Chiang Mai Excursions

We have selected 3 tours where you will discover the best of North Thailand.

THE BEAUTY OF CHIANG MAI

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Chiang Mai is a must-see destination of every visitor who wishes to feel the spiritual side of Thailand. It is one of the centers of Buddhism in the country and it is surrounded by lush countryside and home to more than 300 temples, such as Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Umong and Doi Suthep; perfect places to get a closer look to the ancient customs of the country. We will also tour the bustling Warorot local market and the wonderful flower market Tan Lamyai.

ITINERARY

10:00-10:30: Pick up at your hotel. Transportation is a key element to enjoy the city and in order to do so we will use one of the most curious and typical transports of Chiang Mai, Son Theo in which fun is guaranteed.

11:00: Wat Phra Sing: We will arrive at monks’ lunchtime, an interesting way to find out their style of life. After this we can walk until next temple or take a Son Theo according to the weather we have on that day.

12:00: Wat Chedi Luang: Apart from seeing the impressive chedi made of stone and the rest of the venue, at the Wat Chedi Luang we may have the opportunity to chat with the monks depending on what our English, and theirs, allow us to do so. Attention, they are not always in the mood to talk!

13:30: Lunch at a local restaurant. We will try local dishes and we recommend you to inform the guide if you can stand it spicy or not. Drinks are not included.

14:30: Warorot market. In the heart of the small Chinatown of Chiang Mai is located one of the most bustling and authentic markets in town, the Warorot. Scents, colors and sounds that will not leave you indifferent. In the River Ping side we will also visit the Ton Lamyai, the flower market.

16:00: Wat Umong is a prestigious meditation center. Its location is unbeatable, just outside the city and in the foothills of the Doi Suthep. It is the perfect place to get lost for a while and see how the monks live and to see the precious stupa made of stone and its tunnels. Other attractions include a Buddha field of broken sculpture, a fasting Bodhisatva, a Spiritual Theatre of paintings similar to those at Suan Mokkh, reproductions of ancient Buddhist sculpture of India, and a library-museum.

17:30: Wat Doi Suthep, located near the top of the mountain of the same name, just a few kilometers from the city, we found the most important temple in northern Thailand. Besides seeing its impressive and newly restored golden pagoda, we take the opportunity to see the ritual performed by the monks that they do to terminate the day and to begin the meditation. Local guide in Spanish Also available in English Other tours available • Doi Inthanon National Park • Living with and Aka Tribe in the Golden Triangle

GROUPS ALL YEAR ROUND

2.200 THB BY PERSON IT INCLUDES TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ENTRANCE FEES, FOOD AND INSURANCE

DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK

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Close to heaven we can find one of the best preserved wonders of the South-East Asia. We will visit the highest mountain of Thailand with its pagodas and gardens. We will do a small trekking through this lush paradise until you reach the Vachirathan waterfall. Do you dare to swim? If you prefer shopping, you will have the opportunity to bargain in the market of the Tribe Hmong, just before heading to the mountains to meet the lifestyle of the Tribe KAREN, while enjoying your coffee, a real delicatessen of this area.

ITINERARY

8:30 – 9:00: Pick up at your hotel.

10:00: Arrival at the national park and visit to the Vachirathan waterfall. In the highest mountain of Thailand we can find several waterfalls but Vachirathan waterfall is the most impressive one.

11:00: Visit to the top of the mountain, the highest point in Thailand with 2565 meters. One of the best destinations in Southeast Asia for nature and animal lovers; the slopes carry a moist hill evergreen or ‘cloud forest’ with many epiphytes, orchids along with lichens, lianas and fern. It is home to about 400 varieties of birds.

12:00: Visit to the royal pagodas and gardens.

13:00: Local market of the Tribe Mhong, this tribe lives in the northern Thailand and it is one of the largest ethnic groups in the country. Now it is a good time to buy local products.

13:30: Lunch.

14:30: Trekking 1:30-3:00 hours long. We will find out the images that we all have in mind when we think of the north of the country: waterfalls, jungle, terraced rice fields and all of this thanks to a local guide from Karen tribe.

16:00: Our final destination after trekking is the Mae Klang area, where we will visit the Karen tribe village where our guide lives. Here we can see their lifestyle and taste fresh coffee from the area. Here local people grow organic Arabica coffee..

18:00: Hotel arrival.

Local guide in Spanish Also available in English

GROUPS ALL YEAR ROUND

2.200THB BY PERSON IT INCLUDES TRANSPORT, GUIDE, ENTRANCE FEES, FOOD AND INSURANCE

GOLDEN TRIANGLE

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Day 1: Visit the tribe AKA and stay with them.

8:00 am: After pick you up at your hotel, from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, the first stop is Weng Pa Pao market, where we will buy food that people from the tribe we will cook for us later. Chicken, vegetables and fruits.

About 100 km from Chiang Mai we will takes a detour into the mountains, where stands the Aka village. A local girl from the village, named Ploy, will be our guide.

Aka people are one of the ethnic groups living in northern Thailand, from China. We will be surprised to see two churches in the village. Why are there two churches in such a small village? How these people, originally from China, have ended up living here in Thailand? These and further questions are what we think you should ask Ploy to understand more about their customs. We encourage you to ask everything that crosses your mind.

The Akha village is located between two valleys, near Chiang Rai and near Myanmar, the former Burma. The road itself is already of great beauty. The family of Ploy welcomes us after a visit around the village and they will cook for us, with our help, the food we purchased in the market. They already know that Westerners do not stand very spicy food.

After lunch and some talking we will take the minivan and will go to Chiang Rai. We will check in at the hotel and you will have some time on your own to see the night market and enjoy the city.

(There is not a fixed arrival time because the tour is a private one and it always depends on the pace and needs of the group, although normally is around 6 pm.)

Night in hotel: Nak Nakara

Day 2: GOLDEN TRIANGLE and CHIANG MAI TEMPLES.

8:30 am: We have to get up early, hotel pickup and we will continue to a new day full of experiences: Golden Triangle and the most modern temples in the country.

We will visit Ban Daam Museum. Ban Daam Museum is a very mysterious place where visitors observe contradictory feelings, bones and skins of stuffed animals that decorate the various cabins, a place of mystery, mixed with Vikings atmosphere. This museum consists of 40 cabins of various sizes and shapes, and according its creator, Thawan Duchanee, they evoke the past of Thailand from a contemporary point of view.

The Golden Triangle was once a piece of land without law, dominated by drug dealers. It was his territory. It was the territory of opium, from which heroin and morphine were drawn. Currently, at the exact point where you can see Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, it there are several attractive points.

You can find the typical sign where tourists take pictures. In fact, in our opinion, tourists focus their attention to the sign and the three countries than find there and they forget about the real center of the area, the Mekong River, the longest tenth of the world and the third in Asia. The river forms a natural border between Thailand and Laos over many kilometers.

At the same point it is the popularly known as the “happy Buddha”. A huge and bewildering Buddha located in a simulated ship.

We continue until the Wat Khao Phra That Doi Phu temple from where you get a better view of the triangle and a sign explaining and indicating what we can see from there. That is one of those pictures that everyone takes as a souvenir.

The Next stop is the House of Opium, one of the most interesting museums in Thailand and a must-see for all those people who come to the Golden Triangle. The museum tells the story of opium in the world and in Thailand, the production process, the effects of their consumption and the campaigns they have done in Thailand to eradicate consumption and plantation. There is even a small plantation inside.

Wat Ron Kung: The artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, said that in order to get to heaven you must walk through hell and the arms passing the skull of this white temple personified that. Wat Rong Khun, or white temple, has little to do with the rest of Buddhist temples in Thailand we can see. The strange figures that decorate the temple and the spotless white representing purity of Buddha, plus the paintings inside the main building will not leave you indifferent. It started in 1997 and still has no clear end date. Even without being completed, it has become one of the main tourist attractions for both tourists and Thais.

In the afternoon, return to Chiang Mai to rest (about 3 hours).