Chiang Mai: Markets, Monks and Mouthwatering Snacks
In Chiang Mai, we like to take travelers see the less-visited side of the city.
We make an early start to arrive at Somphet Market at 6.30 am. Clients experience a traditional market with fresh vegetables, fruit, fruit-shakes, spices, cooked chicken, fish, sweets, coffee and other food items on offer. Visitors probably haven’t seen most of these products before, so our guide will help them sample some typical Thai snacks and appetizers. Strolling around the market we will see several monks doing their alms rounds. Guests can give them a small donation of food, as is the Thai custom.
We enjoy our breakfast and take a songtaew to the riverfront and – much larger – Worarot Market. Be ready for colorful flowers, unfamiliar smells and friendly crowds. Nearby textiles, hill tribe clothes, silks, hats and beads can be found as well. From the market we go to Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, from where we will continue by samlor (or rickshaw).
During this cyclo part, we can stop at whichever temple we choose. We discover for example Wat Chiang Man, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh temples. The last temple we definitely make a stop at is Wat Suandok so that we can meet one of the residential monks. He is well educated and speaks English, so we can have a chat with him.
Afterwards, clients can either return to the hotel or continue exploring the old city on their own.
If you like to get an idea of how The Phuket News reporter Claire experienced this tour, read her article.
The tour includes: services of an English-speaking guide, transport as described, snacks, alms, and donations to the monk.
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