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Doi Suthep, Wat Umong & Wat Pha Lat Sunrise Small-Group Tour

1. Doi Suthep, Wat Umong & Wat Pha Lat Sunrise Small-Group Tour

Begin your morning tour by climbing the 306 steps up to Doi Suthep Temple with your local guide. Bask in the golden rays of sunrise after conquering the staircase and take photos of the unrivaled view of the city of Chiang Mai.  Then, stand in the shadow of the golden Kruba Srivichai Monument, named after the Thai Buddhist monk and engineer of many temples and roads. Gain an insight into how the monks live and choose to make a merit (offering) with them.  Head to Wat Pha Lat, a hidden temple in the lush jungle. Admire the serene statues, shrines, and surrounding nature.  Wrap up your half-day tour with a stop at Wat Umong, a 700-year old temple built back in 1297. Explore the forest and underground tunnels. Marvel at the architecture of the chedi.

Chiang Mai: 4-Hour Wat Umong and Doi Suthep Evening Tour

2. Chiang Mai: 4-Hour Wat Umong and Doi Suthep Evening Tour

Be picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and go on a short drive to Wat Umong temple in the late afternoon. At this time of day, the crowds are few and views are prime. Upon arrival, explore the underground tunnels, bask in the beauty of the temple, and enjoy the forest surroundings. It is said that the trees in this forest have words of wisdom for those who pass by. After Wat Umong, the next stop is Doi Suthep temple. At this ornate structure, which is reached by a 306-step staircase, enjoy a beautiful sunset that lights up the golden temple. Also, take in the spectacular views of Chiang Mai at night from the summit of the mountain. Join a traditional ceremony performed by the temple's monks at the Golden Pagoda. After an afternoon spent exploring Chiang Mai’s temples and enjoying the sunset over the city, be returned to your hotel.

Chiang Man: Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat & Wat Umong Spanish Tour

3. Chiang Man: Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat & Wat Umong Spanish Tour

Join a full-day guided tour in Spanish from Chiang Mai to discover the beautiful temples of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Pha Lat, and Wat Umong, enjoy a lakeside lunch, and visit the impressive Warorot Market.   After your hotel pickup, drive to the Wat Umong Cave Temple, a meditation compound on the outskirts of Chiang Mai at the foot of the national park not visited by many tourists. Walk on the picturesque grounds, learn about Buddhism, and taking amazing photos. Nex,t hed to the temple of meditation, Wat Pha Lat, in the middle of the jungle. This lost enclosure inside the Doi Suthep National Park was formerly used as a resting point for pilgrims. Now monks live in it and you will walk through its enclosure, see its buildings, meditation rooms, river, and can also talk to monks.  Ride up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, the most important, well known, and spectacular temple in Chiang Mai. Located at the top of the Doi Suthep National Park, see its famous golden pagoda and enjoy a viewpoint that overlooks Chiang Mai city. At Huai Tung Tao, enjoy your delicious Thai lunch by the lake. This immense lake is surrounded by bamboo houses and it is where many locals go to spend the day on the weekends.  Later in the afternoon, travel to Wat Chiang Man, another lesser-known site in a district outside the old city. Hear the history of how the Lanna people protected themselves from invasions and you walk through ancient trees and lush gardens. At the end of the day, follow your guide inside the Warorot Market, the China Town of Chiang Mai, to see a large collection of local products and fun souvenirs. Afterward, return back to your hotel, arriving around 4:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Wat Umong

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 110 reviews

Definitely this was the highlight of our tour to Chiang Mai. Early morning one was definitely worth it as the temple wasn't that crowded and we got to hear the Monks chanting in the morning as well. Clouds were not favorable to us due to rain the previous night. So we didn't get to see the sunrise that clearly. Wat Pha Lat is one of the best experiences I've had in a temple with the morning mist, monks cleaning the place and a small waterfall to meditate, it was a surreal experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Non, our tour guide was such a friendly and nice person. I would definitely recommend the morning tour for this one!

Tour was great. Non was my guide and he was simply AMAZING, So friendly and knowledgeable he made it worth the extra expense of a private tour, as I was able to learn so much & had everything in my own time wouldn’t have wanted to experience any other way. He also took me to an extra stop (which should be on the itinerary as there was plenty of time). He said it was his favourite and it also became my favourite temple of the trip.

The tour was amazing and exceeded expectations. The tour guide was extremely attentive, not only providing the history and story behind each temple but also the importance of them for the local communities. He also educated us on the values and philosophy of Buddhism. Definitely one of the best tours we've experienced in Thailand.

Yee Yee was an amazing guide. She was super enthusiastic and energetic and she made sure we all had plenty of photos. She also explained everything and helped us get involved with the traditions at the temple. The view from Doi Suthep was great.

Tim was extremely knowledgeable, well mannered, kind & patient. I really enjoyed my personal tour with Tim and would thoroughly recommend his services.