Loy Krathong season is all about water and the river so, during your stay in Chiang Mai a cruise along Ping River is not to be missed.
Mae Ping River Cruise offers couples, families and groups of friends the possibility to see the city of Chiang Mai from a different angle. Gliding under one bridge to another, you will weave through Chiang Mai’s picturesque countryside. You will also come across some little jewels like private properties which can only be seen from the water.
Experience the lifestyle of locals who live and work along the waterway. This two and half hour peaceful trip is perfect for tourists and residents alike; you will leave the city behind and pass numerous houses, riverside cafes and hotels. After a while, the scenery will change and become green and quiet. At this point, temples, secluded premises and perfectly manicured gardens can be seen. Your captain will share the history and secrets behind
many of these beautiful homes.
Half-way, the cruise stops at a traditional northern farmers house which is owned by Mae Ping River Cruise’s family. This place is an interesting open-air museum where you can learn about traditional Thai herbs, fruits and natural medicines. This treasury houses a northern style cuisine with antiques, a rice field to learn about thai agriculture and fishing techniques, as well as a cooking school and a delicious restaurant serving a northern speciality: the Khao Soy curry soup. A snack of seasonal fresh fruits and lemongrass drink is served to all visitors and English speaking staff are ready to answer all you questions about the traditional Thai way of life. If you are lucky, you might witness the beautiful sunset over Chiang Mai’s rural greenery on your way back.
This unforgettable boat tour leaves each hour from its pier at Chai Mongkol temple. Different kinds of wooden boats await you to guide down your discovery of the peaceful river and the ever-changing scenery. A boat trip with Mae Ping River Cruise allows you to experience local life, truly off the beaten track. | Price for the trip : 550 THB/person.
MAE PING RIVER CRUISE :
Pier at Chaimongkol Temple. 133 Charoenprathet Rd. Chiang Mai.
Tel. 053-274 822, 053-252 873, 081-024 7246