Move around like a local and embrace the iconic transport of choice, the songthaew, otherwise known as the red trucks of Chiang Mai.
These red pickup trucks have been modified to take numerous passengers in their back seats on their hop-on/hop-off flexible journeys around the old city. We’ll commandeer one for this morning trip to take in three of the emblematic sites of Chiang Mai.
We’ll first navigate the winding journey up Doi Suthep, the intimidating mountain that overshadows the valley of Chiang Mai, to visit the temple that sits at its peak.
Here, enjoy 360 views of the stunning landscape while also admiring the richly decorated temple grounds with its vast golden stupa. The temple is a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists so expect to see worshippers praying and burning incense as they pay homage to various shrines.
Next, we’ll retrace our steps down the mountain and dive into the bustling old city. Here, we’ll visit the crumbling ruins of Chedi Luang. Built in the 14th century, the temple forms the historic centre of Chiang Mai and is another focal point for Buddhist worship and learning.
Now crumbling, it may not be as ornate as other temples of the old city, yet the sprawling complex of ruins, often populated with dozens of orange and yellow-clad monks, makes for a mystical setting.
The final stop of the morning takes us to Warorot market. Tucked neatly beside the Ping River to the East of the old city, Warorot Market has long been a key feature of local life.
Explore the bustling market for local delicacies, delicious street food, beautiful flowers, clothing bargains, and Lanna handicrafts. After enjoying a glimpse into local life, return to hotels around 12:30.