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Spiritual Thailand: Chiang Mai & Chiang Rai

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,206

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Discover the temples, hill tribes, and night markets of Northern Thailand on this journey to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. During your week-long vacation, you’ll delve into Chiang Mai’s culinary scene, visit the Golden Triangle at the borders with Laos and Myanmar, and meet with hill tribe villagers in the countryside.


This 7-day Thailand vacation takes you to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north of the country. It features first-class accommodations, private tours, and is a great add-on to a stay in Bangkok. 

Your journey begins in Chiang Mai, the nation’s unofficial northern capital, known for its good food, quiet atmosphere, and wealth of beautiful temples left over from the Lanna Kingdom during the Middle Ages. You’ll tap into the city’s religious history with a half day temples tour, which takes you to many of the most notable temples in the city. Along with your guide, you’ll see Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple, Wat Phra Sing, known for its intricate woodcarvings at Lak Kham Chapel, Wat Chedi Luang, with its massive pagoda, and Wat Suan Dok, which was a royal garden in the past and now houses one of the city’s famous monk schools. The next day, delve into the city’s culinary scene with a trip to Chang Purk Market, where you’ll have a chance to try some delicious local foods, including noodles, soups, spicy meats, and desserts. Once the sun is down, head to the night market to try your bargaining skills with vendors selling handicrafts and Thai silks. 

From Chiang Mai, head northwest to Chiang Rai, one of the hidden gems of Thailand, which is known for its temples and gorgeous architecture. While based in Chiang Rai, you’ll spend a day meeting the hill tribes of the northwest. Start with a visit to Akha and Yao tribes in the mountainside, who trace their heritage back to Tibet and are among the poorest minorities in the country. Continue to Chiang Saen, the crossroads market town on the Mekong River, where you can gaze out over the Golden Triangle that connects Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. End the day at Mae Sai on the Thai-Myanmar Border, where you can catch a glimpse of life in Myanmar and peruse some flea markets before returning to Chiang Rai. You’ll have another day at leisure in Chiang Rag to tour its temples such as Wat Phra Sing and What Phra That Chedi Luang, or gaze upon the elaborate, bizarre stylings of Wat Rong Kun, the dragon-scaled, whitewashed temple known as the White Temple. 

At the end of your stay, head to the airport to connect to your onward destination. 


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,206

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Day 1

Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Mai Hotel

Duration10 Minutes

Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort

Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort is a luxury boutique resort nestled serenely along the bank of the Mae Ping River in center of Lanna historical city. Chiang Mai is only minutes away and the hotel is close to the city's popular Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
All 75 luxurious guestrooms feature private balconies, widescreen plasma televisions, home theatre, broadband internet and bathrooms with built-in LCD TVs and rain showers. RatiLanna, the 5 star luxury resort, offers the highest standard of services and tasteful facilities.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort

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    Ratilanna Riverside Spa Resort



    Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort is a luxury boutique resort nestled serenely along the bank of the Mae Ping River in center of Lanna historical city. Chiang Mai is only minutes away and the hotel is close to the city's popular Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. …

    Rati Lanna Riverside Spa Resort is a luxury boutique resort nestled serenely along the bank of the Mae Ping River in center of Lanna historical city. Chiang Mai is only minutes away and the hotel is close to the city's popular Chiang Mai Night Bazaar.
    All 75 luxurious guestrooms feature private balconies, widescreen plasma televisions, home theatre, broadband internet and bathrooms with built-in LCD TVs and rain showers. RatiLanna, the 5 star luxury resort, offers the highest standard of services and tasteful facilities.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Cooking Classes
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gift Shop
    • Library
    • Pool bar
    • Restaurant
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 2

A Morning with the Monks Wat Doi Suthep and Wat Umong

Today, head out to take a closer look at Chiang Mai's rich traditions with an early morning tour with monks. Set off at first light and drive to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Located on a mountain top, this temple is one of Chiang Mai's most sacred sites. Arrive in time to see the monks emerge from their monasteries for the daily alms collection. Witness the saffron-robed monks shuffle silently down the streets, collecting offerings from local Buddhist residents. This serene ceremony is the perfect introduction to Chiang Mai's spiritual side. Climb up the massive staircase to the top of Doi Suthep, admiring the Golden Naga images that line the stairs. Take a stroll around the golden stupa that sits at the centre of the pagoda and admire the sweeping views of the city.

Continue along the spiritual trail with a visit to tranquil Wat Umong. Dating back to the 14th century, this sacred temple contains a network of mysterious tunnels and caves. In one of these quiet corners, receive a special blessing from a local monk.

Following this introduction to the spirituality of northern Thailand, head to a popular local restaurant for a snack. Order a bowl of khao soi, Chiang Mai's most famous dish which combines crispy noodles and coconut curry sauce. Slurp up the delicious noodles while reflecting on the magical morning then return to the hotel.

Duration5 Hours
Day 3

Private Half Day Meditation & Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok

Today, take a step on Thailand's spiritual path for an insightful Buddhist experience. Learn the meditation techniques from a local master, focusing the mind and clearing the soul. Sit down with a Buddhist monk to talk about his life while gaining a deeper understanding of Thailand's cultural beliefs.

You will be collected from your hotel in Chiang Mai at 1:00pm by your private guide and private vehicle to enjoy an afternoon of spiritual exploration. You'll practice meditation at serene Wat Suan Dok, take a short tour of the temple while learning about its history and understanding why it is revered as one of the city's most sacred sites.

Amid this sanctuary, find a quiet corner in which to meditate. Learn traditional techniques of meditation from a local expert, discovering how to control the breath and regulate the mind. Discover the importance of meditation in the lives of the Thai people, many of whom practice every day. Spend time practicing meditation, relaxing and purifying the mind and soul.

Feeling refreshed, meet with one of Wat Suan Dok's monks for a chat. Enjoy this unique opportunity to talk with a Thai Buddhist monk and learn about his life, the country's spiritual beliefs and anything else of interest. This exchange provides a remarkable forum for connecting with Thailand's culture.

Following this immersive experience into Thailand's spiritual side, you'll be returned to your hotel.

Duration6 Hours
Day 4

Scenic Transfer from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

This morning, you'll be met by your private guide and driver for the overland road transfer to Chiang Rai (drop off service also available in the The Golden Triangle or Phu Chaisai regions).

You'll enjoy scenic landscapes along the way of surrounding mountains and lush paddy fields. Your driver and guide will be happy to make a couple brief stops on the way should you wish to stretch your legs, purchase any snacks or refreshments or use the facilities.

Before reaching Chiang Rai, you will visit Wat Rong Khun. Translated as 'The White Temple', this modern monument was designed by a famous local artist and features unusual Buddhist paintings and sculptures. After exploring the site, continue the drive north, arriving at your destination late this afternoon.

Duration6 Hours

Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa

Nestled within the mist-shrouded hills of northern Thailand, Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa brings contemporary luxury to a land steeped in lore. Located in the countryside between Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and Doi Mae Salong, this all-suite resort presides over a spellbinding landscape of lush green valleys, mountain lakes and endless forest-covered hills. Facilities include a large outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, library room and spa.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa

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    Katiliya Mountain Resort and Spa



    Nestled within the mist-shrouded hills of northern Thailand, Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa brings contemporary luxury to a land steeped in lore. Located in the countryside between Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and Doi Mae Salong, this all-suite resort presides over a spellbinding landscape of lush …

    Nestled within the mist-shrouded hills of northern Thailand, Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa brings contemporary luxury to a land steeped in lore. Located in the countryside between Chiang Rai, Mae Sai and Doi Mae Salong, this all-suite resort presides over a spellbinding landscape of lush green valleys, mountain lakes and endless forest-covered hills. Facilities include a large outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, library room and spa.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fitness Centre
    • Karaoke room
    • Meeting Room
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool

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Day 5

Private Half Day Marvelous Monastery and Hill Tribes

Discover soaring landscapes and take in a treasure trove of wonders on this tour of Mae Salong. Witness Buddhist monks traveling by horseback to collect their daily alms. Explore Akha and Yao villages, seeing cultures untouched by time and learn about the fascinating history of the KMT army with a visit to a mountainside settlement.

You will be picked up early this morning at 7:00am from your hotel in Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle or Mae Chan. Set off early to discover a part of Thailand that is not yet on the main tourist trail.

The first stop is Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong, or Golden Horse Monastery. This remote monastery is one-of-a-kind in Thailand as its monks collect their daily alms by horse instead of on foot. Learn the tale of how this unique procession came to be while walking around the grounds. There may be an opportunity to make an offering to the monks as they pass-by on horseback. Continue to a nearby hilltop temple where monks are often practicing Muay Thai martial arts.

Having seen a unique side of Buddhism, venture into Mae Salong's hills to meet with some of Thailand's ethnic groups. Visit villages inhabited by the Yao and Akha people, learning about their traditional cultures and beliefs such as spirit worship.

Continue to climb further up the mountains, arriving at Santi Kiri. Santi Kiri is home to a settlement of Kuomintang (KMT) refugees. Learn how the KMT Nationalist Chinese Army fled to Thailand during the mainland civil war and have since fought alongside the Thai army. The descendants of the army have been given land rights to stay in this beautiful corner of Thailand. Visit tea plantations and a co-op store selling homemade wine, traditional medicines and other locally-grown products of the KMT and other Santi Kiri residents.

After this insightful visit, continue driving through spectacular Mae Salong before returning to your hotel in the Golden Triangle/Mae Chan.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Katiliya Mountain Resort to Chiang Rai Airport

Duration0 Minutes

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival airport transfer in Chiang Mai
  • Private departure airport transfer in Chiang Rai
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Chiang Mai
  • 3 nights first-class accommodations in Chiang Rai
  • Private ground transportation by A/C vehicle
  • Private guided tours as per itinerary with English-speaking guide
  • All applicable entrance fees
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1), 1 lunch

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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1 Jun 2021
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