Chiang Mai Temple Tours | Day Excursions & Travel Packages


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Welcome to Chiang Mai, a city that blends ancient intrigue with modern flair. Nestled in the lush hills of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a gorgeous treasure trove of over 300 ethereal temples, where stories of the past are woven around centuries-old architecture.

The temples testify to Thailand’s colorful culture and customs as well as the country’s unconquered history. Its values are demonstrated in the unique essence of this amazing city. Chiang Mai is unquestionably one of the best places to visit in Thailand. Tour Chiang Mai to experience all the magic this city has to offer.


  • Get to know the city’s rich history
  • Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes the city has to offer
  • Experience spectacular views and natural scenery

Know before you book:

  • Be mindful of cultural etiquette when visiting temples
  • Make sure you pack modest clothing for exploring the temples
  • Each tour offers something different, so look through what’s available


bells dol suthep

There are a host of Chiang Mai tour package options to explore the wealth of temples in the city. Each tour offers perks and extras, from seeing the Bua Tong waterfall near the Doi Suthep temple or Wat Chiang Dao temple’s caves to visiting villages and markets. Any of these options would be a great addition to your Thailand itinerary.

Beyond the temples, adventurous souls can trek through Doi Inthanon National Park, home to Thailand’s highest peak and Doi Suthep temple. Discover the city through traditional dance performances and indulge in tantalizing local cuisine.

Explore the kaleidoscopic markets like the Night Bazaar, a savoring experience of color and flavor, or immerse yourself in the local culture at the busy Warorot Market. Here, the aroma of spices and the vibrant tapestry of goods envelop your senses.

Chiang Mai Tour Prices

The cost of tours starts at about 488 Thai Baht ($14 USD) and can go up to 3657 Thai Baht ($105). Pricing depends on the length of the tour, the type of transport you choose, and what extras are included in the tour.

Tours in Chiang Mai Times

The temples’ opening and closing times vary. Most open early at around 6 am and close as it gets dark, between 6 pm and 8 pm, depending on the time of year. Some temples are open at night, so if you choose to go on a night tour, you’ll be able to experience them by candlelight.

Wat Phra Times:

Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm

Wat Chedi Luang Times:

Monday – Sunday: 5 am – 10 pm

Best Time to Go on Chiang Mai Excursions

The best time to visit Chiang Mai’s temples is during the dry season (November- February). Even though it’s winter, the weather is pleasant and comfortable. It is also the peak season, so expect some crowds if you go during this time.

tuk tuks in chiang mai

10 Best Temples in Chiang Mai

Visiting Chiang Mai’s many temples is one of the top things to do in Thailand. We’ve listed the most popular temples to add to your temple tour:

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Wat Chedi Luang
  • Wat Phra Singh
  • Wat Suan Dok
  • Wat Umong
  • Wat Phra That Doi Kham
  • Wat Sri Suphan
  • Wat Chiang Man
  • Wat Lok Moli
  • Wat Phan Tao

Top Chiang Mai Tour Packages

Choosing a tour may understandably be daunting, so here are some of the best Chiang Mai tours available:

Sunrise Tour of Doi Suthep Temple

doi suthep interior

Embark on an early morning tour to see the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple in all its glory. Experience the serene spirituality of the temple without the bustling crowds.

You’ll also experience the enchantment of the sun coming up over Chiang Mai from the highest point in the city. The tour includes a former monk who’ll enlighten you on Thai culture and Buddhist customs as you wander in awe.

Dont miss out on the mouthwatering authentic Thai breakfast where you can feast on Pad Thai, Khao Soi, and other Thai breakfast options.

What we liked: Great for those wanting to avoid the crowds

  • Authentic Thai breakfast
  • Bottled water
  • Experienced guide
  • Hotel pick up/drop off
  • All fees
  • Airconditioned transport

  • Gratuities
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Quad bike safari

Located on the Doi Suthep mountain, this temple has 309 steps to the top. Notice the intricate Naga serpent statues carved along the way and accents of delicate gold plating, as well as paintings, figures, and murals inside.

Stand beneath the gold pagoda and feel at peace as the chanting of monks swirls around you in the early morning air on this 5-hour tour.

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Full Day Tour From Chiang Mai – Including the Long Neck Hill Tribe

white temple in chiang mai

This tour is jam-packed with fantastic experiences and includes a visit to the Blue and White temples. Extras include seeing a Karen Long Neck Village, the Mai Khachan Hot Spring, the Baan Dam Museum, and the glorious Golden Triangle.

The tour encompasses a showing of some of Chiang Mai’s temples and epic extras that will make the day unforgettable. This is an excellent option if you only have a few days and want to fit in as much as possible while you tour Chiang Mai.

What we liked: Perfect for those with limited time in the city

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Admission fees to the White Temple
  • Lunch
  • Boat trip fees and tax to the Laos border

  • Gratuities
  • Tips and personal expenses

This full day tour brings together 6 to 8 hours of some of the best Chiang Mai has to offer. The excursion starts at the Mai Khachan Hot Springs, where you can shop, soak in the hot springs, and enjoy a snack. Move on to the White Temple, a privately owned art gallery in the style of a temple.

The Golden Triangle and the Blue Temple are up next. Take note of the modern finishes, intricate carvings, and unforgettable blue facade.

The afternoon brings a visit to a famous Karen Long Neck village, where you’ll be amazed by the culture and history behind the people’s brass rings. End the day with a look at the Baan Dam Museum, a truly unique piece of architecture and eclectic design.

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Night Tour By Tuk Tuk – Temples and Street Food

couple on a tuk tuk tour

This tour is best suited for night owls and those who want to fit as much as they can into their trip. Experience the city at night on a private night tour on an iconic tuk-tuk. The tour includes visiting two of Chiang Mai’s most famous temples, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh Wora Maha Wihan.

Step into the past and learn about the legends of the city’s founding at the Three Kings Monument. Then, indulge in Thailand’s world-famous street food at Warorot Market.

What we liked: Experience the city at night, along with a fun tuk tuk ride

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off at Chiang Mai’s old town
  • Driver
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Night tour in a tuk tuk

  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees (90 THB)

Your journey begins at the magnificent Wat Chedi Luang, a 700-year-old temple also known as the “Temple of the Big Stupa”. Visitors will marvel at the intricate Lanna-inspired designs and the Emerald Buddha replica.

Next, you’ll be intrigued by the stories of the city’s founders at the Three Kings Monument. You’ll move on to the 14th-century Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan temple, embellished by its beautiful gardens and guilded decor.

The tour ends at the busy Warorot or Muang Mai Market, a vibrant commercial hub. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you browse through various products, from fresh produce to street food to sparkling jewelry.

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Doi Suthep Temple and Sticky Waterfall Tour

sticky waterfall visit on a chiang mai temple tour

Hidden in the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park; the Doi Suthep temple is one of Chiang Mai’s most well-known. The sparkling golden Pagoda is unmissable as it reflects sunlight in an aura-like fashion, and the temple houses a relic of Lord Buddha as well.

The Bua Tong Waterfall is a unique and exhilarating experience. Nestled in a verdant cocoon, this waterfall has special qualities that have earned it an iconic status in Chiang Mai.

What we liked: A lovely opportunity to cool off with a fun visit to the Bua Tong waterfall

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Chiang Mai city
  • Lunch and water
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Snacks
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide and driver

  • Personal expenses
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to buy)

This tour is the perfect combination of architecture and nature because the temple is built atop a mountain. After a scenic trip up the winding mountain roads, those who can’t manage the walk up the 309 steps will enjoy the cable car to the top, especially if you’re traveling with kids.

The scenery from the top is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can get some fantastic Insta-worthy pictures from the balcony. You can bask in the serene spirituality and receive a blessing from one of the temple’s monks.

The last leg of the tour will bring you to the Bua Tong waterfall. Known for its clear water and sticky limestone structure, you can take a dip and cool off or walk around enjoying the lush surroundings.

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FAQs About Chiang Mai Day Tours

This guide has broken down a lot of information on the tours available to see the temples in Chiang Mai. Here are some answers to the most asked questions to help you plan your tour in Chiang Mai.

What Currency Is Used in Chiang Mai?

The Thai Baht is used in Chiang Mai. You can swipe cards in most places around the city but keep cash for smaller areas and shops. ATMs can be found all over in hotels, banks, and shopping malls.

What Is the Best Way to Get Around Chiang Mai?

There are a few ways to get around Chiang Mai. However, the most cost-effective ways are by tuk-tuk or shared taxis. You can also use private taxis and cars, which may be faster, but these are more costly. We would advise against driving yourself around due to the chaotic nature of the roads.

What Local Food Should You Try In Chiang Mai?

Thai food is one of the most popular in the world. Don’t miss out on authentic dishes like Khao Soi, a noodle soup with rich flavors of coconut and spice. It’s made with a protein like lamb, beef, or chicken and two types of yellow noodles.

Is It Safe to Travel in Chiang Mai?

Chiang Mai is relatively safe for tourists. There are a few things to be wary of. Petty crime is moderate here due to the volume of travelers. Keep your valuables secure, and only carry as much as you need for the day.

Road safety is also a concern. Accidents are common, especially with motorbikes.

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Editor's Review
All the tours on offer showcase Chiang Mai’s deep spirituality and exciting history. Each creates a captivating and memorable experience, immersing tourists in the city’s blended beauty.
  • A wide variety of tours
  • Flexibility
  • Most provide a meal or the opportunity to purchase a meal on the tour
  • Not catered for those with mobility difficulties
  • Most tours are limited to the most popular temples

Specification: Chiang Mai Temple Tours | Day Excursions & Travel Packages


Not wheelchair accessible or for mobility impaired


Dependent on the tour selected


Extras, Pickup/ Drop off


Gratuities, Personal expenses


Included on most tours


Included on most tours

Suited for

Solo travelers, couples, kids

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