Receive an early-morning pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel, enjoying the coolness of the pre-dawn as you’re transferred to a local Buddhist temple for your first activity.
Witness the community of local Buddhist monks dressed in their saffron-colored robes as they perform their daily alms bowl ritual. Each morning these spiritual adherents walk the streets of Chiang Mai in their bare feet, holding out their bowls to receive donations of boiled rice and condiments from city residents. It’s a great way to learn about the religious traditions of this Northern Thai city. Before leaving, you’ll have time take a look inside the monks' Srisodain Temple.
Take a short break following your monk experience, during which you’ll have time to find some breakfast and relax. Then continue with your private guide to Wiang Kum Kam, a complex of ruins near Chiang Mai that was discovered and restored in the 1980s. This ancient settlement, which actually predates the founding of Chiang Mai itself, offers a unique array of architectural elements set amidst the surrounding area’s rice paddies and villages. After enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the area, board a boat on the Ping River for a 45-minute sightseeing cruise, after which you’ll be returned to your hotel.