Chiang Mai, the former seat of the Lanna kingdom, is the perfect foil to Bangkok’s buzzing cosmopolis. Culture, history, arts, and nature thrive in this northern capital – not to mention the food! Before diving in, get your bearings with this quick and energetic half-day Chiang Mai Temple Tour taking you to the best sights the city has to offer, with a dose of local insight from our professional guide.
We’ll start off with an easy and smooth hotel pick-up before proceeding to our first stop, the Wat Phra Singh, known for its classic northern Thai or Lanna design. It is undoubtedly the city’s finest temple, with lavish monastic buildings and immaculately trimmed grounds.
We’ll then make our way to the beloved Wat Chedi Luang – a temple that has bested the damage done by a 16th-century earthquake (or Burmese cannon…?). It's towering, ruined Lanna-style chedi is much taller than Phra Singh’s, set in a powerfully atmospheric compound. Next, we head to Wat Chiang Man, where we’ll hear about Phaya Mengrai – none other than Chiang Mai’s founder. He established this temple, the city’s oldest, back in 1296. Finally, we’ll visit Wat Suan Dok, which is a Royal Temple of the Third Class. After covering the quintessential monuments with our local expert, we’ll bring you back to your hotel just in time for your next meal!