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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!!!
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.
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
Highlight of my trip so far
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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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