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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration:  4-5 hours
Explore the soul and spirit of Chiang Mai on this small-group cultural tour! Rise early and watch Chiang Mai come to life as you visit one of its liveliest markets. Enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast at a local market and get a glimpse of a typical morning routine. Gain insight into Chiang Mai's deeply religious culture by visiting two well-known Buddhist temples, and strike up a conversation with a monk.

Highlights

  • Chiang Mai morning culture tour, including Buddhist temples
  • Discover the cultural and spirit of Chiang Mai
  • Visit the vibrant Kad Thon Payom market and enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast
  • Enter the tunnels of Wat Umong and see the impressive Buddha images
  • See the picturesque Wat Suan Dok, with a collection of snow-white Buddhist stupas
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group ensures personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour

Wat Umong

Your morning cultural tour of Chiang Mai starts as you jump aboard the songthaew, an iconic Thai passenger vehicle, and take a scenic drive down Suthep Road. Along the way, stop by Kad Thon Payom, a market renowned for its northern Thai cuisine and fresh fruits. See a variety of fascinating foods, from herbs to live fish to exotic fruits. Join in on the tradition of offering food to monks before enjoying a delicious Thai breakfast.

Continue on to Wat Umong, a 600-year-old Buddhist temple built in the foothills of Suthep Mountain and surrounded by forests. The most unique features of the temple are the tunnels that give the wat its name (umong is the Thai word for "tunnel"). Inside the temple, you'll see an impressive image of a fasting Buddha along with a large stupa (a mound-like structure filled with Buddhist artifacts). Keep your eyes open for the hundreds of Buddhist proverbs in English and Thai posted on trees throughout the grounds.

Then visit Wat Suan Dok, a 14th-century temple built in a forest grove for Phra Sumana Thera, a visiting monk from Sukhothai. The striking, white bell-shaped temple boasts a 20-foot (6-meter) Buddha. Wat Suan Dok is special because of its large prayer hall and the sides of the chapel, which are open instead of completely enclosed. Learn more about Buddhism by chatting with a Buddhist monk through the temple’s Monk Talk program.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Very informative. Exceptional tour guide. Answered all of my questions in detail. She was very patient with me. We purchased food, then gave it to the monks and received a blessing. We went to a novices breakfast and listened to the elder state his prayers and instructions, then we were able to photograph the monks as they ate their morning meal. It was an extraordinary tour; I recommend it highly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Up close and personal, loved it!

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