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Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

1. Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave, Den Sali Temple & Waterfall

Don't miss this exclusive nature and cultural tour from Chiang Mai. Your tour starts at Chiang Dao Cave, which will take approximately 1.5 hours to reach on a route that goes through beautiful rolling hillsides. As you approach the caves, you'll see the scenic Doi Chiang Dao mountain range. The cave itself was the place where the Bermese soldiers rested before attacking Chiang Mai in the mid 1400s AD. Explore inside its complex of 5 public caves and see the the natural forms of their stalagmites and stalactites. Then, descend into a large cavern to see Burmese-style images of the Buddha and many shrines. You can freely explore two of the caves by yourself, as they are lit with electric lights! Continue on to Den Sali Teak Wood Temple, located north of the city. This is one of Chiang Mai's most remarkable temples - the complex contains a large number of structures including an ordination hall, a viharn (retreat house), a meditation hall, the kuti (monks' living quarters), a drum hall, and several other buildings, which are all built in a gorgeous traditional architecture. Finish the tour at Bautong Sticky Waterfall, where you can climb on the limestone rocks of the waterfall, and enjoy your time bathing in the cool waters of the pool below. The Sticky Waterfalls are an impressive sight - the rocks are cream-colored and bulbous, almost cartoonish, and contrast beautifully with the dark green forest. The multi-tiered waterfalls are also stunning - don't forget to bring your camera! If you don't plan on getting wet in order to see the rocks, there are a couple hundred steep stairs you could take instead to see the various levels of the waterfalls. In the evening, head back to Chiang Mai.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

2. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

Start off your full-day tour to Chiang Rai with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 06:15 and 06:45 AM. See the countryside on a long but comfortable drive with your Spanish-speaking guide. Stop at the hot springs halfway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The water is warm enough that you will witness locals boiling their breakfast eggs in the geothermal water.  Then, visit the iconic White Temple, an impressive temple known worldwide for its unique sculptures and carvings. Capture the beauty of this photogenic point designed by Thailand's famous artist, Chaloemchai. Next, head off to the Big Buddha, an impressive statue and temple at the top of a small hill. If there is no special celebration that day, you can go up inside the Buddha's head and take in the views. Have a lunch break and dig in to a delicious Thai meal. Move on to the next highlight, a visit to the Black House Museum. Learn about the history behind this Lanna-style house designed by artist Thawan Duchanee. See his masterpieces in a contemporary artwork museum. Discover sculptures, wooden carvings, and furniture created by him. In the afternoon, see another of Chiang Rai’s gems, The Blue Temple, with its impressive murals. Listen to the history of the city and temple from your informative Spanish guide. You will have the option to visit the Karen Village if you would like to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of the northern hill tribes. Wear traditional outfits, learn how to craft handmade goods, and see the famous neck rings worn by Karen women. After a full day of sightseeing and exploring, make the journey back to Chiang Mai. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 7:00 PM.

Doi Suthep Hill Tribe Village and Evening Buddhist Service

3. 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: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

4. Chiang Mai: Private Tuk Tuk Tour of City Temples With Pickup

Explore Chiang Mai’s more popular temples with a Tuk Tuk and take a stroll through the eclectic and colorful Warorot Street Market in this half-day tour. The first stop will be Wat Chedi Luang. Known as the “Temple of the Big Stupa”, this 700+-year-old temple, famous for its Lanna-inspired designs, was once the home of the much-revered Emerald Buddha statue. Take a visit there today and you'll see a replica version which was a donation from the Thai king.  Pass by the 3 Kings Monument, a shrine named after the three founders of Chiang Mai, before moving on to Wat Phra Singh temple. One of the more venerated temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century and is famous for its northern Thai designs and impeccable gardens. Next, visit the Tha Phae Gate. A famous landmark for locals and visitors alike, it was once part of a high-bricked defensive wall that surrounded the city. Discover the host of bars, restaurants, and hotels within walking distance. After wandering around the gate, visit Wat Srisuphan, or the Silver Temple which was named after its ornate silver-colored designs. Before the day ends, stop at Warorot Market or Muang Mai Street Market and shop for local street food or produce.

Chiang Mai: Historical Temples Small Group Half-Day Tour

5. Chiang Mai: Historical Temples Small Group Half-Day Tour

The charming city of Chiang Mai is a mix of atmospheric temples and sleepy streets. Spend a half-day exploring this city’s best temples with a knowledgeable guide.   Start at Wat Phra Singh, a 700-year-old temple often described as the city’s most beautiful. Inside, find an enormous “Lion Buddha”, as well as guilded pagodas, murals, and statues. Then, visit Wat Chedi Luang, the largest Buddhist temple in the heart of Chiang Mai. Built in 1441, this crumbling chedi is surrounded by striking elephant and serpent statues, who guard the temple.   Wat Suan Dok is known for its countless white stupas (meditation structures) and its stunning scenery, including its backdrop of Doi Suthep Mountain. It’s thought that a tooth from the Buddha himself is enclosed at the temple’s heart.   Finally, visit Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai’s oldest temple, which dates back to 1296. The gleaming gold chedi is seriously impressive, but the atmospheric flower garden that doubles as a fantastic photo spot is also worth a visit.

From Chiang Mai: Lamphun and Lampang Temples Tour

6. 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.

Chiang Man: Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat & Wat Umong Spanish Tour

7. Chiang Man: Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat & Wat Umong Spanish Tour

Join a full-day guided tour in Spanish from Chiang Mai to discover the beautiful temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat, and Wat Umong, enjoy a lakeside lunch, and visit the impressive Warorot Market.   After your hotel pickup, drive to the Wat Umong Cave Temple, a meditation compound on the outskirts of Chiang Mai at the foot of the national park not visited by many tourists. Walk on the picturesque grounds, learn about Buddhism, and taking amazing photos. Nex,t hed to the temple of meditation, Wat Pha Lat, in the middle of the jungle. This lost enclosure inside the Doi Suthep National Park was formerly used as a resting point for pilgrims. Now monks live in it and you will walk through its enclosure, see its buildings, meditation rooms, river, and can also talk to monks.  Ride up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, the most important, well known, and spectacular temple in Chiang Mai. Located at the top of the Doi Suthep National Park, see its famous golden pagoda and enjoy a viewpoint that overlooks Chiang Mai city. At Huai Tung Tao, enjoy your delicious Thai lunch by the lake. This immense lake is surrounded by bamboo houses and it is where many locals go to spend the day on the weekends.  Later in the afternoon, travel to Wat Chiang Man, another lesser-known site in a district outside the old city. Hear the history of how the Lanna people protected themselves from invasions and you walk through ancient trees and lush gardens. At the end of the day, follow your guide inside the Warorot Market, the China Town of Chiang Mai, to see a large collection of local products and fun souvenirs. Afterward, return back to your hotel, arriving around 4:00 PM.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We had an absolutely amazing experience, sweet driver and guide. We saw the perfect amount of temples, and we got some exciting history about both the temples, but also the history of Northern Thailand. We also got to see some different food markets. All in all, it was a very actual experience that my boyfriend and I can definitely recommend to others.

We cannot thank guide Anna and driver Mr Pan enough for the most wonderful day out. We all loved the sights, the delicious foods and their informative and friendly company. A very special thank you to Anna for shepherding our two boys up and down the ‘sticky waterfalls’. This was the highlight of our holiday and wish we had spent more time there.

Great tour guide! She was very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed the tour and got great pictures. I learned so much about Thai history, the art work on various temples, the different types of Buddha forms and so much more. I highly recommend this tour and tour guide.

A wonderful day with May, who told us so much worth knowing about Chiang Mai and the temples. The driver Pim did a good job too. We would definitely recommend the tour, it was one of the highlights of the trip.

Had a great time! Tas was so informative and interesting. The cave was really neat but those waterfalls... so much fun! We were like kids again. I highly recommend