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Half Day Temple Tour and Buddhist Alms Giving

Chiang Mai
5 hours
Sightseeing Tours
Temples
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Overview

Enter the serene and spiritual world of Buddhist monks as you tour through the stunning Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple and the monastery of Wat Umong.

Why to buy

  • Explore the serene temples of Chiang Mai and gain insight into the spiritual life of Buddhist monks
  • Give alms to the monks along with other devotees and gain their blessings.
  • Walk through the serene temples and soak in the views of the golden pagodas of Wat Phra that Doi Suthep.

Itinerary

This spiritual journey will take you across Chiang Mai to observe serene Buddhist processions where dozens of Buddhist monks take to the streets collecting alms. Your tour will start early morning when you will be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai in your private minivan and arrive at the foothill of Mt. Suthep in time to purchase offerings and join the locals and devotees during their daily alms giving sessions. Your private guide will also help you participate by filling the monks’ alms bowls with rice or other items you may have purchased to give them as alms.

After the alms-giving session your tour van will take you up the mountain to the Wat Phra that Doi Suthep where you will have to climb 309 steps on the Golden Naga Staircase to reach the temple’s sparkling pagodas. Here you will get the chance to treat your eyes to the majestic views over Chiang Mai and the Buddhist monasteries which showcase traditional Thai architecture, boast richly decorated murals and shrines and a stunning replica of the Emerald Buddha. After this you will head to Wat Umong, which is a 14th century temple covered in small plants and moss giving it the charm of a monument from a different world. Here you will get a chance to walk through secret tunnels and reach a monastery where you will get your own private blessings ceremony with the resident monks.

After taking in the ambient sounds of chants amidst fresh flowers, with the air heavy with incense and candle fumes, you will finish your tour with a delicious bowl of khao soy – which is a classic Thai dish made with coconut milk, crispy noodles and a bunch of spices that will delight your senses. You will then be dropped back to your hotel.

Inclusions
Hotel transfers
Expert guide
Almsgiving session
Entrance fee
Khau Soy noodle lunch
Exclusions
Gratuities
Snacks and drinks

Schedule

Duration
5 hours
Timings
Monday 6:00 AM Tuesday 6:00 AM Wednesday 6:00 AM Thursday 6:00 AM Friday 6:00 AM Saturday 6:00 AM Sunday 6:00 AM 
Language used
English 
Type of Guide/Tour
Expert Guide
Child allowed age
0 - 12 years
Pickup point
Your respective hotel
Meeting point
Mt Suthep
End point
Your respective hotel

Good to know

  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required

Additional Information

  • It is recommended to pack a breakfast or snack to eat until lunchtime.
  • This tour may be operated by a multilingual guide, however language options are subject to availability and will cost an additional surcharge.

Cancellation policy

  • Please refer to your booking for the cancellation policy.

Address

Sriwichai Alley, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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