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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See the golden pagodas of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep before the crowds arrive, following an early-morning almsgiving to local Buddhist monks. With a private guide at your side, you’ll gain insight into Thai spiritual life in Chiang Mai, including a private blessing ceremony at Wat Umong. After immersion in Buddhist devotional practices, slurp up a lunch of ‘khao soy,’ a northern-style noodle dish. Your 5-hour private tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Almsgiving and temples tour in Chiang Mai with a private guide
  • Rise early to join the locals in providing morning alms to monks
  • Climb the steps up Mt Suthep to the Doi Suthep temples for splendid views before the crowds arrive
  • Visit the lesser-known temple of Wat Umong for a private Buddhist blessing
  • Savor the unique flavors of a northern specialty dish of khao soy
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private, air-conditioned minivan
Meet your private guide upon hotel pickup in Chiang Mai in the early morning, and travel by air-conditioned minivan to Mt Suthep where you’ll join local Buddhist devotees in almsgiving. Your guide helps you fill the monks’ alms bowls with rice as they make their daily procession. 

Re-board the minivan to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Buddhist monastery where you’ll disembark to climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase. Reaching the top, admire the golden pagodas, a magnificent Emerald Buddha replica and the vista over Chiang Mai.

Your next stop includes a walk through mysterious tunnels leading to the 14th-century Wat Umong. During a private blessing ceremony with resident Buddhist monks, soak up the ambient sounds of chanting amid flickering candles and the scent of incense.

Finally, sate your appetite with a classic northern Thai dish called khao soy, which is made with coconut milk, crispy noodles and plenty of spices. After this savory breakfast, you’re delivered back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Take a closer look at Chiang Mai’s rich traditions with an early morning tour with monks
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Umong
this sacred temple contains a network of mysterious tunnels and caves. In one of these quiet corners, receive a special blessing from a local monk.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai.

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A Truly Spiritual Experience
nunhoch2000
, Feb 2020
Our guide, Pookie, was fabulous. She was the best tour guide out of 10 during our 3-week vacation in Thailand. A very special day. Up before sunrise to give alms to the monks was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then on to the top of the mountain in Chiang Mai to the Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. This is truly one of most beautiful man-made places I've ever seen. Next, it was to the bottom of the mountain to Wat Umong, built into the mountain. We ended the tour breaking bread with Pookie. She is well educated and has been a tour guide for nearly 20 yrs. Chock full of information about all the sites, not to mention the history and culture of the country. She is warm and funny and if you are fortunate enough to have her as your guide, I can guarantee the time spent with her will be a highlight of your time in Thailand. A truly spiritual experience.
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Almsgiving temple tour
Travel68627112657
, Mar 2019
Excellent a great experience, tour guide was brilliant and being a monk before had great knowledge. A must in chaing mai
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Well worth it
Dreamer41065045827
, Mar 2019
Guide was incredibly thoughtful and gave us a lot of great information about Chiangmai and Thailand. The temples inside the city are easy to do independently, but I really think the two offered on this tour should be seen with a guide. Definitely would recommend to any of my friends.
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Great tour and brilliant guide
Escape65309316940
, Nov 2018
Brilliant tour and great insites into the temples. Early start but really worth it to get a good look around all the areas without the usual tourist traffic
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Awesome Experience
island75
, Nov 2018
Our guide Aittippol Keelawong was the best! We received a confirmation call the day before alerting us to inform the hotel to prepare a breakfast box for our early morning departure which we assumed we would have just skipped breakfast. He arrived promptly at the scheduled time with Excellent English Skills.He was very informative explaining not only the alms giving but the history of the Temple. It was nice having him explain the food at lunch. Overall excellent tour made enjoyable by a great tour guide!
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One of the best tours I have ever been...
Debra C
, Sep 2018
One of the best tours I have ever been on. Massive thank you to Pat
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spent 4 days 3 nights in ChingMai...
Yin Z
, Jul 2018
spent 4 days 3 nights in ChingMai. Day 1 arriving in early afternoon, sign up for a cooking school that night. Joined this morning tour on Day 2, and went for zip line in the afternoon. Went for a performance dinner at night at Mandarin Oriental. Day 3 signed up for a full day tour to Ching Rai black, white and blue temples. Day 4 just wondering in the resort, city, spa and heading to airport. It is an unforgettable experience.
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I am glad I chose this tour to see...
Janeen O
, Apr 2018
I am glad I chose this tour to see Wat Doi Suthep. While there are a lot of tours that will take you to the top of the mountain and the temple, it was really nice to get there early in the morning before the crowds arrived. There were only a few people meandering around when we got there, so it made it easy to get nice pictures and be able to reflect a bit in the quiet surroundings as the guide explained the meaning of the different statues. The giving of alms and the visit to the meditation spot were also nice and the guide was very open and informative and explained many aspects of the Buddhist beliefs and practices. After a quick late breakfast, I was back to my hotel by 10:00 which gave me plenty of time for other activities.
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Really worth getting up early for...
robertdeloach
, Feb 2018
Really worth getting up early for. We enjoyed it. The underground Temple at the end of the tour was a bit of a let down. Alms giving and Doi Suthep were incredible.
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Nice tour. My only complaint is that...
Stephen B
, Jan 2018
Nice tour. My only complaint is that I was thee only person on my tour and the guide seemed unwilling to adjust his routine to accommodate me. I am a practicing Buddhist and would have liked to have had more time for prayer and reflection.

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