After hotel pickup in the early morning, start your cultural tour of Chiang Mai with a scenic ride down Suthep Road in a songthaew (a typical Thai passenger vehicle with two bench seats).
Stop at Kad Ton Payom Market, renowned for its fresh fruits and flowers, aromatic spices and northern Thai cuisine. You can participate in the local tradition of almsgiving — offering food to Buddhist monks — before you fortify yourself with breakfast.
Your guide accompanies your small group to the Buddhist temple of Wat Umong, nestled in the forested foothills of Suthep Mountain. Learn about the Buddhist proverbs posted throughout the grounds in English and Thai before you head inside to see the impressive Buddha statue.
You’ll also visit the 14th-century Wat Suan Dok, a white bell-shaped temple housing a 20-foot (6-meter) Buddha. See the large prayer hall and the unique open-sided chapel, then enjoy an opportunity to chat with a monk about Buddhism and temple life.
Your 4- to 5-hour tour of Chiang Mai ends with drop-off at centrally located hotels.