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Chiang Mai Tour

Ancient temples, vibrant street markets and Doi Suthep National Park

A 4-day tour of some of the historic northern town's sights

Our 4-day, 3 night Chiang Mai tour will show you just a few of Thailand’s northern capital’s highlights from the picturesque, narrow lanes, ancient temples and lively street markets of the old town to a circumnavigation of nearby Doi Suthep National Park by scenic mountain roads.

Visits include the famous Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, Doi Suthep temple and a wander through the huge handicraft market at Ban Tawai. Apart from the famous sites, there’ll also be plenty of time to meet the locals, take in the City’s bustling street life and sample some of the local specialities on a guided street food tour of one of Chiang Mai’s bustling night markets. (Note that, in so far as this is booked as a private tour, precise itinerary details and destinations included are, of course, entirely flexible.)

This Chiang Mai tour extension or mini-tour is intended to complement our existing north Thailand, or Thailand and Laos itineraries, most of which either start or finish at Chiang Mai’s International Airport. Time restraints have meant we’ve had to limit the number of days spent in Chiang Mai on these tours so we’ve basically left it up to you and, if you can spare an extra few days to explore Thailand’s northern capital in more depth, then this mini-tour is strongly recommended.

Additional night’s accommodation in Chiang Mai, before or after your tour, are of course available on request and while our default hotel in town is the small, friendly, low-key, ’boutique-style’ Twenty Lodge we can offer alternatives to suit all budgets while, if you’ve chosen to book your own accommodation, we can, of course, arrange collections and drop-offs at any other hotel in town.

The price for a private tour is based on two people sharing (twin or double) while for a single traveller, the price is £560.



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Chiang Mai - arrival and walking tour of the old city

Arrival in Chiang Mai and check-in followed by an afternoon introductory walking tour of the old city’s lanes, ancient temples and lively markets.

Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Walk,

Day 2 - Chiang Mai - river cruise and Doi Suthep

Morning boat trip along Chiang Mai’s Ping River with an afternoon tour to Doi Suthep National Park. The mountain towers over the city and we’ll take in a summit temple and spectacular views back across the valley. Return to Chiang Mai for an evening street food tour in one of the vibrant night markets.

Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, D,

Day 3 - Chiang Mai - a mountain loop

Following a circuitous route, we’ll skirt the national park by a picturesque mountain road with stops at the Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens, an orchid farm and lunch at a spectacularly located mountain-top cafe before returning via the vast handicraft market at Ban Tawai.

Overnight: Chiang Mai Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 4 - Morning at leisure and departure

Morning at leisure; relax by the pool or grab some last minute shopping with a lunchtime departure.

Extra accommodation in Chiang Mai is available before or after your tour

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Thailand, Chiang Mai, Chinatown

Just a few of the many highlights

Formerly an independent, now north Thailand's cultural and commercial capital we'll explore the narrow lanes and ancient temples of the charming old town; check out the bustling markets and head into the surrounding hills

  • Guided walking tour of some of the sights of Chiang Mai's picturesque old town
  • Explanatory tour of its street markets; night bazaars, local specialities and handicraft markets
  • A river boat cruise along Chiang Mai's Ping River
  • Stay in a comfortable downtown hotel with garden and pool
  • A scenic circumnavigation of Doi Suthep National Park by mountain road
  • Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens and the Nong Hoi Royal Project

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Sugar Cane Chiang Mai view

  • Small, family-run, boutique style accommodation
  • Well-appointed with pool, garden, bar and restaurant
  • Excellent quiet yet central location

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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