The Samlors, living heritage of Chiang Mai
Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 0800. Meet your samlor drivers at 0830 at Wat Loi Kroh for your Chiang Mai Food Tour and Temple Tour. Without much further ado, we start our tour. It will be a mouthwatering trip. This morning we will entirely focus on traditional food and drink. Nothing else is on our mind than eating and drinking.
Our traditional bicycle taxis will bring us to markets, food stalls and restaurants that offer a bewildering variety of snacks and drinks. We have selected several snacks and drinks for you to taste but also made sure that you will not feel stuffed after the tour. Walks are included on the markets and at other places to make it an active trip as well. You will not only be sitting in your samlor!
A great Chiang Mai Food Tour!
We are in Chiang Mai but some of what you will taste this morning has its origins in India, China, Vietnam and Burma. In that respect, this tour is also a bit of a history lesson. Over the centuries migrants brought their favourite specialities to Chiang Mai. More than anything else, the local food scene shows Chiang Mai’s diversity.
There is a story behind each snack or drink. Of course, typical Chiang Mai snacks are also on the menu. At each stop, we take our time. At some places, you will see delicious snacks prepared in front of you. There is plenty of time for interaction with the sellers and for pictures. We will also buy our picnic lunch that we will enjoy the Monk’s Trail. Before we finish the tour at Wat Loi Kroh, you will enjoy a glass of Burmese medicinal tea from a shop that opened its doors more than 100 years ago. At around 1230 the tour will end at Wat Loi Kroh where your vehicle is waiting for you.
The Monk’s Trail on Doi Suthep
We briefly visit Wat Umong, an unusual temple with a great atmosphere. “Umong” means tunnel in the Thai language. There are a couple of tunnels, hence the name. We continue to the start of our short hike. The famous Monk’s Trail is an old trekking trail, used before they constructed the road from Chiang Mai Zoo to the stairs leading to Doi Suthep Temple.
Followers of the Monk Kruba Srivichai built the road that was officially opened on April 30, 1935. We only hike the first part of the trail that leads to the small forest temple Wat Palad (sometimes spellt as Wat Palat or Wat Pha Lat). Along the way, we will eat our snacks/lunch. Along the way, there are some beautiful views of the city. The hike is not steep and will not take more than 45 mins. At Wat Palad our vehicle will wait for us to bring us to Wat Doi Suthep, without a doubt the most famous and revered temple of Chiang Mai.
The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the temple on the mountain
This temple is Chiang Mai’s must-see temple. We will arrive there in the late afternoon when most people are leaving. We recommend you to walk up the 300 steps. Take your time. Your guide will explain the history of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. You can make some offerings at the temple. Doi Suthep is considered a sacred mountain by the people of Chiang Mai. Views from the temple are magnificent if the skies are clear. We will spend time here before we descend. At the bottom of the mountain, we will stop briefly to pay our respects to Kruba Srivichai, the “patron saint” of the North. Then we head back to the hotel. We hope you enjoyed our Chiang Mai Food and Temple tour.