Get an intimate glimpse of both urban and rural Chiang Mai on this guided exploration by foot and boat. Visit vibrant markets, drift down the Mae Ping River in a longtail boat, and spoil your taste buds with a bowl of khao soi, the city’s legendary noodle dish.
Your Chiang Mai city adventure begins by exploring the Warorot Market, one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai. Almost everything is for sale here from food to clothing to hill tribe crafts. At the market, you have plenty of time to taste and sample local specialties before moving on to the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market, overflowing with colourful, fresh cut flowers.
Next, we’ll take a songthaew to Wat Chai Mongkol, a magnificent temple that was built on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Take part in a local Buddhist practice by offering alms to monks and learning about other interesting religious traditions.
Then it’s time to take a cruise up the Mae Ping River, one of the main rivers in northern Thailand and the lifeline of Chiang Mai. Your Mae Ping River cruise reveals villages and rural life played out on the river shores, and your guide offers insight into local livelihood and history throughout the journey.
Next, enjoy a sumptuous Khao Soi lunch at a local farmer’s house. This noodle dish is often made with chicken or beef, served over Chinese egg noodles, and garnished with shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chilies, and a squeeze of lime juice.
After lunch, visit a garden to learn about local vegetables, herbs, and the medicinal properties of plants, before returning to Chiang Mai by cruise back.