Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai

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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving and Temples Tour in Chiang Mai
from USD $105.04
Gain insight into the spiritual life of Thai Buddhists in Chiang Mai on this early morning tour with a knowledgeable private guide. Join devotees who provide morning alms to local monks, then climb the staircase to the golden pagodas of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, followed by a private blessing ceremony at the monastery of Wat Umong. Finish with a delicious northern-style noodle dish, complete with coconut milk and spices. Hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle are included in your 5-hour private tour.
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In Brief

Chiang Mai, Thailand
5 hours
All entrance fees included
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Great overview and orientation of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Doi Suthep 50200 Thailand

Take a closer look at Chiang Mai’s rich traditions with an early morning tour with monks

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Wat Umong, 135 Moo 10 Suthep Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

this sacred temple contains a network of mysterious tunnels and caves. In one of these quiet corners, receive a special blessing from a local monk.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Alms for monks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off Hotel (free pick up within the city center of Chiang Mai, for hotels located outside of the city center an additional transfer charge will be applied, you will be contacted directly for the exact amount depending on the location of your hotel)
  • Khao Soy noodle lunch
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Entry/Admission - Wat Umong


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please Note: Surcharges apply for pickup and/or drop-off from hotels out of Chiang Mai City Centre.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • It is recommended to pack a breakfast or snack to eat until lunchtime
  • Please Note: This tour may be operated by a multilingual guide, however language options are subject to availability and will cost an additional surcharge. Please contact the tour operator directly prior to tour departure
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Please note that dress codes are conservative for this tour; modest and respectful clothing that covers the shoulders and knees is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide Aittippol Keelawong was the best! We received a confirmation call the day before alerting us to inform the hotel to prepare a breakfast box for our early morning departure which we assumed we would have just skipped breakfast. He arrived promptly at the scheduled time with Excellent English Skills.He was very informative explaining not only the alms giving but the history of the Temple. It was nice having him explain the food at lunch. Overall excellent tour made enjoyable by a great tour guide!
• Submitted 05 Nov 2018
One of the best tours I have ever been on. Massive thank you to Pat
• Submitted 21 Sep 2018
spent 4 days 3 nights in ChingMai. Day 1 arriving in early afternoon, sign up for a cooking school that night. Joined this morning tour on Day 2, and went for zip line in the afternoon. Went for a performance dinner at night at Mandarin Oriental. Day 3 signed up for a full day tour to Ching Rai black, white and blue temples. Day 4 just wondering in the resort, city, spa and heading to airport. It is an unforgettable experience.
• Submitted 21 Jul 2018
I am glad I chose this tour to see Wat Doi Suthep. While there are a lot of tours that will take you to the top of the mountain and the temple, it was really nice to get there early in the morning before the crowds arrived. There were only a few people meandering around when we got there, so it made it easy to get nice pictures and be able to reflect a bit in the quiet surroundings as the guide explained the meaning of the different statues. The giving of alms and the visit to the meditation spot were also nice and the guide was very open and informative and explained many aspects of the Buddhist beliefs and practices. After a quick late breakfast, I was back to my hotel by 10:00 which gave me plenty of time for other activities.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
Nice tour. My only complaint is that I was thee only person on my tour and the guide seemed unwilling to adjust his routine to accommodate me. I am a practicing Buddhist and would have liked to have had more time for prayer and reflection.
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
Una experiencia única, ser parte del día a día como un tailandés, estuvo fuera de serie. No importó madrugar. Nuestro guía excelente persona. Lo recomiendo
• Submitted 10 Jan 2018
Absolutely Fabulous! Our tour guide Aittipol Keelawong was the best! Very thorough and considerate.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
This was an amazing tour! Our guide was so knowledgeable and also had lots of experience to share from his times staying at Buddhist monasteries. The lunch of Khao Soy was amazing and delicious. My father and I had a great time on this tour!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2018
Our guide Sam was awesome! Learned so much from him about the history and culture at both temples we had the pleasure to visit. Getting to give the monks our offering and be able to see and be apart of the process was a once in a lifetime experience. We were blessed by one of the monks and received Sai Sin bracelets. We also went to a local restaurant and had some amazing lunch. Great tour if you really want to get the temple experience and want to be able to ask questions to someone who speaks English.
• Submitted 04 Dec 2017
Simply put, the tour was amazing and it was a highlight of our vacation. Our guide, Ping, was incredibly personable and his knowledge of the monk rituals and temple history made every stop we made more meaningful. I mentioned to Ping that we would probably visit Wat Pha Lat, as love photographing old architecture. he was incredibly flexible in making the stop there, as well as adjusting our visits to older temples. Finally, the stop at a well regarded Khao soy restaurant was a delicious ending to our wonderful day. It was a special experience to give alms with a local community. I highly recommend this tour and thank Ping and his driver for a fantastic day.
• Submitted 21 Nov 2017
We loved this tour!! We had the opportunity to give alms to the monks and to visit the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple. Our guide, Preecha was the best, he explained us everything and has ample knowledge about Thailand's history and Buddhism. Highly recommended.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
I was traveling solo, so this was a private tour. Very interesting to learn more about the Bhuddist monk culture from a former monk. He made sure that I understood their lives and some of their customs. He also took a ton of pictures of me and ensured I had a great experience. It was a great day out. Driver was nice and did a great job! Lunch was tasty as well!
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
This was a lovely experience of true culture. It was very spiritual. Our tour guide provided lots of history of the culture and of the Buddhist Almsgiving and the temples. After we experienced the monks, our tour included Doth Sep. It truly was a very nice tour, and it was very early but it left us the rest of the day to do some other things. .
• Submitted 04 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2017
A highlight of our trip!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
This was a wonderful tour.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
We really enjoyed our time with Sam and our driver apologies, I do not remember his name. Sam is extremely knowledgeable of the Chiang Mai area, very personable, and really let us enjoy the temples and sceneries. Definitely get to the temples early to avoid the tourist horde! Lunch was also a highlight with our meal of khao soi, chicken rice, and chicken satay sticks.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2017
This tour was incredible, we had a really well-informed and friendly guide who explained each element of what we were seeing and experiencing. She also filled us in on epic extra gems, like where to get some of the best coffee and treats in Chiang Mai. Another reason we enjoyed this more than any other temple tour is because you get to these locations much earlier than the general hordes. Makes for a much more peaceful and introspective experience. Also, ate some of the best khao soi in Northern Thailand! Cannot recommend this tour enough.
• Submitted 01 Aug 2017
A lovely early morning trip. This was a very special and unique opportunity and was so nice to beat the crowds and have the area almost completely to ourselves. Our guide was very knowledgeable and tailed the trip to what we wanted to see and learn.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2017
This tour was one of the highlights of our trip! Our tour guide Pat was so knowledgeable and kind. She is great at taking photographs as well! Highly recommend.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2017
Absolutely wonderful and beautiful experience. Pat, our tour guide, was a doll and great photographer. She was very polite and extremely knowledgeable about Chiang Mai history and Thai culture. I would do this all over again. Thanks a million Pat !!
• Submitted 28 Jun 2017
Just superb and unforgettable
• Submitted 25 May 2017
We were looking forward to this tour and were not disappointed! Max, our guide, and Ray, our driver, were fantastic! Max was excellent at explaining the devotional practices of the monks and the history behind the Doi Suthep and Wat Umong temples and more recent information on Thailand and Chiang Mai. We didn't get the blessing in Wat Umong, but were blessed by the monks after alms giving. The khao soy was delicious and we were glad that the servers were women in rehabilitation. Ray drove carefully on the winding road to Mt. Suthep and we didn't get car sick. We highly recommend this trip!
• Submitted 16 Mar 2017
Learned a lot about Buddhism during this active and immersive tour. Our tour guide, Ping, was terrific.
• Submitted 12 Feb 2017

In Brief

Chiang Mai, Thailand
5 hours
All entrance fees included
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
Great overview and orientation of the city
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Lunch included
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour