This tour provided by ASIA DMC is really interesting due to the use of a famous type of local transport called “Song Taew”, a type of passenger vehicle adapted from a pick-up truck and used as a shared taxi or minibus.
This tour brings visitors around Chiang Mai in Thai style while hitting some major city sites such as Wat Ket Karam, one of the 300 temples existing within the city, founded around 1428 and heavily influenced by Lanna architectural practices. The museum across the footbridge contains a remarkable collection of mainly religious objects, but there are also secular elements such as old currency, weapons, household items, and a great collection of photos of old Chiang Mai.
Participants also have the option of participating in a creative workshop of painting your own elephant replica statue at the Elephant Parade House located next to the temple. While painting, you will also learn about the Asian elephants and the work that ‘The Asian Elephant Foundation’ is doing to save these magnificent but misused and mistreated animals.
The afternoon consists of visiting a local fruit and flower market, the 3 Kings monument, and the not- to- be -missed Lanna Folklife Museum. This museum, which recreates the Lanna village life in a series of life-size dioramas, is set inside a Thai-colonial style former Provincial Court.
Relax with a coffee in a traditional Chiang Mai style house before exploring many other old temples dotting the area. The evening finishes with a famous Northern Thai dinner, “Khao Soi”, or “yellow noodles”, before returning to your hotel by Song Taew.