About Chiang Mai a la Carte

Chiang Mai a la Carte offers unusual short and long tours in North Thailand. Chiang Mai is our base so we specialize in Chiang Mai day tours and tours that support the samlor community of Chiang Mai. North Thailand has many great destinations such as Doi Angkhang, Doi Wawee, Phrae, Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Saen, Mae Sariang and Mae Hong Son that overseas visitors overlook. We are proud to offer tours to those places that are relatively untouched by tourism and deserve more visitors. We like off-the-beaten-track destinations and avoid mass tourism.

Customization is our strength. We have lots of experience with crafting customized itineraries that are just a bit different from the mainstream trips. We do a lot of research and make field trips. It is all about passion for traveling, learning and meeting people, after all!

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Chiang Mai a la Carte

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” Robert Frost (1874-1963)

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Kachin people, Chiang Dao

Recommended Tours

These are images of a samlor trip for guests of the 137 Pillars House this morning. We are still organizing these trips almost on a daily basis to support the drivers and to preserve the samlor, the traditional bicycle taxi, in Chiang Mai. There are now only about 25 samlors left in Chiang Mai, so you have to book your trip well in advance. ... See MoreSee Less
I took these pictures before the fantastic parade. It was a wonderful day! Thanks, Chiang Mai! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our adventure brand Green Trails

Our partner Green Trails

We offer cultural, historical, and experiential tours. If you are looking for more adventurous and active tours, please visit the website of our sister brand Green Trails. Green Trails offers active trekking, cycling, and rafting tours in North Thailand. The site also contains lots of information about the ethnic minorities (hill tribes) of North Thailand. Green Trails also offers educational tours for schools and universities.

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Green Trails

Handcrafted Authentic Adventures in Chiang Mai
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Samlor tours


We want to preserve the samlor as Chiang Mai Heritage

Since 2016 we have offered samlor (bicycle taxi) tours to support the last remaining drivers of Chiang Mai. There used to be hundreds of them on the streets of Chiang Mai. Just as in other cities in South East Asia motorized traffic has pushed the samlor to the brink of extinction. We hope that a new generation of drivers will take over and you can help us. Please join of our tours. You won’t regret it!

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Chiang Mai UNESCO World Heritage



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Tourists hiking Things to do Mae Hong Son Attractions

Customized Tours

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


Customized Tours




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About Chiang Mai a la Carte

We specialize in designing and organizing customized private tours in Chiang Mai and North Thailand. We want to show you the culture and history of this region and create the opportunity for you to meet the people of the North and learn about their daily lives.

This website offers a wide range of day and multiple-day tours. All these tours are based on thorough research. We update the itineraries continuously.

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Customized Experiences

Chiang Mai a la Carte gives your visit to this region a special “a la carte” treatment.

We are always looking for 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.

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How to Book a Tour

If you are interested in one of our customized tours, please send us a request form. We will return to you within 24 hours with a customized itinerary and quote based on your wishes.

Once you have agreed to the itinerary and the quote, we will confirm the program.
Finally, we will send you the itinerary in its full form with detailed background information.