About Chiang Mai a la Carte
Chiang Mai a la Carte organises private tours for individuals and groups in North Thailand. We take you to heritage sites and the living heritage of Chiang Mai and North Thailand. Chiang Mai a la Carte offers standard tours but our speciality is customised tours. We have decades of knowledge and experience in North Thailand. Our passion for our region is second to none. Therefore we can bring you to places and let you enjoy experiences that few other companies are able to.
We think that the heritage of Chiang Mai and North Thailand needs more recognition and protection. Chiang Mai a la Carte strives to increase that awareness by identifying heritage sites and living heritage. We are also looking for new living heritage as people create heritage every day. Chiang Mai a la Carte supports the initiative to get Chiang Mai inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Will Chiang Mai become a UNESCO World Heritage?
The initiative to make Chiang Mai a UNESCO World Heritage Site has been launched several years ago. The proposal from Chiang Mai to UNESCO will focus on the Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park and on the Old City and areas around it. A team is working on the content of the proposal which it eventually will submit to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The next deadline for submissions is 1 February 2021. After an evaluation procedure, the World Heritage Committee might inscribe Chiang Mai on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It would be fantastic for Chiang Mai if this happens. We follow this process very closely and will keep you updated.
Heritage Sites of Chiang Mai
Independent of the initiative to get Chiang Mai inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Chiang Mai a la Carte identifies Heritage Sites and Living Heritage of Chiang Mai. We think it is very important to give the status of Heritage Site to places in Chiang Mai. Many of these places don’t get the appreciation or recognition they deserve. This also means that people are not aware of the value of these places and of the importance of preserving them. Examples are the heritage houses on Charoenprathet Road. Some of these houses have been renovated, others are neglected.
The Living Heritage of Chiang Mai
To identify the Living Heritage of Chiang Mai is a lot more difficult than identifying the Heritage Sites. The Living Heritage is everything that is worth preserving other than the Heritages Sites. It is an endless list. Living Heritage is markets, festivals, food, language, textile traditions, art in all its forms, handicrafts, rituals, walking streets, stories, traditions in all its forms, performing arts and so on. A good example of living heritage is the samlor, the traditional bicycle taxi.