ITINERARY BY DAY
Spend a day exploring the highlights of Chiang Mai, including a stop at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Waroros Market, Wat Srisuphan and Wat Chedi Luang – all while reducing your carbon footprint by travelling aboard a traditional Thai rickshaw.
Start your day with a drive from your hotel to Doi Suthep, home to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – considered the holiest shrine in northern Thailand. Founded under miraculous circumstances in 1386, this spiritual location features a steep flight of 300 stairs flanked by greenery and guarded by a 16th Century Naga serpent carving. You can either brave the climb or opt for a more gentle funicular train adjacent the stair pathway. Atop the mountain, the views from here are nothing short of stunning.
After your visit to Doi Suthep, head back down by car to Deck 1, a charming riverside restaurant that was the recent recipient of the Architectural Conservation Award from the Association of Siamese Architects. Enjoy lunch enjoy the cool shade of large trees and a supremely relaxing atmosphere. From here, swap your car for a traditional Thai rickshaw – used in Thailand for over six decades – and glide onward to Waroros Market. Weave through stalls brimming with anything from flowers to silks to handicrafts.
Your rickshaw then brings you to your last stop of the day at Wat Srisuphan and Wat Chedi Luang. With Wat Srisuphan’s glistening silver-coloured façade and Wat Chedi Luang’s historic architectural style, both are considered two of the most stunning and significant temples in Chiang Mai and the whole of Thailand. From here, sit back aboard your rickshaw and head back to your hotel in town.