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From Chiang Mai: Lamphun and Lampang Temples Tour

1. 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.

Lampang Wat Chalermprakiat

2. Lampang Wat Chalermprakiat

Certainly! Here's the revised text using the phrase "experiential journey": Appointment at the hotel reception after breakfast to embark on an experiential journey. We will head to the Chiang Mai train station, where an exciting journey on an express train awaits us. This train is used daily for public transportation, offering an opportunity to immerse ourselves in local life and enjoy the natural scenery along the way. After approximately two hours of travel, we will reach the picturesque town of Lampang. Upon arrival at the train station, we will be greeted by our experienced guide, ready to accompany us on this magnificent day of exploration. Our first destination will be the visit to the magnificent hilltop pagodas, creating an unforgettable experience. To reach the pagodas, we will embark on a short but enchanting walk along a staircase of about 400 meters. Along the way, we will admire incredible views of the Lampang and Payao provinces, which will more than make up for the effort of reaching this marvelous natural terrace. Once on the top of the hill, we will be captivated by the breathtaking views and the sense of peace and serenity that surrounds us, enhancing our experiential journey. After exploring the pagodas and marveling at the panorama, we will descend from the hill to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, further enhancing our culinary experience. Here, we will have the opportunity to savor authentic cuisine of the region and indulge in traditional dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Following lunch, we will continue our journey towards Chiang Mai, along scenic roads that will provide further opportunities to appreciate the beauty of the landscape. Before reaching our final destination, we will make a stop at the charming local market of Kad Tung Kwian in Lamphun, adding another experiential highlight to our day. Here, we will immerse ourselves in the authentic atmosphere of the market, where residents from nearby villages display their fresh and local products. At the end of the market visit, we will resume our journey to return to Chiang Mai, carrying with us lasting memories of an experiential day filled with cultural, scenic, and culinary discoveries.

Chiang Mai: Countryside Adventure by Bike

3. Chiang Mai: Countryside Adventure by Bike

Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop near Chiang Mai Gate at 8:15 am. The bike tour will depart at 8:30 am sharp as we have a train to catch. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we pedal to the railway station to catch the train to Lamphun. Bikes on the Train: The 30 minute train ride will take you south from Chiang Mai to Lamphun. Wat Phra That Hariphunchai: Bike from the Lamphun railway station through quiet streets and lanes past the ancient city wall to the sacred Temple of Phra That Hariphunchai with its imposing golden chedi. Cycle across the Countryside: Pedaling out of the city, the bike tour will cut across the countryside towards Chiang Mai, wandering through fruit orchards and along canals. Lunch in the Village: The tour takes a break in a small village on the banks of the Ping River for some deliciously simple Thai food. Early transfer: Worried the kids might get tired? We can arrange for a van to pick you up after 30 KM and bring you back to town. That will still give you plenty of time to enjoy the train ride, all the food, sights, and drinks. Valid for up to 4 people max. Wat Ban Tawai: After lunch bike across the Ping River and on through rice paddies arriving at the wood carving village of Ban Tawai. Parking our bikes we will take a few moments to walk around and admire the craftsmanship of the wood carvers. Pedal the Foothills: Cycling the backroads and country lanes making our way through small villages, out across the plain to forested lanes in the foothills of Doi Suthep. Along the way we will stop at an ancient forest shrine of one of the founding kings of Chiang Mai. Wat Umong and back to the city: After a few rolling hills we come to the renowned forest temple and meditation center of Wat Umong. After we arrive Wat Umong and spend time there. We will pack our bike from the temple and hop on our vehicle and ride back to our shop. It will cut through all the busy roads at afterwork hours with a good rest after long day biking.

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