Private Mae Ping River Cruise

5 HoursEnglish


  • Experience local life in Chiang Mai, from offering alms to slurping soup
  • Cruise the Mai Ping River in a longtail boat and see local life unfold along its banks
  • Explore the vibrant markets of Chiang Mai, including the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market


Our Chiang Mai city tour adventure will begin by exploring the Warorot Market, one of the largest markets in Chiang Mai. Almost everything is for sale here from food to clothing to hill tribe crafts. At the market, you'll have plenty of time to taste and sample local specialties before moving on to the Ton Lam Yai Flower Market, overflowing with colorful, fresh cut flowers.

Next, we’ll take a songthaew to Wat Chai Mongkol, a magnificent temple that was built on the banks of the Mae Ping River. Take part in a local Buddhist practice by offering alms to monks and learning about other interesting religious traditions.

Then it’s time to take a cruise up the Mae Ping River, one of the main rivers in northern Thailand and the lifeline of Chiang Mai. Our Mae Ping River cruise will reveal villages and rural life played out on the river shores, and your guide will offer insight into local livelihood and history throughout the journey.

Next, on our Chiang Mai tour we'll enjoy a sumptuous Khao Soi lunch at a local farmer’s house. This noodle dish is often made with chicken or beef, served over Chinese egg noodles, and garnished with shallots, cilantro, pickled mustard greens, fried whole chilies, and a squeeze of lime juice. It's totally delicious, and a must-try food in Chiang Mai!

After lunch, we'll visit a garden to learn about local vegetables, herbs, and the medicinal properties of plants, before returning to Chiang Mai by cruise back. This is where our Chiang Mai city tour will come to an end, and you're free to continue exploring Chiang Mai at your leisure.

Additional information

Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, local lunch, Monk offering, entrance fees, transportation, tour pick up.

Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for drivers or guide.

Dress standard: Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. This trip visits religious sites, please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered.

Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.

Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher. If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Schedule details

Duration: 4-5 hours
Pickup location: Centrally located hotels in Chiang Mai (within a 5 km radius of Tapae Gate)
Pickup time: 8.30 AM-9.00 AM
Drop off location: Wat Chai Monkol temple; from there, your guide can help you to secure local transportation back to your hotel


  • Transfer included
  • Private activity
  • Operated by a company
  • Fixed time
  • Meal included: Local lunch
per adult
per child

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