Chiang Mai History and Culture Tour

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Explore  Chiang Mai Then and now culture by tradtional bicycle taxi (samlor), bicycle and local taxi (songtaew). Today you will visit some of the most interesting and seldom visited historical sites of Chiang Mai as well as two bustling markets full of living culture.



Chiang Mai Tourists bargaining with samlors

Tourists bargaining with samlors

Chiang Mai History and Culture Tour

Your guide will meet you at the hotel for your Chiang Mai History and Culture Tour by bike and samlor. Transportation today will be by samlor (traditional bicycle taxi), bicycle and songtaew (Chiang Mai’s primary public vehicle). Drive to Wat Loi Kroh where are our samlors are waiting. The samlor is a traditional bicycle taxi. Each person will have his/her samlor. We ride past the former outer city wall to our first stop: the Lanna Ancient House. After this, we cross the famous Iron Bridge to the east side of the Ping River. We will visit the First Christian Church, founded in 1867 by American reverend Daniel McGilvary.

Next stop will be the Sanpakoy Market, where we will stop for a while. Here we will have a drink and a snack. We will then continue our ride through backstreets to Wat Kate, a temple that houses a fascinating museum. Say goodbye to your samlor driver. After this visit we will cross the Chansom Anusorn Memorial foot Bridge to the Kad Luang Market, consisting of the Warorot and Ton Lam Yai markets. You will hear the story of the devasting 1968 fire that destroyed these markets. We will have lunch at the market with khao soi, a typical Northern Thai dish before we meet our driver.


Gymkhana Club, McKean and Wiang Kum Kam

After lunch, we continue to McKean Rehabilitation Center by songtaew. On the way, we stop briefly at the Gymkhana Club for a drink. The club was founded in 1898 by members of the international community. Most of them found their last resting place at the Foreign Cemetery. American missionary Dr James W. McKean founded this centre in 1908 as a leper colony. The ruler of Chiang Mai donated the land. McKean has many historical sites and an interesting museum. McKean is now a rehabilitation centre for elderly and physically disabled people after leprosy became a curable disease.

We will walk around before we start biking. McKean is excellent for cycling as there is almost no traffic on this beautiful compound that with many 100-year old trees. It is a relaxing and enjoyable ride until we reach Wiang Kum Kam, the “Atlantis of Chiang Mai”. Wiang Kum Kam was the first settlement in this area and pre-dates Chiang Mai. We cycle through this ruined city and visit some of the ruins until we end our trip at Wat Chedi Liam, a beautiful and characteristic temple. You will board our songtaew that will bring you back to your hotel. It is the end of your Chiang Mai History and Culture Tour by bike and samlor.

Wiang Kum Kam ruins of Wat Pu Pia

Wiang Kum Kam Wat Pu Pia