Start your morning early with hotel pickup in central Chiang Mai.
Your guide takes you to Srisodain temple where your learn about the practice of offering alms to the monks, an important Buddhist ritual in Thailand. Each morning, monks in saffron-colored robes walk along the streets carrying their alms bowls, which local people fill with food. You have the chance to participate in this Thai custom and receive blessings in return.
Next, take a local minivan back to your hotel for breakfast. Afterward, continue to Warorod Market, the oldest and largest market in Chiang Mai. Your guide leads you through the bustling indoor space where you stalls are piled high with fruit, vegetables, spices, and a variety of other goods.
From the market, hop into a trishaw to visit the Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Centre, which is located in a colonial-style building that dates to 1927. Have time to browse exhibits about the art and handicraft traditions of the region, and the history of Chiang Mai from prehistoric times, through the Lanna kingdom, and to the present.
Transfer to the riverside to board a longtail boat for a 45-minute journey over the Ping River, which shows another perspective on Chiang Mai. At the end of the boat cruise, your guide transfers you back to your hotel to end your tour.