Thailand

Doi Suthep:Traditional Temple and White Hmong Village

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

tour highlights

  • Visit the White Hmong village of Khun Chang Kien
  • See the Hmong people in their colourful costumes
  • Buy Hmong-produced ornaments and fabrics
  • Climb 290 steps to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
  • Admire the temple’s naga-flanked staircase

tour details

The Hmong people are former inhabitants of the Yellow River Valley in China who fled their home due to Chinese expansionism. Now approximately 120,000 Hmong people live in northern Thailand. They are known for their intricate embroidery and colourful costumes. The villagers farm vegetables and fruit, most having given up opium cultivation, once their main employment. You’ll visit the White Hmong village of Khun Chang Kien near Doi Suthep (Suthep Mountain). In the village, you can buy a range of antiques, decorative ornaments and fabrics. Then you’ll drive to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 1056 meters above sea level. Visitors to the temple climb a naga-flanked staircase of 290 steps, but those who are elderly or infirm may take a cable car to the top to enjoy the fantastic views.

Pick up & Drop off at Chiang Mai city

tour description

The White Hmong tribal village of Khun Chang Kien is located in the vicinity of Doi (=mountain) Suthep and accessible by pick-up truck. Here you see the Hmong in their colorful costumes selling their wide range of antiques, decorative ornaments and fabrics. The villagers now earn their living by planting vegetables and growing fruit, having replaced their traditional cash crop - the opium poppy. Drive to the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, located 1056 meters above sea level.To reach the temple itself requires a climb up a Naga staircase of 290 steps. For the faint of heart, there's also a funicular cable-car to the top. On clear days the views of the surrounding area are a rewarding sight.

includes

Transfer included: Yes, Daily from Chiang Mai city hotels

    excludes

    Meals included: None

      notes

      Depending on road conditions, departures cannot be guarantueed during the rainy season.
        Tour code: CNXITMDS1

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