This 5-hour trip is a combination of visiting the Hmong Hill Tribe Village at Khun Chang Kian Village and Doi Suthep Temple with its compound in the evening (with the evening light), which you will have a chance to attend the Buddhism Evening Service Ceremony. This small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 9 travelers and includes guide, entrance fees to Doi Suthep Temple, all transport and afternoon tea refreshments.
Your tour starts with hotel pickup between 1:30pm and 2pm from your hotel lobby in Chiang Mai's central area by your professional guide. You will be transported by VIP 9-seat air-conditioned van on the drive toward Doi Suthep mountain, 1 hour from the city center.
You will then continue to Doi Suthep to visit the temple and its compound, where your guide gives you information about Buddhism, temples, monks, beliefs, and other relevant topics. You can walk around the compound and learn about northern Thai architecture, which is reflected in the temple structure. AFterward, you will visit a Hmong village called Khun Chang Kian (30 to 45 minutes from the temple) by changing from your tour van into a small open-air truck in the temple parking lot, which allows you to travel along the narrow and curvy road surrounded by lush greenery. Upon arrival, take in the combination of traditional culture and modern life as your guide walks you through the village to meet villagers and observe a bit of how they live.
After spending some time at the the village, you will head back toward Doi Suthep Temple (aka Wat Phra That Doi Suthep), making a stop at a coffee shop or plantation on the way to enjoy afternoon tea or coffee (included) while admiring the panoramic view of the surrounding scenery (especially good from November to February).
Finally, you will have the chance to join the evening Buddhism service and ceremony (start time around 6pm) at the temple with a stunning background of the golden pagodas reflected in the light. After this, you will be transferred back to Chiang Mai for drop-off at your located hotel.