Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai Chiang Mai things to see in Chiang Rai

Private tours vs join tours

All our tours are private. This means that our guide and our vehicle are at your service throughout the tour. Private tours are not cheap but if you can afford them, private tours are definitely worth the money. There are, for instance, cheaper ways to visit Doi Inthanon on a day tour than doing it privately. There are so-called join or join-in tours that are usually small group tours up to 9 persons. You will share transportation with others. These other participants have to be picked up from different hotels and dropped off there as well.

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View on Doi Inthanon Kiw Mae Pan Nature Trail

Single travel or traveling alone

Single travel or traveling alone is expensive, especially if you do a private trip. All the tours on this website are private. They have been priced and can be booked from two persons up. The reason is that we don’t recommend private tours if you travel alone. It’s very expensive. Apart from that there are other reasons for which we don’t recommend traveling alone. Although Thailand is a relatively safe country for single travelers safety is always an issue when you are traveling. Traveling alone is also sometimes not that much fun. We can hook you up with others for certain activities.

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Donation trees Salak Yom Festival

Our Day tours

Festivals Tours

There are many festivals in Chiang Mai and North Thailand. Some of these such as Loy Krathong and Songkran are wellknown. Others such as Poy Sang Long and Salak Yom are less known but also worth experiencing. All these festivals are unique events and will make your trip extra special. We do our best to be on top of the scheduling of these events which is not easy. Of many events the dates are different each year. Please check with us if there are any events worth going during your stay.

Morning View on Doi Luang Chiang Dao

Customized Tours

We have more than 20 years experience with designing customized tours in North Thailand and Chiang Mai. All our customized tours are of course private which allows for ultimate flexibility. Guide and vehicle are at your disposal. If you tell us what your interests are we will design a unique program for you. This will allow you to make the best of your experience in North Thailand. We have built up a huge arsenal of itineraries that are at your disposal. We update these itineraries regularly.


What's happening in Chiang Mai

25jul12:00 AMLamphun Lamyai FestivalLongan Festival

01aug12:00 AMAkha Swing FestivalAkha Harvest Festival

22sepAll DaySalak Yom Festival LamphunTrees of Offering

01nov12:00 AMDork Bua Tong FestivalMountains of North Thailand covered with sunflowers

10nov(nov 10)1:00 AM12(nov 12)1:00 AMLoy Krathong FestivalFestival of Light

01jan12:00 AMBo Sang Umbrella FestivalExhibition of umbrellas and parasols

01feb12:00 AMChiang Mai Flower FestivalExhibittion of flowers and orchids

26mar(mar 26)12:00 AM29(mar 29)11:59 PMPoy Sang Long Festival - Wat Ku TaoTraditional Shan Ordination Ceremony

13apr(apr 13)12:00 AM15(apr 15)11:59 PMSongkran FestivalBuddhist New Year

01may12:00 AMPu Sae Ya Sae ceremonyTraditional ceremony



We have hundreds of private tour itineraries in our Chiang Mai a la Carte vault. We have produced these over the years and are adding tours constantly. There is only a selection of these tours on our website. They are presented in shortened descriptions. Upon booking you will receive an extensive and personalised itinerary

We will make sure your tour to Northern Thailand will be an unforgettable and unique experience. We only use a small number of selected guides who are the best in the business.


Chiang Mai a la Carte specializes in private Chiang Mai and North Thailand tours. All our tours can be customized. We can give your visit to this region deserves special “a la carte” treatment.  Chiang Mai a la Carte is always looking for the unique places, small restaurants, lesser-visited markets, hidden temples, special events and meaningful encounters with local people that will make your visit out of the ordinary. We promote national and local festivals that will make your visit extra special. We promote sustainable and responsible practices during our tours.


If you are interested in one or more of our tours, please send us a request form. We will then come back to you within 24 hours with a customized itinerary and quote based on your wishes. We will also check the availability of one of our guides.
Once you have agreed to the itinerary and the quote we will confirm the program and the guide.
Finally we will send you the itinerary in its full form with detailed background information.