The Rose of the North, Chiang mai, is a wonderful provincial city with a history more than 700 years old. The city of Chiang Mai has an abundance of beautiful and historic Buddhist temples and this tour takes in the most interesting.
One of the highlights is a visit to the 600 year-old temple of Wat Pra That Doi Suthep, near the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain. After a drive up the mountains winding road, the final climb to the site is via a magnificent Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase of 306 steps. Inside is an intriguing copper-plated Chedi topped by a five-tier gold umbrella which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai.
After descending via the serpentine road down to Chiang Mai and the continuation of our tour, we pass by the citys biggest markets, the Talat Warorod before we head to two other impressive temples. The Wat chedi luang is one of these you cannot skip; once the home of the famous Emerald Buddha it has become of the more revered temples in Chiang Mai. This temple once had the tallest Chedi (temple spire) until an earthquake in the 15th century toppled the upper section. Today, it towers 60 meter high.Finally, we end our half day tour at the Wat phra singh, housing a very sacred 1,500 years old Buddha image. Wat Pra Singh or Monastery of the Lion Lord, founded in the 14th century to house the ashes of King Kham Fu and serve as the principal religious center of the Lanna Kingdom. The complex is composed of several buildings of varying architectural and artistic merit that form the most famous temple in Chiang Mai. Return back to your downtown Chiang Mai hotel.