Get up-close, personal, and local with the mountainous city of northern Thailand
Pop by an authentic teak wood house for traditional Northern Thai flavours
We will take you to Hang Dong for an incredible gastronomic experience with the local Ruankaew-Yanon family. You will be welcomed into their historical teak wood home in a Lanna village, situated in amidst beautiful natural surroundings. Wander through the family orchard, past tropical fruit and herbs picked freshly for cooking, and discover the simple Lanna way of life. Based on traditional recipes of Northern Thai cuisine, help cook up a spread with the host family and enjoy the meal after. Think Dry Red Curry Chicken, and Stir Fried Eggplant and Minced Pork (dishes subject to availability/change), brimming with authentic Northern Thai flavours characterised by the liberal use of myriad spices.
Dried local herbs grown in the host family’s orchard
See rural Chiang Mai on a cruise along Mae Ping River
On a 45-minute boat ride on the Mae Ping River, travel north out of the city into the truly rural parts of Chiang Mai province. Past views of city life, lush greenery along the riverbank comes into sight. Spot locals fishing in the chemical-free environment where agriculture and marine life thrive. You will arrive at a local farm, where you will be introduced to local herbs, trees, fruits, and teas. Enjoy sweet fruit and tea, the products of the farmers’ labour. This is but another way to see Chiang Mai, laidback and relaxed.
Visit a silk factory San Khampaeng
From worm to weaver, see step-by-step how world-renowned Thai silk is manufactured in a local factory. At the same place, marvel at native Bor Sang women making brilliantly-coloured sun umbrellas, and other craft people working on silver, teakwood and lacquer ware. One of them might just make a memorable souvenir for the loved ones back home.
Bor Sang women and their colourful sun umbrellas for sale
Beyond magnificent mountains and the comfy sub-20°C weather, Chiang Mai is a nearby holiday destination that has much more to offer. With Bespoke Infinite, travellers can, in their preferred ways, take a closer look at the people, their culture, and their way of life in this part of the land of smiles. Subtle touches that go the extra mile, such as a bouquet of roses upon your arrival at the hotel, or a SIM card once you clear customs, can also be arranged. You simply have to leave your contact details and share your preferences and interests – we will be in touch to help curate your next bespoke travel experience.
Monks at a local temple in Chiang Mai