11 Best Day Trips from Chiang Mai You Can Book Today
Now that you know what Chiang Mai has to offer and what to look for when choosing the best day trip tours– let’s jump into the round up!
1. Chiang Mai Street Food Tour
The first on my list of day trips from Chiang Mai is an evening street food tour. The city of Chiang Mai is packed with food stalls at every turn, and that is especially the case with their bustling night markets.
You will start this food tour with a local guide who will take you to two separate local night markets. Both of these night markets contain mouthwatering and flavorful Thai dishes. You will be given a leaflet with information on the tastiest and most popular cuisine in the area.
In addition to all of the characteristics above, I think the best aspect of this tour is that it is a small group tour. This gives you a great opportunity to ask your guide as many questions as you want.
Overall, this is one of the best food tours in Chiang Mai. The fact it is in a small group makes it a great option for experiencing Thai food culture.
Travel tip: Chiang Mai is renowned for its unique Thai cuisine, blending local flavors with foreign influences, as noted by James Williams at Food & Travel Mag. I recommend trying Khao Soi as a must. This is a creamy coconut Northern Thai curry soup. The above food tour includes a visit to one of my personal favorite Khao Soi shops at the Night Markets.
2. Chiang Rai Temples Group Tour
Chiang Rai is Thailand’s other major Northern City, and in my opinion, a must-visit if you’re exploring the northern regions.
It is home to Wat Rong Khun after all, and this stunning white temple is one of the most impressive in all of Thailand.
You will start the tour in the early morning hours of 7 am. This is honestly a great time for this tour to start, especially considering it is 14 hours long meaning you won’t arrive back until around 9 pm at night.
After meeting your local tour guide you will journey for a one-and-a-half-hour road trip until you reach the first stop, which is a local hot spring. Here, you can dip your feet and chill out for a quarter of an hour, before heading back into the van for another one-and-a-half-hour drive to Chiang Rai.
There are plenty of sights you will cover during this tour, and that isn’t limited to just the famous temple of Wat Rong Khun. After seeing the white temple, it is time to journey to Wat Rong Suea Ten, also known as the Blue Temple.
This was home to what was once one of Thailand’s popular ancient temples. Its colorful design is both mesmerizing and inspiring for those who appreciate architecture.
Another feature of this tour that I appreciate is the ability to customize it and make it private. If you pay a little bit extra, you can not only upgrade your vehicle but also the destinations on the tour itself. I always value customization when it comes to the tour itinerary, which is why I recommended this one.
Instead of seeing the Blue Temple, you are able to see the Golden Triangle which borders Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. This is a pleasant alternative option for those interested, and it is a perfect place for those history lovers out there.
Are you thinking about booking a trip to Chiang Rai?
If so, don’t forget about this great day trip as it covers many of the most popular locations in Northern Thailand.
Travel tip: During my time in Northern Thailand, I decided to stay in Chiang Rai. If you have time, I recommend doing this, as there are many waterfalls and epic hiking trails in this region.