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Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

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This half-day Chiang Mai temple tour explores the most famous and picturesque of the city’s 36 Buddhist Wats, the perfect introduction to Northern Thailand’s cultural and religious capital. Experience Chiang Mai’s most visually stunning Buddhist temples, including the gorgeous 600-year-old Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep atop the 5,300-foot (1,615 meter) Doi Suthep Peak, plus plenty of great photo-ops. The tour includes the services of a guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transport and hotel pick-up and drop-off from central Chiang Mai.
  • Visit the impressive temples of Chiang Mai including the 600-year old Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
  • Amazing views of Chiang Mai from the summit of Doi Suthep
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up Time:
• The Pickup time from your hotel/Accommodation is done 15 to 30 minutes prior to the Starting time.
Starting Time:
• The Tour starts around 8:30 AM
The exact Pickup time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation.
Departure Point:
• Tour departs from centrally located Chiang Mai hotels
Return point:
• Returns to the original departure point
• The Tour is daily operated

Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Chang Klan Road, Huay Kaew Road, Amphur Muang, Chang Puak A. Muang, Ratchamaka Road, Nimmanhemin Road, Thapae Road A. Maung)
For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

The Chiang Mai temple tour is the perfect chance to sample the most famous and beautiful of the city’s 36 Buddhist temples (Wats), both inside the city walls and in the nearby countryside. 

Start your Chiang Mai temple tour with a pick-up from your hotel in the city about 30 minutes to an hour before the start of the tour. From there you’ll visit Wat Chedi, an ancient structure in Central Chiang Mai first constructed in 1411. The temple once rose over 278 feet (84 meters) above the city before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Glance inside the temple to observe statues of guardian spirits that some say protect the temple to this day. 

The tour will also ascend the rolling hills surrounding the Chiang Mai to experience the immaculate Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep, perched high above the urban center near the summit of the peak of Doi Suthep. The final staircase leading to the site is adorned with the impressive body of the mythical dragon-headed serpent, or Naga, snaking its way down 306 steps.

Over the course of the tour, gain first-hand insight into habits of the temples’ Buddhist monks as they go about their daily routines, plus plenty of opportunities to photograph historic environs of Chiang Mai and the majestic views from the foothills surrounding the city.
Stop At:  
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is 15 kilometers from the central city of Chiang Mai. It is suited on the mountain with elevation of 1,050 meters.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok is suited in the west of old Chiang Mai. it's consist of small white memorial chedi containing the remains honoring Thai royal family of Chiang Mai.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
What Phra That Chedi Luang consists of an impressive chedi, originally built in 1411. It reached a height of over 85 meters before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. It now reach a height of only 60 meters The temple also contains the city pillar.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the unlikely event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Dress Code: Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. It is also recommended to avoid bright colors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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125 Reviews

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Good tour, excellent tour guide with K. Oom
, Feb 2020
Very friendly tour guide, Khun Oom. Good temples tour. Would have been better if they included a little bit if city tour, not only temples.
Amazing temples, great tour guide
, Feb 2020
The tour picked us up at our hotel, as planned, in a nice van and we went with about 6 travelers to the temples. The guide did a great job of explaining the history of each temple, while also giving us time to wander and take photos on our own and enjoy each space. I really enjoyed our tour guide and highly recommend this tour! It was great to have someone to share the history about each location, so taking the tour added a lot of value to our experience of touring the temples.
See the leading sites and soak in history while you are at it!
, Feb 2020
This half day tour is a fabulous introduction to the major Wats and sights of Chaing Mai. We were in a small group and on a timetable - but this let us know where we'd like to go and spend more time when we go back one day (we must!). Our guide kept us on schedule yet gave us all the freedom to explore when on site, making sure we were well cared for. The magnificent Doi Suthep is the crowning experience of the day - we had been told "If you haven't been there, you haven't been to Chaing Mai" - and it is a very busy spot, so we really appreciated having a driver to drop us off and a guide to help us get through the crowds to the right places! Because this is only a half day, I think it makes a great option for families and for people who want some alone time to explore in the afternoons and evenings.
Temple tour
, Jan 2020
Got to see 3 different temples around Chiang Mai. The temples were a bit far from each other, which made it a little long. Our tour guide made the experience with her great explanations.
Great 1/2 day trip!
, Jan 2020
Owen, our guide was awesome. We got lucky an were the only group in the trip. We saw three temples and learned a lot about Thai and Chiang Mai history! Would recommend this trip. Took about 3 hours total.
Quick, Thorough and Fun
, Jan 2020
This was a very pleasant experience. We’re not one for many tours but our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. He explained the history of each temple and was very courteous to our needs. The tour also isn’t too long so this is perfect for anyone who may not have too much time to spare and still wants to go out at night for dinner.
Good half day tour!
, Jan 2020
This is a very worthwhile tour of some of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai. The only downside was that our guide, although knowledgeable, was quite young, and therefore not terribly professional, and had an accent that made her hard to understand. We felt that we missed a lot because of not being able to understand what she was saying. What we thought was National T-shirt Day, turned out to be National Teachers Day! Still a good tour!
good tour
, Dec 2019
very HOT in October...interesting to see the temples with a guide. very good guide I hired him for the next day private tour of botanical gardens and Mong mt. village...
Excellent Surprise!
, Sep 2019
We thought this would be a short entry to the city and didn’t expect too much...but it was fantastic! Our guide (Games) was amazing and we had a great time!
Excellent tour
Sergio D
, Sep 2019
The tour was great. Our tour guide Frankie explained all the temples and their history; is worth it.

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