• Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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See the golden pagodas of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep before the crowds arrive, following an early-morning almsgiving to local Buddhist monks. With a private guide at your side, you’ll gain insight into Thai spiritual life in Chiang Mai, including a private blessing ceremony at Wat Umong. After immersion in Buddhist devotional practices, slurp up a lunch of ‘khao soy,’ a northern-style noodle dish. Your 5-hour private tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off.

Highlights

  • Almsgiving and temples tour in Chiang Mai with a private guide
  • Rise early to join the locals in providing morning alms to monks
  • Climb the steps up Mt Suthep to the Doi Suthep temples for splendid views before the crowds arrive
  • Visit the lesser-known temple of Wat Umong for a private Buddhist blessing
  • Savor the unique flavors of a northern specialty dish of khao soy
  • Round-trip hotel transport by private, air-conditioned minivan

What You Can Expect

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

Meet your private guide upon hotel pickup in Chiang Mai in the early morning, and travel by air-conditioned minivan to Mt Suthep where you’ll join local Buddhist devotees in almsgiving. Your guide helps you fill the monks’ alms bowls with rice as they make their daily procession. 

Re-board the minivan to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Buddhist monastery where you’ll disembark to climb the 309 steps of the Golden Naga staircase. Reaching the top, admire the golden pagodas, a magnificent Emerald Buddha replica and the vista over Chiang Mai.

Your next stop includes a walk through mysterious tunnels leading to the 14th-century Wat Umong. During a private blessing ceremony with resident Buddhist monks, soak up the ambient sounds of chanting amid flickering candles and the scent of incense.

Finally, sate your appetite with a classic northern Thai dish called khao soy, which is made with coconut milk, crispy noodles and plenty of spices. After this savory breakfast, you’re delivered back to your hotel in Chiang Mai.

Customer Reviews

Yin Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

spent 4 days 3 nights in ChingMai. Day 1 arriving in early afternoon, sign up for a cooking school that night. Joined this morning tour on Day 2, and went for zip line in the afternoon. Went for a performance dinner at night at Mandarin Oriental. Day 3 signed up for a full day tour to Ching Rai black, white and blue temples. Day 4 just wondering in the resort, city, spa and heading to airport. It is an unforgettable experience.

Janeen O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I am glad I chose this tour to see Wat Doi Suthep. While there are a lot of tours that will take you to the top of the mountain and the temple, it was really nice to get there early in the morning before the crowds arrived. There were only a few people meandering around when we got there, so it made it easy to get nice pictures and be able to reflect a bit in the quiet surroundings as the guide explained the meaning of the different statues. The giving of alms and the visit to the meditation spot were also nice and the guide was very open and informative and explained many aspects of the Buddhist beliefs and practices. After a quick late breakfast, I was back to my hotel by 10:00 which gave me plenty of time for other activities.

Stephen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Nice tour. My only complaint is that I was thee only person on my tour and the guide seemed unwilling to adjust his routine to accommodate me. I am a practicing Buddhist and would have liked to have had more time for prayer and reflection.

Henry Javier Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Una experiencia única, ser parte del día a día como un tailandés, estuvo fuera de serie. No importó madrugar. Nuestro guía excelente persona. Lo recomiendo

Tabitha N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely Fabulous! Our tour guide Aittipol Keelawong was the best! Very thorough and considerate.

Katherine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable and also had lots of experience to share from his times staying at Buddhist monasteries. The lunch of Khao Soy was amazing and delicious. My father and I had a great time on this tour!

pj4ever29

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide Sam was awesome! Learned so much from him about the history and culture at both temples we had the pleasure to visit. Getting to give the monks our offering and be able to see and be apart of the process was a once in a lifetime experience. We were blessed by one of the monks and received Sai Sin bracelets. We also went to a local restaurant and had some amazing lunch. Great tour if you really want to get the temple experience and want to be able to ask questions to someone who speaks English.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Simply put, the tour was amazing and it was a highlight of our vacation. Our guide, Ping, was incredibly personable and his knowledge of the monk rituals and temple history made every stop we made more meaningful. I mentioned to Ping that we would probably visit Wat Pha Lat, as love photographing old architecture. he was incredibly flexible in making the stop there, as well as adjusting our visits to older temples. Finally, the stop at a well regarded Khao soy restaurant was a delicious ending to our wonderful day. It was a special experience to give alms with a local community. I highly recommend this tour and thank Ping and his driver for a fantastic day.

Michelle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We loved this tour!! We had the opportunity to give alms to the monks and to visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple. Our guide, Preecha was the best, he explained us everything and has ample knowledge about Thailand's history and Buddhism. Highly recommended.

Shakira B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I was traveling solo, so this was a private tour. Very interesting to learn more about the Bhuddist monk culture from a former monk. He made sure that I understood their lives and some of their customs. He also took a ton of pictures of me and ensured I had a great experience. It was a great day out. Driver was nice and did a great job! Lunch was tasty as well!

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