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Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

1. Ethical Elephant Caretaker & Doi Suthep Temple Private Tour

Begin your private experience with a pick-up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city and take a scenic journey to a private elephant estate where you will be their caretaker for half a day. Upon arrival, Walk to the main base camp, located up the hill, get changed into an elephant caretaker outfit and prepare yourself for a day of fun. Learn about Asian Elephants' long and fascinating history as you learn to cook healthy herbal treats for them to eat for a snack. Afterward, feed the handmade treats to them and walk along their side through the beautiful lush forest. Continue with elephant bathing in the river and say a farewell to your new, big friends as you set off on the next part of your tour. Take some time out of your day to enjoy a delicious Tha lunch, eating dishes with rice and finishing off your meal with a selection of fresh tropical fruits. Then, visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple that is situated on the top of a mountain. You can reach the top by walking up or using the elevator. At the very top, there is a golden chedi and terrace adorned with small shrines, breadfruit trees, rock gardens and, an Emerald Buddha statue. From the mountain top you will be treated to breathtaking views of the lush greenery below.

Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

2. Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey towards Chiang Rai, stopping at the hot springs of Mae Kajan to soak your feet in the healing waters. Then, visit the temple of Wat Rong Khun and marvel at is white exterior inlaid with mirrored glass. Enter the "Golden Triangle" to see the city of Chiang Saen. Enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant before climbing aboard a boat for a ride along the Mekong River (optional). Cross into Laos and go to the market at Don Sao Island. Visit the Opium House Museum to learn more about opium and why it was once as expensive as gold.  Get the chance to stop at a hill tribe village en route back to Chiang Mai and meet the people of the Long Neck tribes.

Chiang Mai Lunchtime 20 Dish Food Tasting Tour

3. 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.

High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

4. High Mountain Day Trek from Chiang Mai

Depart Chiang Mai and travel by covered pickup truck to the start of the trek in the wilds of Northern Thailand in approximately 1 hour. Arrive at the starting point and begin your adventure. Hike along one of numerous available routes using local trails that can vary depending on the conditions of the day. The versatility of the itinerary will ensure that you experience some of Thailand's most pristine forest up close. Stop for lunch in the lush jungle or at a village, and enjoy a delicious packed lunch of homemade Thai food with fresh fruit. Stroll through the village after lunch, and then continue your trek through the beautiful forest. Encounter friendly locals and hill tribes and get a glimpse into their everyday lives. Return to the transfer vehicle and drive back to Chiang Mai for an approximate arrival time in the city at 17:00.

Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

5. Doi Inthanon Private Tour & Soft Hike to Hill Tribe Village

Explore Doi Intanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak, on this full-day tour from Chiang Mai. A member of the local Karen hill tribe will be your guide during the hike. Walk through the jungle and spot exotic birds and butterflies. Reach the hill tribe village after about 2 hours of hiking. Drive through Baan Khun Klaang, the largest Hmong community in the park, and then see the King’s royal projects. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, drive to the summit of the mountain and explore the Ang-Kha Nature Trail. Continue to the twin pagodas built in honor of the King and Queen of Thailand. Admire the royal flower garden surrounding the site.

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

6. 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.

Private Doi Suthep Temple and Sticky Waterfall Tour

7. Private Doi Suthep Temple and Sticky Waterfall Tour

Get picked up from your hotel or accommodation in Chiang Mai and drive up the curvy mountain roads to Doi Suthep - Pui National Park. You will visit the most important temple here. Walk up 306 steps (or, if you prefer an easier method, take a funicular ride) to the temple, which sits at 1,100 meters above sea level. The famous golden pagoda is stunning and the temple contains the relic of the Lord Buddha. Here, you'll also have the chance to get a holy blessing from a Buddhist monk and participate in a wrist tiding ceremony. From the balcony, enjoy a panoramic view of Chiang Mai. Next, you'll continue to Bua Tong waterfalls. Swim around the clear water or climb the "sticky" limestone and enjoy the gorgeous natural scenery.

Chiang Rai: 2-Day Private White Temple & Golden Triangle

8. Chiang Rai: 2-Day Private White Temple & Golden Triangle

Departing from Chiang Mai, your first visit will be at a hot springs. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Continue your journey to White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a dazzling temple built in 1990. Its ornate all-white exterior with embedded pieces of mirror gives it a resplendent appearance which marks it as one of the most beautiful temples. Visit the Black House (Baan Dam), an original contemporary art museum before heading to your hotel in Chiang Rai. Start your second day at Choui Fong Tea Plantation, well-known for its grand view and the highest quality traditional teas cultivated. As the site is located on the hill, you will be able to get great scenery of the land. Continue to Wat Rong Sua Ten (the Blue Temple), which is famous for its magnificent blue interior with a large white Buddha that marks the spirits. The paintings are reminiscent of the style that you can see inside the White Temple. Next, you will visit Doi Tung, the former king mother's botanical garden in the mountain.  Continue to Chiang Sean for a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet the mighty Mekong River. it will be a good combination tour of the nature, culture and traditions as well as the beautiful landscapes (optional boat ride on the mighty Mae Khong River). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and continue to explore Chiang Rai history at Opium Museum and head back to Chiang Mai by 6:00 PM. 

Chiang Mai: 8-Hour Van Service with Professional Driver

9. 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.

Pai Highlights Private One Day Trip From Chiang Mai

10. Pai Highlights Private One Day Trip From Chiang Mai

On this private day trip from Chiang Mai to Pai, you will be picked up in the early morning and travel for a 3.5-hour drive up Highway 1095 to Pai. Pai is a small but charming town with its tranquil atmosphere surrounded by mountains, fields, and streams. The road from Chiang Mai to Pai will take you some of the most verdant green mountain countries that you will ever see. The trip includes visits to Pai town, Chinese Santichon Community, the Historical Bridge, Coffee in Love Cafe, the Buddhist Temple, and the waterfall. You can order a drink or cheesecake dessert on the balcony while enjoying the view at Coffee in Love Cafe. Visit the Historical Bridge, built in 1942 it is part of the route from Chiang Mai to Burma. The next stop is Wat Phra That Mae Yen temple which sits atop a hill and offers those who make the climb to the top some decent views of Pai.

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What people are saying about Chiang Mai

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

khun Pon provided us with excellent service! really felt that he went above and beyond to make us feel welcome, comfortable and truly enjoy the trip. we were awed when Khun Pon helped us with ordering and serving our lunch! we were very thankful to have Khun Pon as our guide! Thank you Khun Pon! definitely highly recommended!

Loved seeing the White Temple. It is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Because of Covid, a lot of things at the Golden Triangle were closed. It was interesting to visit the Opium museum and look across the River to Myanmar and Laos, but we are not convinced it was worth the drive.

Truly an incredible experience. It’s a private personal tour, so you’ll have plenty of time to explore and have playtime with the elephants. Our tour guide was friendly, informative. I highly recommend it!

Great Tour! Our guide gave us a very good insight into the flora and culture of Chiang Mai. There was delicious Thai food on the mountain and we had a great view of the mountains. Absolutely to suggest!

Loved this trip, the waterfalls are sometimes sticky sometimes slippery!