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Chiang Mai Half Day Tours - a selection of tours that can be completed in just half a day around Chiang Mai. They are ideal if you have limited time or they can be combined to make an itinerary.

You may choose to go in the morning or afternoon; although please note that some of the tours are only available in the morning.

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If you do not see anything that suits your interests, then please visit our Customised Itineraries page or Suggested Itineraries page and then E mail us with your questions and requirements.

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Doi Suthep

(ref. CMHD1)

- departs morning 9am, afternoon 1pm

Visit the North of Thailand's most important temple - Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. It is situated approx. 14kms. north-west of Chiang Mai and is about 1,200m above sea level. It is Chiang Mai's most important temple and to reach the building itself you have to climb 190 steps (or you can take the small "cable car"). However, it is well worth the effort. At the top, you are rewarded by the sight of the temple itself, with its large golden stupa, plus an incredible panoramic view of the city of Chiang Mai.

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Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Temples

(ref. CMHD2)

- departs morning 9am, afternoon 1pm

Visit four of the most important temples in the city of Chiang Mai: Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phra Singha, Wat Jed Yot and Wat Suan Dok. You will see some amazing examples of temple architecture and Northern Thai craftsmanship. Your guide will explain the history of each temple and stories related to it.

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Wat Chiang Man


(ref. CMHD3)

- departs         morning 9am, afternoon 1pm

Visit some of the main handicraft centres in the area between Chiang Mai and Sankamphaeng and other locations in and around Chiang Mai. The types of handicrafts in these areas include: silver, lacquerware, silk, wood furniture, and ornaments, saa (mulberry) paper, traditional umbrellas, ceramics and much more. At each place they will have a showroom where you can view and purchase their products.On this tour, if you are interested in any particular kind of products, please tell your guide and he/she can then take you to the locations where they are made.

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Half Day Thai Cookery Course

(ref. CMHD4)

- departs    morning 9.30am

Take a half day Thai Cookery course at the Green Mango Thai Cookery School. The day includes a visit to the market, preparation of curry paste from scratch, explanation of rice preparation & cooking, and the cooking and preparation of three Thai dishes. The course runs daily starting 0930 and menu varies according to day.
Pick up and drop off from/to city hotels and guesthouses is included. You get your own recipe book to take home.
Not to be missed for fans of Thai food & cooking.

Menu depends on day of the week unless you choose a private course.

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Some Thai Ingredients

Mae Sa Elephant Camp

(ref. CMHD5)   

- departs    morning 8.30am  only

Visit the Mae Sa elephant camp, approx. 12kms north of Chiang Mai. You will see a show where the elephants demonstrate some of their many skills. Afterwards you may take a ride on one of the elephants (approx. 1hr). From the elephant camp we go to one of the largest orchid farms in the Mae Sa Valley, where you will see a stunning selection of these beautiful flowers.
(OPTION = elephant riding for 1 hr)

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Mae Sa elephant camp

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

(ref. CMHD6   

- departs    morning 8.30am   only

Visit the Chiang Dao elephant camp, approx. 60kms north of Chiang Mai. You will have time to explore the camp and see many of the elephants and there will be a show where some of them demonstrate their skills.. Then take a ride on an elephant for about 1 1/2 hours to a Lisu hilltribe village. The Lisu are one of the more colourful tribes of Northern Thailand.

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Chiang Dao elephant camp

Ancient City and Wooden Crafts

(ref. CMHD7)

- departs   morning 8.30am afternoon 1pm

This trip first takes you to the ruins of the ancient city of Vieng Kum Kham, on the southern outskirts of Chiang Mai. Here your guide will explain how the history of this place is related to the founder of Chiang Mai and the early history of the area. From here, we continue further south, to Ban Tawai, an area famous for its woodcarving and antique reproductions. You will be able to see a wide range of products, mostly made from wood. Some are antique reproductions and some are more modern designs.

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Vieng Kum Kham

Lamphun Temples

(ref. CMHD8)

- departs   morning 8.30am afternoon 1pm

Visit the town of Lamphun approx. 25kms south of Chiang Mai. The history of this town goes back even further than that of Chiang Mai. Tour around the old area of the city and visit two of the town's most famous temples - Wat Phrathat Haripunchai and Wat Kukut.

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Wat Haripunchai Lamphun



Chiang Mai Trips

Chiang Mai Trips - a variety of itineraries touring Chiang Mai and the surrounding area. Tours and accommodation included. Choose either 3 or 4 star hotels . Or stay in a Thai-Lanna style boutique hotel.

Thai Cookery School


Green Mango Thai Cookery School in Chiang Mai - daily courses in Thai Cookery   @ 900Bt/person

Private classes and half day or evening classes available.

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