Chiang Mai Handicrafts tour
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Chiang Mai is the handicraft capital of Thailand. There is an amazing variety of handicrafts being produced in Chiang Mai and environs. In the morning you will visit the silver and lacquerware neighborhood by samlor (bicycle taxi). In the afternoon you will visit some of the outlying handicrafts such as celadon, wooden elephant carving, umbrellas and parasols as well as a hidden family business producing wooden statues. This is not a shopping tour! At some places you can buy something, at others not. There is no pressure to buy anything during this tour.
Please note: We don’t run this tour on Sunday as very few people will be working on that day.
Chiang Mai Handicrafts tour
Your guide will meet you at your hotel for your Chiang Mai Handicrafts tour. Transfer to Thapae Gate where your bicycle taxi (samlor) is waiting for you. Our tour today will focus mainly on neighbourhoods outside the old city. About 200 years ago people from Chiang Saen and the Chiang Tung area (now Kengtung of Kyaingtong in Shan State in Myanmar) settled. It is an interesting story. Start a relaxing ride through the backstreets of Chiang Mai. First stop will be Wat Loi Kroh, a temple not very often visited by tourists. Chiang Mai used to have an outer wall which is called Kamphaeng Din (earthen wall) by locals. We follow the outer city wall for a while and then head for Wat Nantharam. This temple is in the centre of the lacquerware area. It houses a small lacquerware museum.
Wat Muen and Wat Srisuphan
We will also visit two shops where people still traditionally produce lacquerware. From here we continue to Wat Muen San, the lesser-known “silver temple” of Chiang Mai. We are now in the silver neighbourhood. Two centuries ago, these craft artisans came from Shan State. We visit a silver crafts shop and the small museum in Wat Muen San, which will have some surprises for you. From there we continue to the magnificent Wat Srisuphan with its silver wihan. If you are lucky, you can see silver artisans at work. Continue to the attractive Chiang Mai Gate Market. Here the samlor tour ends. We say goodbye to our drivers. It is time for a refreshment and some exploring of this bustling market before we continue.
Petch Viriya, the elephant woodcarver
We will continue our tour on four wheels instead of three. Drive to Sankamphaeng district where we will have lunch in a typical Northern Thai restaurant. After lunch, we will visit the workshop of the most famous carver of wooden elephants. Petch Viriya’s family originally hails from Muang Yong, now in Shan State in Myanmar. After this, we will visit a factory of bronze statues. These are statues of historical persons, monks as well as of Buddha. Bor Sang is famous for parasols and umbrellas. We will visit one of the smaller establishments that produce beautiful, colourful parasols and umbrellas. It is the last stop of our Chiang Mai Handicrafts tour. We will drive back to Chiang Mai.