Sacred Monk Experience
Breakfast at the hotel.
Take a closer look at Chiang Mai’s rich traditions with an early morning tour with monks. Set off at first light and drive to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Located on a mountain top, this temple is one of Chiang Mai’s most sacred sites.
Arrive in time to see the monks emerge from their monasteries for the daily alms collection. Witness the saffron-robed monks shuffle silently down the streets, collecting offerings from local Buddhist residents. This serene ceremony is the perfect introduction to Chiang Mai’s spiritual side.
Climb up the massive staircase to the top of Doi Suthep, admiring the Golden Naga images that line the stairs. Take a stroll around the golden stupa that sits at the center of the pagoda and admire the sweeping views of the city.
Continue along the spiritual trail with a visit to tranquil Wat Umong. Dating back to the 14th century, this sacred temple contains a network of mysterious tunnels and caves. In one of these quiet corners, receive a special blessing from a local monk.
Following this introduction to the spirituality of Northern Thailand, head to a popular local restaurant for a snack. Order a bowl of khao soi, Chiang Mai’s most famous dish which combines crispy noodles and coconut curry sauce. Slurp up the delicious noodles while reflecting on this magical morning before returning to the hotel.
Come enjoy an evening out in a truly Northern style setting at a traditional Khantoke Dinner, one of a must-do-and-enjoy dining experience once you are in Chiang Mai.
At dinner, your meal will be served on special, low, circular tables called toke presenting various kinds of delicious Northern Thai dishes.
During the meal, you will feel more relaxed with gracious Northern Thai folk dance and show all along. Transfer back to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.