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  • Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration:4 - 5 hours

Mae Ping River Small-Group Tour

Explore the hidden gems of Chiang Mai and the Mae Ping River with a knowledgeable guide who shares the history and culture of this old northern city of Thailand. Your tour includes stops at the Buddhist temple Wat Chai Mongkol, a Mae Ping River river cruise by long-tail boat and a delicious authentic Thai lunch at a local farmer’s house. Take an informative walk through gardens to learn about local plant life, then visit bustling Warorot Market and nearby Ton Lam Yai Flower Market.

Highlights

  • Small-group Mae Ping River tour from Chiang Mai
  • Visit magnificent Wat Chai Mongkol and view its collection of Buddhist artifacts
  • Glide down the Mae Ping River on a shaded boat and admire the riverside scenery
  • Have lunch at a local farmer's house, and visit a garden to learn about plants and herbs
  • Browse the Warorot Market and Ton Lam Yai Flower Market for Thai souvenirs and goods
  • Learn about Chiang Mai from your local guide
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Mae Ping River Small-Group Tour

Flower Market

After morning pickup at your hotel, head to the Mae Ping River to see Wat Chai Mongkol. Walk through the grand temple with your guide and learn about the Buddhist tradition of offering alms to monks, gaining insight into the importance of Thai religious practices.

Next, hop on board a long-tail boat for a Mae Ping River cruise. The Mae Ping flows through Chiang Mai and provides irrigation for the rice paddies that surround the city. As you gently drift downriver, see classic teak houses and farms planted with soy, garlic and other crops.

Stop for lunch at a farmer's home and try a signature northern noodle soup: khao soi. The rich broth is flavored with coconut milk and curry, then served over Chinese egg noodles with chicken or beef, and topped with an array of garnishes: crispy shallots, pickled mustard greens, fiery chili, fresh cilantro and lime. Delicious!

When you have slurped your noodles, walk with your guide to a lush garden where you learn about favorite local vegetables and herbs, then visit fruit orchards and see rice paddies, strawberries, and coffee and tea plantations along the Mae Ping River.

After your walk, return by songthaew (a commonly used passenger truck) to central Chiang Mai. Stop at Warorot Market, a three-story building with stalls that overflow with all types of household goods, crafts, textiles and food. Sample some tasty bites and learn about dishes that are local favorites.

Finally, meander through Ton Lam Yai Flower Market where thousands of fresh-cut flowers make an excellent backdrop for photo ops. From there, return to Wat Chai Mongkol where your tour ends. Your guide can provide assistance with local transport to your hotel or next destination.

Customer Reviews

doodly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I was the only person booked on this tour and I was looked after very well. The tour was very informative and we covered a lot of things. My guide was wonderful and as I was travelling alone 19yr old female he even organised a taxi back to my hotel so I would get back safely. I really enjoyed my day out. The food was delicious and the markewts a lot of fun.

Ivor F D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

This was a great trip up the reiver with hits very serene scenes. The meal aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the natural produce at the end stop was sensational Enjoyed the food , the guide and the boat exoerience

Darlene T

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2014

The tour was pretty fun but very overpriced for what you get. The best part was the visit to the farm/restaurant. The lunch provided was great! The big disappointment was that our tour guide didn't drop us at the flower market. We were dumped off several blocks away and had to find it.

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