Our retreats are structured with meditation and study in the morning, and guided excursions in the afternoon. Two excursions are included in the base price of the retreat. Optional excursions are listed below.
December 12 - 17
Thursday Dec 13
Evening Bike Tour 3.5 hours
$60.00 to add excursion.
Subject to Price change and availability
Spend a magical evening cycling the maze of small back lanes exploring Chiang Mai’s old city and famous temples. Wrap up the evening sampling street food at the night market.
Friday Dec 14
Hidden Temple Hike + Doi Suthep
Hike is moderate about 45 minutes. Van is available.
Included in base price.
Dinner at the gallery restaurant not included. Trip Advisor rates as $$ - $$$. Casual to fine dining.
Hike the Monk's Trail to The Hidden Temple, then we will take a van up the mountatin to Doi Suthep. You can also take a van to the Hidden Temple if hiking is not your thing.
The Hidden Temple, also known as Wat Pha Lat, is a secret jungle temple in Chiang Mai nestled in the forest a few kilometers down the road from Doi Suthep.
Built on top of a rock, this Buddhist temple is completely out of sight, lost in the lush jungle. The Hidden Temple was originally used as a resting place for people on the Monk's Trail pilgrimage to meditate at the mountain top temple Wat Doi Suthep. The location developed into a meditation retreat and a monks’ residence, and is still active today.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, also known as Doi Suthep, is one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in north Thailand. It is nestled on the highest ridge overlooking the city of Chiang Mai, with spectacular views of the city. The approach to the temple is a 306 step staircase intended as a walking meditation.
We will end the evening with an early dinner at The Gallery Restaurant, which is an art gallery and restaurant with a classic setting for casual fine dining. This beautiful restaurant is located next to the Ping River and specializes in Thai, Chinese and International food. Enjoy the superb ambiance of The Gallery. The refined décor, along with a multitude of dishes and drinks that will ease you into the perfect Thai experience. The Gallery Restaurant offers a quiet respite to dine by the Ping River.
Saturday Dec 15
Elephant Nature Park
$100 to add this excursion
Subject to price change and availability
Take an all day excursion to an elephant rescue and rehabilitation center on a 250 acre reserve 46 miles (1½ hour drive) outside Chiang Mai. As part of their educational ecotourism program, we will be picked up at the hotel, visit the park, hang out and feed the elephants, learn about their history, and observe them bathing in the river. Lunch is provided at the sanctuary. Return to hotel by 5:30pm.
Sunday Dec 16
Wat Umong + The Silver Temple + Sunday walking market.
$45 to add this excursion, please note that women are not allowed inside the main Silver Temple.
Subject to price change and availability
We will start this optional excursion by visiting Wat Umong. This 13th century temple is built in a wooded area of SuThep mountain and has unique meditation tunnels that were built so the monks could meditate during the rainy season in Chiang Mai.
After Wat Umong, we will visit the Wat Sri Suphan (the Silver Temple), one of the oldest in Chiang Mai, built originally between 1495 – 1515. The main temple building is covered inside and out with silver bas relief panels depicting the life of the Buddha. The silver represents Yin energy which is linked to the moon which is a symbol of wisdom.
Every evening from 6-9pm the monks at the Silver Temple offer a program called Culture Night. The evening includes Monk Chat, a time to talk with the monks and ask questions, 5:30-7:20pm, and from 7:30-9:00pm they offer a meditation program. The charge for these monk-led programs is 250 Baht, about $8 U.S. which is not included in the excursion price.
In the evening, you are on your own for the Sunday Walking Market which comes alive with street entertainers, musicians, puppeteers, Thai dancers, and bands all performing under the beautiful colored lights. There are a number of restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the market area where you can opt out of the crowd and sit and enjoy a meal or a drink and people watch. The whole place has a very festive nature which makes the Sunday Market a must do on any visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand.