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A Mae Ping River Cruise is a terrific day trip that takes you away from the typical sights of Chiang Mai to experience something a little different.

A leisurely two-hour cruise aboard a cosy boat that travels through the tranquil river provides you with different and exciting perspectives that you wouldn’t find roaming the streets. Instead, it allows you to commune in nature and witness a number of cultural marvels that are uniquely northern Thailand.

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It’s one of the most popular day cruises from Chiang Mai. Depending on the tour operator you book with, the sights may vary but they generally include seeing an old farmer’s house which has been converted into a museum and restaurant in one, which also features a produce garden. You’ll get to have a delicious meal of khao soi; an iconic Chiang Mai dish that everyone should try at least once.

Floating along the Ping River, the cruise also passes through scenic bridges, and many charming riverside cafes, as well as the Warorot market. Then you’ll pass through the picturesque upscale suburbs of the city, which gives you a peek into how the rich locals live: elegant mansions and villas made with stunning teak wood facing the river. Truly quite a sight to behold.

The friendly boatmen on the Mae Ping River Cruise also provide guests with interesting commentary and stories. The package includes delicious refreshments such as juices and fresh fruits, so you’ll never go hungry during the cruise.

The day trips usually depart every hour, and it’s easy to find a cruise that can cater to your schedule. If you’d prefer to do an evening cruise, it’s a different and romantic feel as the boats are converted for dinner. The evening cruises are longer so that guests have the opportunity to dine and relax.

They are simpler compared to Bangkok’s luxurious cruises, but it’s definitely still worth checking out.

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