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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

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.

Customer Reviews

marie m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Learned a lot about Buddhism during this active and immersive tour. Our tour guide, Ping, was terrific.

sherylsusanfreeman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent tour. Our guide Sam was very knowledgeable and gave us not only great insight into the temples and associated traditions and ceremonies but also enriched our understanding of Thailand, its history and people. This made our stay in Chiang Mai more interesting. Highly recommend this tour especially for those with limited time in the city.

Janine A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Absolutely the best tour I have been on in a while. Kamayavee was an amazing tour guide and the tour was private and everything I had hoped it would be with monks blessings and background to all the events. The temples were amazing, the guide great and the lunch absolutely phenomenal. This is a must do tour in Chiangmai. I am so happy I did it.

Sankalpa G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An amazing tour that most people would miss out on because of the timing. Such a peaceful, interesting and beautiful tour. Well worth getting out of bed to do something out of the ordinary.

Marielle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highly recommend this tour!! Going early to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is definitely the right decision. The sunrise was beautiful and the temple was not crowded. As we were leaving bus loads of people were arriving. Our tour guide was lovely -- very nice and informative, and spoke great English. She took us to a delicious traditional northern Thai lunch!

Rozz P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Chiang Mai. Going in the early morning is better as it is less busy and truly peaceful. Our guide was fabulous and very entertaining. The 306 steps are worth the effort.

Rozz P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant. This tour is a must for anyone visiting Chiang Mai. Going in the early morning is better as it is less busy and truly peaceful. Our guide was fabulous and very entertaining. The 306 steps are worth the effort.

susan c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our family of four really enjoyed all of this. It was great to see all the monks walk down the street and then fill their bowls with food and have a blessing and then go and visit all the temples. Great way to see and learn about the history of Chiang Mai

Jaap v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was amazing with a verre good guide. And nice not to manny people at Doi Suthep.

ENRIQUE R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A beUtiful experience

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