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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Chiang Mai has an abundance of beautiful and historic Buddhist temples, and this 3.5-hour tour takes you to some of the most interesting and revered in Thailand’s second largest city. Climb the staircase to the mountain temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and visit Wat Chedi Luang, among others. Upgrade your tour for a private guide.
  • 3.5-hour tour of Chiang Mai temples
  • Visit Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Opt to upgrade for a private tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
All applicable taxes and service charges
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Supplements for pick-up/drop-off of customers from resorts outside Chiang Mai city
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Chiang Mai hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Depart in the morning or afternoon from your hotel in downtown Chiang Mai. If you booked the private option, you'll benefit from the services of a personal guide as you explore several centuries-old temples in the 'Rose of the North.'

Start with the crown jewel: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located near the summit of its namesake mountain. Take a drive up the mountain’s winding road, then disembark for the final climb of 306 steps via a staircase designed as a magnificent naga (dragon-headed serpent). Inside the temple you'll find a copper-plated chedi (stupa) topped by a five-tiered gold umbrella, believed to contain partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, enjoy commanding views over Chiang Mai.

After your descent, continue on down a road into town, passing by Warorot Market before visiting two more impressive temples. First is the must-see Wat Chedi Luang, which towers 196 feet (60 meters) high and is the revered home of the Emerald Buddha. Next, visit the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh (Temple of the Lion Lord), which houses a sacred 1,500-year-old Buddha image and served as the principal religious center of the Lanna Kingdom. The complex is composed of several buildings of varying architectural and artistic merit.

Conclude your half-day tour with the return to your Chiang Mai hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Guests will meet your guide for this half-day tour in the lobby of any downtown accommodation in Chiang Mai before heading out to marvel at some of Chiang Mai’s most notable monuments. The journey commences driving out of the city centre towards one of the most sacred temples in the country. The 600-year-old temple of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, near the summit of Suthep Mountain, has to be an unmissable stop for any serious Chiang Mai aficionado. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated Chedi topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara
After descending via the serpentine road down to Chiang Mai and the continuation of our tour, we reach the holy grounds of the Wat Chedi Luang. Once the home of the famous Emerald Buddha, it has become of the more revered temples in Chiang Mai. This temple once possessed the tallest Chedi until an earthquake in the 15th century toppled the upper section. Today, it still towers 60 meter high.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Phan Tao
Then, continue by walking to Wat Phan Tao, an ancient temple is known for its exquisite Lanna-style ordination hall entirely made of teakwood, it is one of the few remaining all wooden structures of its sort in Chiang Mai.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Warorot Market (Kad Luang)
The last stop is made at Talat Warowod, the city’s biggest market. A beehive of trade, it is located in the heart of the city and has long been favoured for its hustle and bustle. Particularly the wet market section is favoured where fresh fruits and vegetables in season form a colourful palette. After leaving the market, we head back to your downtown hotel.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • 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.
  • 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/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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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 The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai?
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 The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Venerable Landmarks of Chiang Mai.

Traveler Tips


  • "Transportation between the three temples by a comfortable, air conditioned van." See review
  • "excellent tour, the guide is knowledgeable and friendly, highly recommend" See review

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Great tour
faithgen
, Feb 2020
Very knowledgable and fun. Shared a lot of culture and history. Very well-planned and we saw a lot. Great tour!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear faithgen Such reviews are making our day! It has been highly appreciated from all of us that you took the time to write down your experiences in Chiang Mai and see the spiritual landmarks of the "Rose of the North" alongside getting an impression of the city scape. An invaluable asset in all our tours and excursions are indeed our guides; ambassadors in their own right and able to bring forward essentials to gain a deeper understanding and greater knowledge add so much more value. Looking forward welcoming you and your travel companions again to the Land of Smiles for another exploration of the country's landmarks, sights and unmissable monuments. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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Beautiful afternoon activity in Chiang Mai
cdabski
, Feb 2020
Informative and friendly guide Krisada gave us an afternoon well worth the money. All three temples turned out to be magical subjects for my camera. Visit to Doi Suthep included a short ride to the top by a funicular but you could also scale over 360 steps on foot. Views and atmosphere in all places priceless. Transportation between the three temples by a comfortable, air conditioned van. Highly recommended. Tour starts at 1pm and you are back in time for dinner.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear cdabski Such reviews are making our day! It has been highly appreciated from all of us that you took the time to write down your experiences in Chiang Mai and see the spiritual landmarks of the "Rose of the North" alongside getting an impression of the city scape. An invaluable asset in all our tours and excursions are indeed our guides; ambassadors in their own right and able to bring forward essentials to gain a deeper understanding and greater knowledge add so much more value. Looking forward welcoming you and your travel companions again to the Land of Smiles for another exploration of the country's landmarks, sights and unmissable monuments. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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Great half day tour
theladeks
, Nov 2019
Just the right amount of time for two seniors. Our guide, Yaya was fantastic. Her knowledge of the are and history made for a complete adventure
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear theladeks Such reviews are making our day! It has been highly appreciated from all of us that you took the time to write down your experiences in Chiang Mai and see the spiritual landmarks of the "Rose of the North" alongside getting an impression of the city scape. An invaluable asset in all our tours and excursions are indeed our guides; ambassadors in their own right and able to bring forward essentials to gain a deeper understanding and greater knowledge add so much more value. Looking forward welcoming you and your travel companions again to the Land of Smiles for another exploration of the country's landmarks, sights and unmissable monuments. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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Well worth it
adrienne1401
, Sep 2019
Really good trip and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. It wasn't too busy as it was the rainy season, so we had plenty of room to see things. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Adrienne Such reviews are making our day! It has been highly appreciated from all of us that you took the time to write down your experiences in Chiang Mai and see the spiritual landmarks of the "Rose of the North" alongside getting an impression of the city scape. An invaluable asset in all our tours and excursions are indeed our guides; ambassadors in their own right and able to bring forward essentials to gain a deeper understanding and greater knowledge add so much more value. Looking forward welcoming you and your travel companions again to the Land of Smiles for another exploration of the country's landmarks, sights and unmissable monuments. With kind regards Asian Trails Thailand
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excellent tour, the guide is...
corazon m
, Sep 2018
excellent tour, the guide is knowledgeable and friendly, highly recommend
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We were the only 2 on this tour...
Gordon F
, Nov 2017
We were the only 2 on this tour which made for a very personal service. The guide was very careful to take us round at our own pace and we were never rushed. He had an amazing knowledge of local history and that of Buddhist culture. His English was very good and easy to understand.
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Temples were stunning. Our guide was so...
Mandy S
, Apr 2017
Temples were stunning. Our guide was so informative. A great tour.
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Templos de Chiang Mai y Doi Suthep
Sightseer35601179964
, Aug 2019
Una experiencia maravillosa la guía una gran profesional y muy atenta con nosotros explicaba de maravilla todos los templos el mercado y constantes de Tailandia
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