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Tour Overview

This 6-day Northern Thailand tour is the perfect tour for you to enjoy all the highlights of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. It is a good combination of nature, cultural tradition, and beautiful scenery. Starting and ending in Chiang Mai, this tour offers you the opportunity to ride the Tuk-Tuk, Thailand's characteristic transport. Visit the stately and artistically designed temples of northern Thailand; Discover Thailand's vibrancy at the night market and sample the many tropical fruits. You will also have plenty of free time so that you can visit any scenic spots you like. The tour is flexible and private.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Join a temple tour to visit some of Thailand's most famous temples, including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh, and Wat Buppharam.
  • Marvel at the unusual temple made of glass sequins in Chiang Rai - White Temple, Blue Temple, and Black Temple.
  • Stroll around the night markets of northern Thailand, discover a wide variety of souvenirs, sample delicious tropical fruits, and watch exciting street performances.
  • Explore the fascinating old city of Chiang Mai on a Tuk-tuk ride.
  • Climb Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of Thailand's most famous Buddhist sites, and visit the sacred temple halfway up the mountain.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Chiang Mai, the second-largest city in Thailand and the political, economic, and cultural center of Northern Thailand. Upon arrival at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX), your exclusive driver will meet you at the designated gate, after which you will be arranged to rest at the hotel.

    Chiang Mai is known as the "Rose of the North" for its beautiful scenery and flowers, especially roses. You can explore this fascinating city on your own.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  2. Meet at the hotel lobby at 8:30 am then take a tuk-tuk to the Three Kings Memorial Square where you will see the famous Three Kings Monument, built to commemorate three figures who made significant contributions to Chiang Mai (they were the three northern Thai kings in Lanna's history). Today, the monument is a place of pilgrimage for locals. From time to time, people offer flowers and light incense and candles at the foot of the statues, praying for the spirits of the three kings to send good fortune.

    Thailand Chiang Mai Three Kings Monument
    Three Kings Monument

    After that, take a tuk-tuk ride to visit Wat Chedi Luang, the most revered temple in Chiang Mai, located in the middle of the old city. The pagoda, with a mixture of Indian and Ceylonese architectural styles, was once the tallest building (98 meters high) in Northern Thailand, but now it is only 42 meters high after having survived earthquakes, wars, and lightning strikes. You can still feel its majesty and solemnity when you stand in front of it.

    Continue your temple tour to Wat Phra Singh as well as Wat Chiang Man. Wat Phra Singh looks quite gorgeous and is famous for the awe-inspiring statue of Buddha Phra Singh. Wat Chiang Man, located in the northeast of Chiang Mai's old city, is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. Here you can not only enjoy the tranquil environment and admire the gorgeous and exquisite architecture, but also discover many relics of ancient dynasties.

    Thailand Chiang Mai Wat Phra Singh
    Wat Phra Singh

    Afterwards, visit Wat Buppharam, a Buddhist temple best known for its Lanna-style ordination hall made of wood with colorful mirrored mosaic details. Then you will be taken to Muang Mai Fruit Market where you can taste a variety of mouth-watering tropical fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, mangosteens and more.

    Then you will be escorted back to your hotel.

    The afternoon is free for you. You can make your own way to One Nimman, a large shopping mall that combines "entertainment, dining, and shopping". In the evening, you are suggested to head to the landmark Tha Phae Gate, where you have the opportunity to hand-feed the pigeons.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  3. After breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you to Chiang Rai. (Warm tips: The journey from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai takes about 3 to 4 hours each way through many mountain roads. If you often get carsickness, please prepare some medicine for carsickness in advance.)

    White Temple is the first stop today. From a distance, the temple appears to be built of shimmering porcelain, and it's only when you step inside that you realize the illusion is caused by white paint and glass sequins. According to the designer, white was chosen because it symbolizes the purity of the Buddha, while the ubiquitous mirror symbolizes the Buddha's wisdom shining through the universe.

    Thailand Chiang Rai White Temple
    White Temple

    Then head to Blue Temple, or Wat Rong Suea Ten. Its intricate blue and white exterior, adorned with intricate Thai motifs, creates an ethereal atmosphere. Inside, a majestic white Buddha statue stands beneath a mesmerizing painted ceiling. The temple's serene ambiance and artistic brilliance make it a must-visit destination for those exploring the unique temples of northern Thailand.

    The Black Temple was designed and built over 36 years by Thawan Duchanee, a renowned artist in Thailand. The Black House Museum has collected a large number of exhibits on death and hell, integrating animal bones of ancient times, hunting tools of primitive nationalities, antiques, and specimens into various works of art with modern art techniques.

    Thailand Chiang Rai Black Temple
    Black Temple

    Visit the Chiang Rai Night Market at around 6:30 p.m. to discover the various crafts and souvenirs of the lowland hill tribes of Thailand, such as wood carvings, marble carvings, painted paintings, etc. Besides, don't miss the delicious fried food, barbecue, and various beers.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chiang Rai

  4. Wake up naturally and enjoy a leisurely breakfast time. Then take a 3-4 hour ride back to Chiang Mai.

    Your lunch will be at the Black Forest Restaurant. The restaurant is filled with lush tropical plants. In addition to pineapple rice and tom yam soup, you can also taste many specialties of northern Thailand such as tomato spicy meat sauce vegetable plate and butterfly pea drink.

    Thailand Chiang Mai Black Forest Restaurant
    Black Forest Restaurant, filled with lush tropical plants

    In the afternoon, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located on a hill. It is reached by climbing 309 seven-headed serpent stairs or by tram. This is one of Chiang Mai's holiest pilgrimage sites, where you can experience blessing at dusk. Behind the main hall is an observation deck with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai.

    As night falls, head to the brightly lit Chang Kang Road Night Market or the Saturday Night Market. Featured handicrafts, clothing, painting and calligraphy, public welfare publicity, street performances, etc., all make people very eye-opening.

    (Note: If you do not want to visit the night market after ticking the Chiang Rai Night Market, you can return to the hotel for the rest in advance)

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
    Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

  5. Today is yours at leisure. If you are interested, you can make your own way to the Kanta Elephant Sanctuary. Here you will learn the stories of rescued elephants and get an insight into their history and behavior.

    Chiang Mai Kanta Elephant Sanctuary
    Kanta Elephant Sanctuary

    You'll get a unique opportunity to feed fruit up close to elephants on an observation deck. And also you can bathe the elephants in the river.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: in Chiang Mai

  6. Today, enjoy your leisure time until the driver transfers you to the airport. Wish you a pleasant journey home!

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
  • 4-star hotel accommodation as listed in the itinerary.
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guide services.
  • Private van for land transportation with bottled water provided in the car.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary.

Price Excludes

  • International air tickets (Could be assisted).
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Tipping for guide, driver, hotel bell boys, etc.
  • Services not stated in the itinerary.

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