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Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

1. Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit

Learn how to make authentic Thai dishes with this fun, small-group cooking class in Chiang Mai as you prepare classic dishes using ingredients from a local market. Choose between a half-day class during the morning or the evening and cook five dishes, or go for the full-day class to cook an extra two courses! Get picked up at your hotel within Chiang Mai, then meet up with the rest of your group and choose what you want to cook from the menu. Visit a local market and buy the necessary ingredients, and tour an organic farm filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Once you're done, head to the classroom and prepare your individual cooking stations for the lesson. Follow the instructions of your professional English-speaking guide as you cook a variety of authentic Thai dishes such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and curry, and make curry paste with your own two hands! Enjoy the fruits of your labor by sharing a meal with your group. Exchange stories as you sample each others' cooking before you head back to your accommodation.

4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

2. 4-Hour Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill Tribe Village from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep on Doi Suthep mountain. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who climb up 309 steps to the stupa on the hilltop. Get spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings. Then, visit a village and museum of the ethnic Hmong hill tribe, located inside the boundaries of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. Learn more about the life of the tribe, known for their colorful costumes and handicraft traditions. Return to Chiang Mai and get dropped off at your hotel.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep & Inthanon National Park Day Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep & Inthanon National Park Day Tour

Start your day of adventure at 8:00 AM when your private guide and driver picks you up from your hotel. You'll drive through the west of Chiang Mai to the Doi Suthep Temple, the most famous landmark in Chiang Mai and a sacred site among the locals. Thai people say you haven’t truly been to Chiang Mai if you haven't visited Doi Suthep. At the top of the temple, marvel at the shining gold and jeweled pagoda made in the Lanna architecture style. Listen to the chanting of the monks while you admire the panoramic views of the whole city of Chiang Mai from the viewing platform.  Next, you'll head to Doi Inthanon National Park where Thailand's highest peak is located. The area is covered by lush green preserved forests and has become one of the country's best parks. Stop at the halfway point up to the peak where you can admire the beautiful Wachirathan Waterfall and enjoy the flavors the real Thai food for lunch. After lunch, continue the drive up the mountain and enjoy the amazing views along the way. At the summit, visit the King, and Queen Pagoda and the beautiful surrounding gardens.  On the return trip, you'll make a final stop at a local market on the way down the mountain before heading back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai: 8-Hour Van Service with Professional Driver

4. Chiang Mai: 8-Hour Van Service with Professional Driver

Have your very own private driver for the day. Ensure a smooth trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with a professional driver to take you around Chiang Mai. Enjoy the full flexibility of how you would like to explore places in fascinating Chiang Mai city or the provinces nearby. Whether it's for sightseeing, a day trip, shopping or business, the driver will accommodate your requirements and make sure you have a great experience.

Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

5. Colors of Chiang Mai Guided Bicycle Tour

Discover the hidden gems of Chiang Mai through a recreational, cultural and educational bicycle tour. Join this adventure through the southern part of the city. Explore sites where old traditions continue to live on. The northern city Chiang Mai, known as the ‘Rose of the North’, maintains the allure it has held for travelers for centuries. Learn and see parts of the rich cultural background of Chiang Mai on the trip. Be led through quiet and green land roads, passing the historic settlement Wiang Kum Kam, founded in 1286 by King Mengrai. It was the capital of the Lanna empire for a period of only 10 years. See temples and ruins dating back hundreds of years. Make a stop at a local temple on the way. Learn about the importance of this temple and Buddhism from your guide. Next, visit the McKean rehabilitation center, a former leper colony, once cut off from the outside world. Nowadays it is a rehabilitation center for people with many kinds of physical disabilities. Continue the bicycle tour with a stop at an elementary school, mostly attended by hill-tribe children. Move onward to a small pottery center to watch the craftsmen make different shapes of pottery by hand. The ancient Lanna empire produced some of the finest ceramics ever. These days the northern region is the major center of Thailand’s pottery industry. Riding along the Ping River, breathe in the local atmosphere that makes Chiang Mai so special. Stop at a local bakery for a delicious sweet bun while watching the bakers produce many other products. Bike through the market to see the same products back in small traditional shops. Get an opportunity to sample some of the most delicious and exotic fruits and snacks. During the bicycle tour, expect to stop every hour for a short rest. Refresh yourself with drinking water or soft drink provided during the tour. Halfway through the trip, savor a light Thai meal (Khao Soy Kai) in a local restaurant.

Chiang Mai Traditional Khan Toke Meal & Cultural Performance

6. Chiang Mai Traditional Khan Toke Meal & Cultural Performance

05.00 p.m. Start picking up to begin the 4-hour activity with a first visit to the Muang Mai wholesale market. Marvel at the variety of fresh produce on offer before heading to the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center. Experience a traditional northern Thai dinner served on a small round table called a Khan Toke. Also enjoy watching the northern cultural performances such as Thai Fingernail Dance, Thai Sword and Thai Candle Dance, and Thai Folk Dance (Ramwong). 09.00 p.m. Transfer back to the hotel and drop off

Chiang Mai: 3-Hour ATV Countryside Adventure Tour

7. Chiang Mai: 3-Hour ATV Countryside Adventure Tour

This tour is a fun-filled adventure. Perfect for those that would like to explore the local Chaing Mai countryside and view it in a different way. It covers a mix of roughly 40 KM of road and off-road jungle terrain. The tour begins with a morning pick-up at your Chiang Mai hotel around 8:00 AM.  The drive is then around 1.5 hours to reach the adventure base camp. The camp provides all the amenities you need to stay comfortable including lockers, changing rooms with showers and a minimart to pick up any last-minute snacks or supplies before launching into your adventure. Before starting the activity, a safety orientation is given. You will also be given state-of-the-art helmets. The 3-hour ATV trip is set up for beginner to intermediate drivers. Detailed instructions with a training course will be given to get you comfortable with your vehicles. 

Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service

8. Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Chiang Mai, and then depart for Doi Suthep and Pui Mountain. Arrive at Doi Suthep Temple to transfer to a small truck that will take you into the mountains to a remote Hmong Hill Tribe village. Learn how the locals still live connected to nature, and get some free time to explore the village on your own, including the primary school and its compound. Relax with an afternoon coffee or tea before heading back to Doi Suthep Temple. Follow your guide through the historic complex, and get lots of information about the ideals and beliefs behind Buddhism. Attend an evening service at the temple to get better acquainted with the beliefs, bathed in golden light.

Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Food Tasting Tour

9. Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Food Tasting Tour

The tour kicks off at the grounds of Wat Lok Moli Temple in central Chiang Mai. Greet your guide and fellow guests and hop aboard the traditional rod deang truck and take a ride up to the best indoor produce market in Thailand. Your foodie guide will take you on a tour and in between learning about the ingredients that go into Northern Thai cuisine, you'll snack on plenty of different Northern Thai classics. Expect things like herbal sai oua sausage, pork crackling with a nam prik num dipping sauce, deep-fried tofu and traditional Thai-style crispy crepes. Once you've had your fill, it's back onboard for the short journey to one of Chiang Mai's most fascinating districts. The city's most famous dish is khao soi, a fragrant coconut curry topped with crispy noodles, shallots and lime. Head to a tucked away little joint that serves the very best in town. The truck leaves at this point and your guide will take you on a walking tour through the area. Stop for a Thai iced tea and find out how Thailand's favorite drink is made before dropping into a local semi-outdoor eatery which specialises in gai yang chicken. Watch as your spatchcocked beauty sizzles over a charcoal grill before its served with zingy papaya salad. The tour concludes at a little ice cream maker whose been churning out creamy desserts since the 1970s. The choice of flavour is up to you, but you're in Thailand, so you'd be disappointed if you stick to vanilla. Afterwards, say goodbye to your fellow guests. Your guide will help you find transport back to your hotel should you wish.

From Chiang Mai: Lamphun and Lampang Temples Tour

10. From Chiang Mai: Lamphun and Lampang Temples Tour

Begin with complimentary hotel pickup from Chiang Mai for a day spent in the less-crowded historical cities of Lamphun and Lampang. The tour's first stop is Wat Phra That Lampang Luang, said to be one of the best examples of Lanna-style architecture in the country. The temple complex houses a historical museum, massive brick gate, intricately-painted viharas, a sand-filled courtyard, bronze and copper stupas, all in a tranquil setting. Next, choose to jump on a horse cart — after all, Lampang is known throughout Thailand as "Horse Cart City." It is the only town in the country where these carriages are still found. A 15 to 30-minute tour around town will take you along the Wang River or past the city's quintessential sights. After lunch, head to Wat Prathat Hariphunchai, a fantastic 9th-century temple complex by the river. Said to be Lamphun’s largest, oldest, and most attractive temple compound, Hariphunchai Temple got its name from the Mon Kingdom city that ruled this part of northern Thailand from the 9th to 13th centuries. The final stop is Wat Chammathewi Temple, home to a stupa surrounded by arches holding 60 Buddha statues; Queen Chama Devi’s ashes are said to be found inside. The unusual square "stepped pyramid" pagoda is the oldest surviving example of its kind from the Dvaravati period, the family of which ruled much of Thailand from the 6th to 11th centuries. After the day is completed, relax on a transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 257 reviews

We were with M, a nice and careful guide ! He answered to all our many questions. The different visits were well organised and M shows us the best spots to take pictures (he's also a good photographer !). We really enjoyed this authentic visit : with Hmong and their way of life, the good coffee and cakes in a quiet and pretty place (with a nice point of view) and the candle ceremony of the Doi Suthep monks. Thank you M ! Vincent and Vanessa

My brother and I took this cooking class and we loved it. The staff was great and the facility they used was well kept and nice. The food we cooked was so good and I really enjoyed walking around and learning about the vegetables we were going to include in our dishes and picking them out from the gardens. Definitely worth the money and a unique experience!

We had a wonderful tour with Moui. She was very knowledgeable and showed us numerous interesting restaurants and dishes. We definitely would not have been able to find a lot of the restaurants without her. And even if we could, we would not have been able to order. These restaurants were small, local places and it was great to eat what the locals eat.

What a great experience in a lovely setting on a local organic farm. Cooking and sourcing the ingredients with peak results gives you an appreciation of Thai flavours and cooking styles.

Pon, our driver/tour guide was very helpful and knowledgeable in suggesting places we would want to visit.