plenty of great photo-ops. The tour includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transport and hotel pick-up and drop-off from central Chiang Mai.


  • Visit the impressive temples of Chiang Mai including the 600-year old Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
  • Amazing views of Chiang Mai from the summit of Doi Suthep
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

The Chiang Mai temple tour is the perfect chance to sample the most famous and beautiful of the city’s 36 Buddhist temples (Wats), both inside the city walls and in the nearby countryside. 

Start your Chiang Mai temple tour with a pick-up from your hotel in the city about 30 minutes to an hour before the start of the tour. From there you’ll visit Wat Chedi, an ancient structure in Central Chiang Mai first constructed in 1411. The temple once rose over 278 feet (84 meters) above the city before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Glance inside the temple to observe statues of guardian spirits that some say protect the temple to this day. 

The tour will also ascend the rolling hills surrounding the Chiang Mai to experience the immaculate Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep, perched high above the urban center near the summit of the peak of Doi Suthep. The final staircase leading to the site is adorned with the impressive body of the mythical dragon-headed serpent, or Naga, snaking its way down 306 steps.

Over the course of the tour, gain first-hand insight into habits of the temples’ Buddhist monks as they go about their daily routines, plus plenty of opportunities to photograph historic environs of Chiang Mai and the majestic views from the foothills surrounding the city.

Customer Reviews

Natalyia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

An amazing tour... Very relaxing and the guide was super accommodating and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Chang Mai, one of the highlights!

Caroline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide - Sid, was excellent and our driver went above and beyond to ensure we were happy.

Latoussaint T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our half day tour of Chiang Mai City and Temples was excellent!! The transportation was on time, clean and cool air. The tour guide spoke clear english and was very professional. Enjoyed the tour!

Mohan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Exceptional tour guide and the entire tour was very fun and informative.

Lauren N M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was punctual, highly knowledgeable, and incredibly friendly! Transport was excellent and everything we did was very well planned. I highly recommend this tour!!!

Sabina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Incredible tour! A great way to start your trip to introduce you to the history of Chiang Mai!

Gill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Really well planned and our guide's English was excellent. We did not walk up to Doi Sethup but went up in a lift and walked down the many steps. Fasinating tour which included hearing the monks chant.

Laura A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very personal tour. Seeing monks praying is very moving. Also walking round a local market in the evening is great fun, as guide shows all sorts of different foods for you to try.x

Jennifer J USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This was such a great way to see the temples. Our guide was hilarious.informative and she made an effort to drop us off at another temple just so we got the full experience. They were late in picking us up, but that was due to traffic.

Joy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and respectful.

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