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Mae Ping River Tours

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Mae Ping River
The Mae Ping River cuts through Chiang Mai just a few blocks east of the old city and night market, where its banks have been developed with hotels, open-air restaurants, and bars. As it passes through the countryside, the river retains its natural charms. The ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam is also set on its shores south of Chiang Mai.

The Basics
The best way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mae Ping (Ping River) is to get out on the water, and there are a few ways to do so. By day, enjoy a few hours of river kayaking or a lunch cruise—the latter often include a visit to a local farm for lunch. Evening dinner cruises offer a more romantic option for seeing Chiang Mai by night. Those who’d prefer to remain on solid ground can still enjoy the scenery of the Mae Ping River during a cycling tour along its shores, passing rice paddies, orchards, and local Northern Thai communities along the way. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A trip on the Mae Ping river is a must for outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for an escape from the bustle of Chiang Mai. 
  • River tours typically last between two and four hours, depending on the included activities.
  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection and insect repellent. 

How to Get There
The Mae Ping river flows through Chiang Mai just east of the city center, and it’s an easy walk from there. Most tours on the river include hotel pickup and drop-off. 

When to Get There
The best time to explore the Chiang Mai countryside on the Mae Ping river is during the cool, dry season that falls between November and mid-February. Be prepared for heavy rainfall during the monsoon season (June to October).

Yee Peng Lantern Festival
If you’ve ever seen images of a night sky filled with glowing paper lanterns, chances are good that the photo was taken at this festival in Chiang Mai. The festival is celebrated on the night of the full moon in the 12th lunar month, and the Mae Ping river is one of the prime viewing spots, both for the lanterns in the sky and the krathong floating floral offerings that illuminate the surface of the water.
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Cruising with lunchCity Packages

Cruising with lunch

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See Chiang Mai from a unique vantage point on an intimate river cruise. Enjoy the scenery along the Ping River as your guide tells you fascinating information about the history of the area. Eat a delicious lunch at a riverbank farm. Round trip transportation from your hotel makes this a relaxing, hassle free experience.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Private Magical Chiang Mai by Night TourBus Tours

Private Magical Chiang Mai by Night Tour

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Explore Chiang Mai at night with your own private guide who shares highlights including temples and night markets. Set out to see two impressive temples including Wat Phra Singh, then continue to a bustling night market where you can purchase food or other items such as clothing and souvenirs. Your tour includes snacks and beverages.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day River Kayaking Trip in Northern Thailand Jungle from Chiang MaiHalf-day Tours

Full-Day River Kayaking Trip in Northern Thailand Jungle from Chiang Mai

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Paddle your way through the jungle on this full-day kayaking tour. Venture off the beaten track to explore the creeks, bamboo forests and wetlands of the Ping River and get up close to local wildlife as you journey through the heart of the rainforest. Your back-to-nature adventure includes hotel transport from Chiang Mai and a delicious lunch by the waterfront.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
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Dinner Cruise on the Ping RiverDay Cruises

Dinner Cruise on the Ping River

Join this enchanting boat trip as it takes its nightly cruise down the lovely River Ping, feasting on the large variety of food  from the restaurant menu.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chiang Mai: Mae Ping River Cruise Flower Market and Temples TourDay Cruises

Chiang Mai: Mae Ping River Cruise Flower Market and Temples Tour

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Navigate the Mae Ping River on a 3-hour sightseeing cruise to Chiang Mai’s flower market and Buddhist temples. Get a glimpse of life on the water as you cruise through the heart of the city, pause for fresh fruit and drinks at a local home, and explore the brilliant stalls of the fresh flower market, where vendors twist blossoms into elaborate bouquets and religious offerings. Continue upstream to Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh, where fierce statuary guards the entrance to the beautifully painted Lai Kham Chapel.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Chiang Mai Kayak Tour (Mae Taeng Ping River) – Full DayFull-day Tours

Chiang Mai Kayak Tour (Mae Taeng Ping River) – Full Day

● Enjoy kayaking through the lush jungle as you explore Thailand’s stunning natural areas! ● Learn kayaking techniques from certified, professional instructors. ● Get a glimpse of local life as you drift past a variety of small villages along the route. ● Sample delicious Thai flavors over a local lunch course.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Discover 8 Chiang Mai Temples & Cruise along Mae Ping riverDay Trips

Private Tour: Discover 8 Chiang Mai Temples & Cruise along Mae Ping river

A full-day of Chiang Mai city discovery fully packed with beautiful temples, architectures, and relaxation. Enjoy cruising along the Mae Ping River and its serene surroundings and learn about Northern Thailand’s culture and the story of Lanna Kingdom. All with comfortable transport, and high standard services of our knowledgable guide who will provide a live-commentary with insights of all the attractions.
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  • 8 hours
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Full-Day Leisure River Kayaking into Mae Taeng Forest Reserve from Chiang MaiHalf-day Tours

Full-Day Leisure River Kayaking into Mae Taeng Forest Reserve from Chiang Mai

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Paddle into a serene landscape of jungle-fringed rivers, grazing water buffalo and rolling hills on a full-day kayaking trip through the Mae Ngat Valley from Chiang Mai. Learn the basics of paddling, and practice your skills in the slow-moving, gentle current. Watch for bright tropical birds as you wind through the Mae Taeng Forest Reserve, and enjoy a wonderfully undeveloped side of Northern Thailand.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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1-Day Bike and River Kayak Adventure from Chiang MaiMountain Bike Tours

1-Day Bike and River Kayak Adventure from Chiang Mai

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Get the best of land and water on this leisurely four-hour bike and river kayak adventure from Chiang Mai. Journey into the picturesque Mae Ngat Valley for an up-close look at rural Thai life. Paddle through the peaceful landscapes of the Mae Taeng Forest Reserve and learn about the incredible countryside that lies before you. This popular tour combines exploration by boat and bike and is ideal for travelers of all fitness levels.
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  • 4 hours
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Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch

Beat the crowds and get a true local’s experience during this early-riser private sightseeing trip in Chiang Mai. See the early-morning procession of Buddhist monks as they parade through the streets to receive their daily alms. You’ll then proceed to the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, a historical park where enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour and boat cruise.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Chiang Mai LifestyleFull-day Tours

Chiang Mai Lifestyle

This trip is a gentle way to see the lives of Chiang Mai's people. Leave your Chiang Mai hotel to Wat Chai Mongkol where you start cruising down the Mae Ping River by long-tail boat for 30 minutes. Softly moving along the river, you will see wooden houses and modern residences with colourful scenery and lifestyle of the local people. Arrive at a local farm house where you can take a leisurely stroll around the grounds.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Chiang Mai Paradise Full-Day Cycling AdventureMountain Bike Tours

Chiang Mai Paradise Full-Day Cycling Adventure

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Pedal through traditional communities, rice paddies and orchards on a full-day bike tour along the Ping River from Chiang Mai. See villagers make traditional paper garlands at a Buddhist temple, and learn about Thai farming and mushroom cultivation. Sample local treats and have lunch in a neighborhood restaurant, then keep riding through gently rolling vegetable fields and bamboo forests. Enjoy a relaxing pace with plenty of time to stop for refreshments, and visit a centuries-old chedi and bustling fresh market before returning to the city.
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  • 8 hours
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Half Day Local Life TourHalf-day Tours

Half Day Local Life Tour

Leave the tourist life behind to live in the heritage, culture, and traditions of iconic Chiang Mai on this full day guided tour that includes a sightseeing cruise on the Mae Ping River. Walk and shop in the town’s oldest market seeing local shops and homes and get inside travel tips from your guide and float down the river that divides the modern and ancient parts of the town.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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An Early Morning Mingle in Chiang Mai

Gain insight into local life in Chiang Mai on a morning tour. Start early in order to give alms to the monks at the temple, then visit Warorod Market, and the Chiang Mai Art and Cultural Centre. Cap off the morning with a longtail boat cruise on the Ping River. Includes guide, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 5 hours
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Chiang Mai City Life Style (Half day, No lunch) Half-day Tours

Chiang Mai City Life Style (Half day, No lunch)

CHIANG MAI CITY LIFESTYLE 08:30 - 12:30 Hrs. / 13:00 - 17:00 Hrs. Experience the gentle way of Chiang Mai local’s life; Leave hotel to Chai Mongkol Temple where you start cruising through rural Mae Ping River by long-tail boat for 45 minutes. Softly moving along the river, you will see wooden houses and modern residences with colorful scenery and lifestyle of the local people. Stop at the Local farmer’s house to see a variety of herbs. Enjoy a snack of seasonal fresh fruit and refreshing taste of lemon grass and other herb juices. Continue by boat to Warorote Market, the biggest local Market which sells everything from clothes and textiles to fruits, herbs, flowers, vegetables, insects and even fireworks. Take a Sam-Lor (Trishaw) ride along Thapae Road down though the Old City Walls and visit Phra Singh Temple, this temple contains marvelous examples of Lanna art style. Then transfer back to the hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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Cultural discovery of Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai the northern rose Day Trips

Cultural discovery of Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai the northern rose

This guided tour in english will allow you to discover the highlight of Chiang Mai. You'll visit several temple, will enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai, a boat ride on the Ping river, a ride in a samlor and visit an orchid farm.
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  • 10 hours
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Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bikeMountain Bike Tours

Colourful Chiang Mai seen from a bike

Traveling by bicycle is not only an eco-friendly choice, it allows you to truly immerse yourself in your surroundings. Cycle through the city, exploring cultural aspects and history with a local guide along the way. Pass temples, ruins, and the McKean Rehabilitation Institute, and visit a small pottery factory. A snack at a local bakery is included. 
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Chiang Mai Foodie Tour [morning]Dining Experiences

Chiang Mai Foodie Tour [morning]

Do not miss the opportunity to explore the tastes and traditions of the real Chiang Mai, with this half-day excursion, which will begin with a ride in SongTeo [traditional taxi] to the temple of wat Chai Mongkol, where you will participate in some ancestral ceremonies, we will visit the ancient market of Kad Luang a TRUE local fresh market, here the gastronomic tour will begin with the tasting of fresh tropical fruit, then taste the famous "Sai Oua" sausages characteristic of the north of the country. Afterwards it will be the time to try the typical dish of the North and in particular of Chiang Mai the "Khao soi" The main ingredients are red curry paste, turmeric and yellow curry, accompanied by a fresh lime, shallots, pickled cabbage and roasted chillies. The day will end in the fortified area of the city where in addition to the landscape you will taste the fresh coconut sorbet.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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