Buddhist Almsgiving, Temples Morning Tour in Chiang Mai

Cultural & Theme Tours in Chiang Mai

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Gain insight into the spiritual life of Thai Buddhists in Chiang Mai on this early morning tour with a knowledgeable private guide. Join devotees who provide morning alms to local monks, then climb the staircase to the golden pagodas of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, followed by a private blessing ceremony at the monastery of Wat Umong. Finish with a delicious northern-style noodle dish, complete with coconut milk and spices. Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle are included in your 5-hour private tour.
Depart your Chiang Mai hotel by private minivan in the early morning, arriving at the foothill of Mt Suthep in time to buy offerings and join the locals during the daily almsgiving ceremony. Observe the serene Buddhist procession where dozens of saffron-robed monks walk barefoot through the street collecting food and everyday items. If you’d like, your private guide will help you participate by filling the monks’ alms bowls with rice.Continue by van up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep for a 309-step on the Golden Naga staircase to reach the temple’s golden pagodas. Take in the majestic view over Chiang Mai from the Buddhist monastery, which showcases traditional Thai architecture, richly decorated murals and shrines, and a replica of the Emerald Buddha.Next visit Wat Umong, a 14th-century temple covered in moss and small plants. Walk through its mysterious tunnels to reach a monastery for your own private blessing ceremony with resident Buddhist monks. After taking in the atmospheric sounds of chanting amid flowers, candles and incense, finish your morning with a delicious bowl of khao soy — a classic northern Thai dish combining coconut milk, crispy noodles and plenty of spices that are sure to delight the senses! You're dropped off at your hotel with plenty of time left in your day to continue exploring Chiang Mai on your own.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off Hotel (free pick up within the city center of Chiang Mai, for hotels located outside of the city center an additional transfer charge will be applied, you will be contacted directly for the exact amount depending on the location of your hotel)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Khao Soy noodle lunch
  • Alms for monks

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)


  • All entrance fees included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour