Mae Ping River Experience

    • 4-5 hours
    • TUX
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $82
    • *Approx package price

Spend your morning with monks, your day cruising the river, your lunch eating noodles with a local farmer, and your afternoon at the markets on this Chiang Mai tour that immerses you in all types of typically Thai situations. 


* Experience local life in Chiang Mai, from offering alms to slurping soup

* Visit Wat Chai Monkol temple and offer alms to Monks, just like local Buddhists do

* Cruise the Mai Ping River in a longtail boat and see local life unfold along its banks

* Indulge in Khao Soy, a traditional northern Thai noodle soup

* Explore the vibrant markets of Chiang Mai, including the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Centrally located hotels in Chiang Mai (within a 5 km radius of Tapae Gate)
  • Finish:

    Flower market. You are free to continue your own personal exploration at the end of the trip
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, local lunch, Monk offering, entrance fees, transportation, tour pick up.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, tips / gratuities for drivers or guide.

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.<br /> If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

Dress standard

Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. This trip visits religious sites, please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.



Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour


Want to see the real Chiang Mai? Come along then! We've got temples and monks to discover, a cruise on the Mae Ping River to enjoy, yummy noodles to slurp, a local farmer to meet, and markets to explore. 
Our Chiang Mai city tour adventure will begin by exploring 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.
Next, we'll take a cruise up the Mae Ping River, one of the main rivers in northern Thailand and the lifeline of Chiang Mai. Our Mae Ping River cruise will reveal villages and rural life played out on the river shores, and your guide will offer insight into local livelihood and history throughout the journey.
Next on our Chiang Mai tour we'll 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. It's totally delicious, and a must-try food in Chiang Mai!
After lunch, we'll visit a garden to learn about local vegetables, herbs, and the medicinal properties of plants, before returning to Chiang Mai by songthaew, stopping along the way at the Warorot Market, one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai. Almost everything is for sale here from food to clothing and hill tribe crafts.
At the market, you'll have plenty of time to taste and sample more local specialties before moving on to the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market, full of colourful, fresh cut flowers. This is where our Chiang Mai city tour will come to an end, and you're free to continue exploring the markets at your leisure.

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