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Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Beat the crowds and get a true local’s experience during this early-riser private sightseeing trip in Chiang Mai. See the early-morning procession of Buddhist monks as they parade through the streets to receive their daily alms. You’ll then proceed to the ancient ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, a historical park where enjoy a horse-drawn carriage tour and boat cruise.
  • Explore Chiang Mai during the early morning on this private sightseeing trip
  • Observe a procession of local monks as they receive their daily alms donation of rice
  • Take a look inside Srisodain Temple, the monks' place of worship
  • Visit the ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, a historic city whose founding pre-dates Chiang Mai
  • Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride at Wiang Kum Kam and a boat trip on the Ping River
  • Private guide ensures personalized service and attention
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A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
Horse-drawn carriage ride around Wiang Kum Kam
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
Boat trip over the Ping River
All applicable taxes and service charges
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
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)

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

5:30 AM
Receive an early-morning pickup from your Chiang Mai hotel, enjoying the coolness of the pre-dawn as you’re transferred to a local Buddhist temple for your first activity.

Witness the community of local Buddhist monks dressed in their saffron-colored robes as they perform their daily alms bowl ritual. Each morning these spiritual adherents walk the streets of Chiang Mai in their bare feet, holding out their bowls to receive donations of boiled rice and condiments from city residents. It’s a great way to learn about the religious traditions of this Northern Thai city. Before leaving, you’ll have time take a look inside the monks' Srisodain Temple.

Take a short break following your monk experience, during which you’ll have time to find some breakfast and relax. Then continue with your private guide to Wiang Kum Kam, a complex of ruins near Chiang Mai that was discovered and restored in the 1980s. This ancient settlement, which actually predates the founding of Chiang Mai itself, offers a unique array of architectural elements set amidst the surrounding area’s rice paddies and villages. After enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the area, board a boat on the Ping River for a sightseeing cruise, after which you’ll be returned to your hotel.
Stop At:  
Buddhist Temple
We touch the very heart of the spiritual and cultural heart of Chiang Mai. Early morning risers will enjoy the cool morning air of Chiang Mai at dawn when your guide and driver await you at your hotel lobby. One of the most unique experiences in Thailand is a visit to a Buddhist temple to offer alms to the Buddhist monks. Each morning before dawn, the monks put on their distinctive saffron robes and quietly pad in their bare feet along the streets, carrying alms bowls and receiving boiled rice and condiments from the citizens of Thailand In return people receive the monks’ blessings. A brief exploration at the Srisoda temple may be made as well, religious festivals permitting. We return to your hotel for breakfast and some time to reflect on an amazing morning.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wiang Kum Kam
After finishing that important first meal of the day, we head to the city ruins of Wiang Kum Kam, one of the latest discoveries around Chiang Mai. Wiang Kum Kam was a settlement long before King Mengrai’s capital around 1287- 1290. Frequent flooding caused Mengrai to move, but the place remained important throughout the Lanna period. The area was restored as a historical park during the 1980s. Surrounded by paddy and village houses, the extensive site has a pleasant rural feel, yet it is very close to Chiang Mai. We will tour the ancient city ruins aboard a horse-drawn carriage before moving on to the riverbanks of the Ping River, the main water artery that flows through Chiang Mai.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Mae Ping River
This slowly meandering river is predominantly known as the main aquatic artery that flows through Chiang Mai. At a length of almost 660 kilometres, it also gently flows through nearby provinces such as Tak, Kamphaeng Phet and Lamphun. We will sail over the river for approximately 45 minutes before disembarkation and a short drive back to your hotel, where we expect to arrive at around 11 am.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • 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 to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • During this tour, we will enter religious sites where a dress code may be applicable. Please dress respectfully by wearing clothing that cover the knees and shoulders, avoid wearing clothing with bright, fluorescent colours of any kind, obscene prints or pictures, beach wear or strapless sandals / flip flops. Failure to comply may result in denying access into these sites.
  • It is of the greatest importance to follow the guide’s instructions during this event in paying respect to the local customs. This includes approaching the monks, taking photographs and obeying the unwritten rules and regulations of this deeply spiritual encounter.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Past Kingdoms with a local Chiang Mai Touch?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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