This alternative Chiang Mai day tour will bring you to some remarkable places in Chiang Mai. Some get very few visitors, others are quite touristy but worth a visit nevertheless. This tour consists of a number short walks. To connect these walks we use public transportation. This means we have ultimate flexibility. You will share transportation with local people. You will visit a number of temples and markets, specially selected by us because each of them has a special story. You will hear stories of the old days, visit some of the oldest eateries of Chiang Mai and will enjoy the diversity of this fascinating city like not many people do.
Your guide will meet you at the hotel. Board a public songtaew*. We will start our trip at a Buddhist temple close to the Ping River. This temple has a very interesting museum. Your guide will explain. We cross the road to the Ping River and taste a local delicacy at a small shop that has been there for decades. You will then hear the history of a footbridge that used to connect the Wat Ket area with the other side of the Ping River. We board another songtaew and transfer to undoubtedly the most interesting and colorful markets of Chiang Mai: Ton Lam Yai and Warorot. We will wander around these markets and your guide will explain about some of the products. We continue to Thapae Road where we will visit two interesting temples.
We will have lunch at a local restaurant.
We continue to a Burmese temple with an interesting story. We will today chat with a monk and leave to fate where that will be. We continue by foot to the Chiang Mai Gate market and onwards to a remarkable garden with statues. We will end this walk at the Buak Had Park where you can enjoy a short foot massage (on own cost) before we continue to the silver temple, Wat Srisuphan. We are now in the neighborhood where silver jewelry and other artefacts have been produced for centuries. We walk to another temple where we visit a museum which has a story that goes back to the 2nd World War. From here we drive to Wat Chedi Luang. This huge chedi is a popular destination. We visit Wat Pan Tao and a small museum before we travel to our next destination which will be Wat Lok Molee. Last stop today will be a Shan (Tai Yai) temple which has a unique stupa (tower). From here we walk to a market that becomes active in the late afternoon. From there we take you back to the hotel. End of the program.
Songtaew means “two rows”. These red cars have two rows of benches in the back. The Songtaew is the main form of public transportation in Chiang Mai. They seem to have fixed routes now but you can board them anywhere you want.