• Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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Rise early for an authentic glimpse of Chiang Mai’s Buddhist culture. Experience a typical morning routine as your start your day with almsgiving to the monks. You’ll ride a ‘songthaew’ to a lively market with your guide and enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast. Then visit two well-known Buddhist temples — Wat Umong and Wat Suan Dok — and gain insight into Thailand as you converse with a monk. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to nine people for a personalized experience.


  • Chiang Mai morning culture tour, including Buddhist temples
  • Discover the cultural and spirit of Chiang Mai
  • Visit the vibrant Kad Thon Payom market and enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast
  • Enter the tunnels of Wat Umong and see the impressive Buddha images
  • See the picturesque Wat Suan Dok, with a collection of snow-white Buddhist stupas
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Small group with a maximum of nine ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour

Discover local Buddhism practices

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.

Customer Reviews

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our tour guide was amazing and when I asked her how come she knows so much and she simply smiled and answered I've been doing this for thirty years and believe me, she hasn't lost the passion. All the places we visited had stories to tell and I'm so happy that I did it.The River boat Lunch on the way back to the city was a feast. Highly recommended!!!

Anamita G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Appreciated the nuanced perspective that the guide was able to share about Buddhism in Thailand, the different temples and the history of Chiang Mai! I had a great experience taking this tour.

kevin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

a fantastic experience in chiang mai , after being picked up early in the morning
was driven by my guide I was the only one on this tour was given some food to give to the monks , and in return received a blessing from a monk
was then taken to two different temples , watt umung and then onto watt suan dok
at each temple you are given a rear insight into the live off a monk , and even get a chance to meet a monk and et to ask him questions about the live off a monk
and the end off the tour , was taken around a local market , and given a traditional Thai breakfast
if you are looking for something different to-do while in chiang mai I would recommend doing this tour

Patrick L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Highlight of my trip so far

Jonathan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

The highlight of my trip. Our guide Thongbang was fantastic. She spoke really good English and explained Buddhism and the local culture in a really engaging way. Loved the whole experience.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Fantastic tour and a wonderful tour guide who knew exactly where to take me. The visits to the Buddhist temples was extraordinary and the food we ate was superb!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I have to start by saying that our tour guide, Thong Bang was an amazing, knowledgeable person who loves what she does and it showed. We learned so much and left with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the culture and spirituality of Thailand. The tour was casual, enlightening, and well worth the extra money rather than taking a basic point and click sight seeing tour. Loved it!

Krista N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was a delightful surprise and it's the one I've been telling everyone about. I ended up having a private tour due to some no-shows. Katie, my guide, took me to bring gifts to the monks and receive a blessing, and then we had a DELICIOUS breakfast by the airport. Thai congee, pork balls, sliced chicken, some Thai doughnuts with green sauce. The military pilots were there in their jump suits...very impressive. Obviously a popular place. Then we visited a very peaceful temple and made another offering. The super highlight was Monk Chat, where I chatted with a monk from Bagladesh for nearly an hour. The hour passed very quickly. It really made me want to understand Buddhism even more. If I had one tip for this tour, it's to wear shoes that can easily be slipped on and off. I was wearing high-top sneakers and they were a PAIN. Everywhere we went, I had to take them off and then get them back on again and there wasn't always a chair. I also liked traveling around in the red truck. Very easy to get in and out of.

Yelena G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing! We had a wonderfull guide who has told us and showed us so much about culture, buddhism and Chiang Mai. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Thai Culture.

muzicbaby United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I am so glad I booked this tour! The guide, Thongbang Thotsadon, was AMAZING! She came to pick me up right on time, at which point I discovered this was going to be a private tour. She was an absolute pleasure to speak with and so knowledgable! She took the time to get to know a bit about me and answered all my questions patiently and thoroughly.

The early wake up was worth it to go through the morning market to get breakfast for the monks. I got to give alms to the monks and get their blessing to start my day. Next, I got to experience a breakfast restaurant that was nearby. We then drove to Wat Umong and I was able to see the new monks bless the gifts they received and do a bit of ritual with them. We walked through the temple grounds and she explained a lot about Thai Buddhism to me and took me to the monk meditation caves where she and I had excellent discussion about meditation and the monk lifestyle. We next went to feed catfish on the nearby bridge and met another foreigner who was doing a meditative study stay at the temple.Thongbang took me to the meditation center and explained how I could arrange a stay the next time I was in Chiang Mai.

We next went to Wat Mahachula, which was celebrating its 30th anniversary as a monk and layperson university. I was able to speak with her former teacher and find out some information about studying at the school in English. We walked around the temple and she gave me the history of the structures there and of the Thai culture. I learned so much from her.

This is one of the best tours I have ever been on. Thongbang is a superb guide and so caring. She ensured I had a great experience In Chiang Mai.

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