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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Take a gentle boat ride on the Mai Ping River and see a different side of Chiang Mai. This half-day guided excursion ends at a local farm where traditional methods are used to make your bowl of 'khao soi' noodles for lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Mai Ping River riverboat cruise and farmhouse lunch
  • See Chiang Mai life from the water
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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A half day tour with English-speaking assistance.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver (one-way only)
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
All taxes and service fees included
One bowl of Khao Soy at the farm included (food only)
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees.
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

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After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

We pick up from downtown Chiang Mai hotel. Regions outside the central business are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
Meet your guide at your hotel in downtown Chiang Mai at your selected departure time and proceed straight to the dock. You'll board a typical riverboat for a gentle cruise along the Mae Ping River. Observe the lifestyle of the local people whose traditional wooden homes and modern residences line the riverbank.

You'll stop off at a farm that grows its own fruit and vegetables. Learn about the cultivation of jasmine rice and the medicinal and culinary uses of a variety of herbs that are tended and harvested in traditional fashion. Taste a selection of seasonal fruit in combination with lemongrass and other herbal juices. The highlight is a farmhouse lunch of khao soi — delicious noodles in a spicy curry broth.

After your tasty meal, you'll return directly to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Mae Ping River
We start this short yet sweet excursion with a short transfer to the Chaimongkol docking area of an exhilarating 45-minutes cruise over the Mae Ping River. Chiang Mai life from the river takes on a completely new persona once you had a taste of the city. The Rose of the North’s Mae Ping River splits the modern part with the more local side where temples, old wooden houses and local communities still thrive. With modern times interspersed along the river banks, the overall colorful scenery and witness the lifestyle of the local people is something that has retained over time. The cruise ends with a visit to a local farmhouse with its own herbs, vegetables and fruit gardens. On the farm you observe yourself how the cultivation of jasmine rice and a variety of herbs for use both in medicine and cookery are tended to in traditional fashion. Guided by the local family, visitors truly get a feel and taste of how former generations infused their knowledge in the current farming life cycle. A selection of seasonal fresh fruit is there to be tried out in combination with the taste of lemon-grass and other herb juices. You should not leave Chiang Mai without tasting the local dish, Khao Soy, a smooth, spicy, noodle in curry soup. Return transfer from the farm to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel is included.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking assistance (no guide).
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments.
  • We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of meal at the farm.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This tour departs every hour between 09:00 and 15:00 hrs (last departure).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chiang Mai farming and Khao Soy?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "I would highly recommend it, but make sure you only expect a pleasant time and nothing spectacular." See review

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BischPleeze
, Jan 2020
The river cruise was not worth seeing and the “farm house” was more like a ‘museum’ type of place in the middle of the city. Not my definition of a farm at all, and the food was not good.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear BischPleeze Thank you for sharing your comments with us. We hope you have enjoyed the tour as a whole and enjoyed this glimpse at local life along the Mae Ping River. We regret you did not enjoy the lunch as most travellers comment this is one of the real highlights of the trip. Kind regards, Asian Trails Thailand
star-5
Half-Day Boat Trip on Mae Ping River from Chiang Mai Including Lunch at Farmhouse
Ludovic_M
, Jan 2020
Very happy with the trip. Our guide was knowledgeable and great with kids. It was nice way to see some parts of the city from the boat. The farm was better than what we had expected and the lunch was not only beautifully presented, it was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Tigetch It has been our pleasure to give you a wonderful experience in Chiang Mai, and we thank you very much for sharing your enthusiasm for our relaxing boat trip and culinary experience at the farm house. Such reviews guarantees that all involved are working tirelessly to assure that you, as our esteemed customers, will receive an exceed expectations experience from beginning until your return back to your hotel. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
star-4
Pleasant
isabelle c
, Oct 2019
Pleasant walk on the river. The village has no interest, apart from the various plants that are there. The complimentary lunch bowl is delicious and the staff friendly
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Isabelle C Great to read about your experience during your recently taken boat trip over the Mae Ping and the visit to a typical farm house. Reviews such as these help us to understand better how customers look at our tours and where we can improve. Fortunately, reading your post, little has to be changed! The farm is indeed a centre for finding numerous plants and vegetation, typical for this region. Facts about the usage, the characteristics and more depend on the interest of the visitors yet do come with some interesting facts. Assure that this exploration around Chiang Mai remains forever engraved in your memory as a positive one, we all hope we may welcome you soon again to Thailand for yet another exploration of the wonders of this destination. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
star-5
Very interesting, and the farmhouse food good
vincentcheung01
, Oct 2019
Very interesting, we had good knowledge from the guide. The farmhouse was very cool and we walked through the garden. 5 stars!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Vincent It has been our pleasure to give you a wonderful experience in Chiang Mai, and we thank you very much for sharing your enthusiasm for our relaxing boat trip and culinary experience at the farm house. Such reviews guarantees that all involved are working tirelessly to assure that you, as our esteemed customers, will receive an exceed expectations experience from beginning until your return back to your hotel. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
star-5
Awesome
hotchillies37
, Sep 2019
Friendly informative staf relaxing with lovely food well priced boat skipper was very kind and very knowledgeable great day thanks
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear hotchilli Many thanks for leaving this positive review about your recent experience in Chiang Mai. We fully agree that this tour is not only relaxing but as well adds an educational and culinary element to this short morning tour. We will certainly share your 'awesome' post with those who made this trip possible. We hope that we can welcome you and your travel partners back to the Land of Smiles in not too long a future. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
star-5
Very interesting, we had good...
Serge L
, Feb 2018
Very interesting, we had good descriptions from the guide.
star-3
It was nice and the farmhouse food...
Erin M
, Jan 2018
It was nice and the farmhouse food was lovely. Yet, it would be nice if the tour guide had better English so we could understand better what we were supposed to look at during the boat tour. It was a nice outing though.
star-5
Had a very nice tour. The boat ride...
jizaritsky
, Nov 2017
Had a very nice tour. The boat ride was relaxing and the scenery was interesting. Saw modern hotels/buildings and how some of the local residents live. The farmhouse was very cool and we walked through the garden with all the plants and vegetables. The food from kitchen was excellent.
star-5
I would fully recommend this boat...
Julie H
, Feb 2017
I would fully recommend this boat trip on Mae Ping River Chiang Mai. It was interesting with local knowledge from the driver as we went along. The Farmers house was very tranquill and the Khao Soi Noodles we're delicious !! 5 stars from me.
star-3
Quite an interesting tour, but river...
Gay M
, Jan 2017
Quite an interesting tour, but river and river banks are sad to look at as they are so run down. Guide had poor English. Farmers house was intesting and food was the best part really. It's quite a short trip and it gets you away from the city, but it's not very beautiful!

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