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Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep, Wat Umong, and Pha Lat Sunrise Tour

1. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep, Wat Umong, and Pha Lat Sunrise Tour

Begin your morning tour by climbing the 309 steps up to Doi Suthep Temple with your local guide. Bask in the golden rays of sunrise after conquering the staircase and take photos of the unrivaled view of the city of Chiang Mai.  Then, stand in the shadow of the golden Kruba Srivichai Monument, and head to Wat Pha Lat, a hidden temple in the lush jungle. Admire the serene statues, shrines, and surrounding nature.  Wrap up your half-day tour with a stop at Wat Umong, a 700-year-old temple built back in 1297. Explore the forest and underground tunnels. Marvel at the architecture of the chedi.

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep and Wat Umong Enchanting Evening Tour

2. Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep and Wat Umong Enchanting Evening Tour

Be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and go on a short drive to Wat Umong temple in the late afternoon. At this time of day, the crowds are few and views are prime. Upon arrival, explore the underground tunnels, bask in the beauty of the temple, and enjoy the forest surroundings. It is said that the trees in this forest have words of wisdom for those who pass by. After Wat Umong, the next stop is Doi Suthep temple. At this ornate structure, which is reached by a 309-step staircase, enjoy the spectacular views of Chiang Mai at night from the summit of the mountain. Join a traditional ceremony performed by the temple's monks at the Golden Pagoda. After an afternoon spent exploring Chiang Mai’s temples and enjoying the sunset over the city, be returned to your hotel.

Chiang Mai: Wat Umong & Doi Suthep Half Day Tour

3. Chiang Mai: Wat Umong & Doi Suthep Half Day Tour

This half-day tour begins with a visit to Wat Umong, one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. Located in a lush green forest at the foothills of the Suthep mountain, it is now a well-known meditation center. Explore the tunnel built by King Mengrai (the founder of Chiang Mai) to give monks a place to meditate in peace. See a Buddha field of broken sculptures and a library-museum in the temple area. Continue to Phra That Doi Suthep, located at the top of Suthep mountain, where a relic of the Buddha is kept in the golden stupa. Climb a naga stairway to the main temple area and marvel at the views of Chiang Mai city from the balcony.

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

4. 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.  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.

Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

5. Chiang Mai: Customize Your Own Chiang Mai City Tour

Plan your own tour of Chiang Mai and have your own driver take you around the temples, markets, and famous sights. Shop for local food at Warorot Market, visit sacred temples such as Wat Chiang Man, and buy handicrafts on Chang Moi Street. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car. Craft your own itinerary and indicate three to four attractions you would like to see when you purchase your trip. Take note of the distance between locations when you are planning. Give your guide some options so that the best tour schedule can be designed for you. If you are unsure, check out the sacred temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, or Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa). Visit Warorot Market and see the clothes, local products, and food on sale at the most famous market in Northern Thailand. Check out the silver temple at Wat Srisuphan, purchase fruit and flowers at Ton Lamyai Flower Market, and walk along Chang Moi Street, known for selling handicrafts. Take in the famous landmark of Tha Pae Gate, the eastern gate of the walled city. The complete list of attractions includes Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang (Temple of the Big Stupa), Wat Phan Tao, 3 Kings Monument, Wat Chiang Man (Chiang Mai’s oldest temple), Wat Lok Moli, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Umong (tunnel temple), Wat Srisuphan (silver temple), Warorot Market (Kad Luang), Ton Lamyai Flower Market (fruit and flower market), Thapae Gate, Chang Moi Street (handicraft street), Kruba Srivichai Monument, Wat Pha Lat (Hidden Temple).

Elephant care with Wat Umong, Doi Suthep and Night City view

6. Elephant care with Wat Umong, Doi Suthep and Night City view

Elephant save and care program with Special Trip Wat Umong, Doi Suthep + Night City View Elephants are one of the most majestic creatures on earth. They are known for their incredible size, strength and intelligence. These gentle giants have been revered in many cultures and have played an important role in human history. One of the most fascinating things about elephants is their social behavior. They live in herds and have a matriarchal social structure, which means that the oldest female in the group is the leader. Elephants are highly intelligent and have been known to display empathy and even mourn their dead. Start with Elephant save and care Pick up time at 12.00-12.30 pm. Drive about 1 hour to the elephant camp. 1.30 pm. Get changed into the local clothes and be ready for fun activities. The experienced guide will provide information about the elephants' behavior, elephant history, and how to provide proper care for them. 2.00 pm. Then, you will get to prepare food and healthy treats for the elephants. Next, you will feed the elephants. While they enjoy their baskets of bananas, you can photograph (Please close the flash at your camera). You can touch and interact with the elephants at your leisure while you learn about their behavior. 2.30 pm. After that, you and the elephants will walk to play in the mud and sand spa. During this time, you will have a chance to observe their behavior. You can also enjoy with the elephant for cleaning elephant's skin and scrub mud to their body for protecting elephant's skin from the insect, this activity depends on an elephant if elephant wants to do you can join. After your time with the elephants, change your clothes, shower. 4.00 pm. you will take the 1-hour journey back to the city and will be transferred to our office for the next program. 5.00 - 5.40 pm. Relax at our office for 10 minutes / pick up time. You will take 30 minutes to the Wat Umong Wat Umong is a Buddhist temple located in the foothills of Doi Suthep, about 10 kilometers outside the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. What makes this temple unique is its serene forest setting and its underground tunnel system. Doi Suthep, located west of Chiang Mai in Thailand, is a majestic mountain and one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain. This mountain is 1,676 meters in elevation and is famous for its stunning temples, including Wat Umong. Doi Suthep temples can be visited at night so, you can enjoy your night with an incredible night city view. Wat Umong+Doi Suhep at night 6.10 pm. Wat Umong set in the forest is completely different from other typical temples, this one id built inside a tunnel. It doesn’t matter what religion you have, when you go inside the tunnel, it whispers to you the secrets of this world and old history of this temple. You will take 45 minutes to Doi Suthep. Enjoy the glorious beauty of sacred temple and the admirable night city view from the mountain without the usual crowds. 9.00 pm. Back to the hotel.

Chiang Mai: Countryside Adventure by Bike

7. 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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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 505 reviews

We had a great time with our guide Jeibbie- she gave great information at the various sites, and in particular these temples were a great cross-section of the different architectural and historical styles in Chiang Mai. The 530am start is worth it as the sunrise at Doi Suthep is beautiful. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great way to spend a morning in Chiang Mai that hits some of the best temples in and near the city.

Our guide Tik was great! He really took time to explain the history and the details of the temples we visited! The tour itself was excellent, giving us a chance to witness a Buddhist chanting ceremony, sunrise from a beautiful viewpoint, a stunning temple in the jungle and another one with a great catacomb system. If you're willing to get up early (4.30 am), it is definitely worth it

I had an amazing experience with this tour. transportation was covered and we got to visit many temples including the one on doi suthep. Our guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable. 11/10.

Had a really lovely time and Saman, our guide shared a lot of interesting information.

Great start of the day. Koi was perfect guide. Can highly recommend this trip.