Chiang Mai Ping River is one of the city’s landmark so, during your stay in Chiang Mai a cruise along this river is not to be missed.
Mae Ping River Cruise offers couples, families and groups of friends the possibility to discover the city 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.
During this two hours peaceful trip 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 farmer’s 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. The home houses a treasure Lanna antiques and encompasses a rice field where you can learn about Thai agriculture and fishing techniques. In addition, there is a cooking school and a restaurant serving delicious northern specialities including the famous Khao Soi 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 your questions about the traditional Thai way of life. And 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 every hour from its pier at Chai Mongkol temple. Boat trip with Mae Ping River Cruise allows you to experience local life, truly off the beaten track.
Prices: THB 550 for 2 hours & THB 650
(including a delicious Khao Soi curry soup).