Chiang Mai Walking Tour offers the chance to explore Chiang Mai on foot. There are such sights to discover as the first church of Chiang Mai, Healing Family Foundation, The temple museum at Wat Ket, Warorot Market and Ton Lamyai Markets…
Chiang Mai Walking Tour offers the chance to explore Chiang Mai on foot. There are such sights to discover as the first church of Chiang Mai, Healing Family Foundation, The temple museum at Wat Ket, Warorot Market and Ton Lamyai Markets, Chinatown and Chinese pagodas, Ban Haw Mosque, Beautiful Lanna style teakwooden houses.
Our guide will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Transportation today will be by local transportation. First stop will be Christian Church of Chiang Mai, founded in 1968 by missionaries. We have some great old pictures of the church and of the old Nawarat Bridge before it was demolished in 1965 and made way for the current bridge. We cross Charoen Muang road and compare the current situation to pictures of more than 50 years ago. From here we follow Charoenrat Road to Wat Ket. We pass some beautiful old shophouses. We will visit the Healing Family Foundation where physically handicapped people make beautiful souvenirs to make a living. At Wat Ket we visit the fascinating temple museum. From here we proceed to one of the Sikh Gurdwaras in Chiang Mai. A Gurdwara is a Sikh place of worship.
We get into tuk tuks to bring us to the Warorot Market, just across the Ping River. It’s only a short ride. Warorot Market is also known as Kad Luang. This fantastic market never ceases to amaze us. Kad Luang as well as the adjoining Ton Lamyai Market was completely destroyed in a disastrous fire in 1968. Your guide will show you pictures of this disaster. The area around Kad Luang is the Chinatown of Chiang Mai. We will visit two Chinese pagodas and wander around the most interesting markets of Chiang Mai. It is really a feast for the eye….and for the stomach. We will taste some of the local delicacies before we visit the oldest Chinese pharmacy of Chiang Mai.
We continue our walk to the Chinese Muslim area Ban Haw. Here we will visit the Ban Haw Mosque and enjoy a bowl of traditional Khao Soi in one of our favorite restaurant. We continue through Charoenprathet Road and stop at two remarkable teakwooden buildings, each with its own story. We end our walking tour at a magnificent 145-year old teakwooden Lanna style house. You will be transferred back to your hotel. End of the program.
Chiang Mai private tours
Lotussia Travel partners with best Thai local tour operator to provide a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Thailand. Options include countryside cycle, biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, street food, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – Chiang Mai Walking Tour is only a sample that can be further customized to fit your requirements better. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
International travel insurance.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.