Wat Umong Tours

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This Buddhist temple near Doi Suthep mountain is also known as the “Tunnel Temple,” both for its unique network of underground tunnels and its location in the forest. There is a large stupa to visit, as well as “talking trees,” which feature words of wisdom in both Thai and English. Monks here live in a very natural setting, among deer and ponds full of fish and turtles.

Stroll the temple grounds under trees and across trails, or explore the underground tunnels, featuring many shrines to Buddha. It is said that the tunnels, dug underneath an artificial mound, were created to keep a highly regarded monk who was prone to wandering from getting too far from the temple. It was later abandoned, adding to its ancient, wooded feel—but today several monks live on the site. Its tranquil environment makes it a popular spot for meditation.

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Wat Umong is situated in the forest outside of Chiang Mai, but its peaceful natural surroundings warrant a visit. It is located about a mile (2 km) from the city, and the best way to get there is via taxi or tuk tuk. The temple is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
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Address: Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Hours: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour

Rise early for an authentic glimpse of Chiang Mai’s Buddhist culture. Experience a typical morning routine as your start your day with almsgiving to the monks. You’ll ride a ‘songthaew’ to a lively market with your guide and enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast. Then visit two well-known Buddhist temples — Wat Umong and Wat Suan Dok — and gain insight into Thailand as you converse with a monk. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to nine people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Chiang Mai Temple Tour with Doi Suthep and Wat Umong

Visit several cultural and religious sites around Chiang Mai on this 8- to 9-hour tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant. You'll see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in the area, as well as Wat Umong, Wat Suan Dok, and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$112.50
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour from Chiang Mai

Explore the countryside of Chiang Mai on a full-day bike tour led by an experienced guide. Ride the train a short distance to Lamphun, former capital of the ancient Mon Kingdom. Disembark in the small city and pedal to the famous temple Wat Phra That Hariphunchai. Continue past villages and rice paddies, stopping at the market for a simple Thai lunch. Visit the wood-carving village of Ban Tawai, a beekeeper near Doi Suthep and the forest temple of Wat Umong as you return by bike to Chiang Mai.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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