Embark on an enchanting journey where history meets harmony, and tradition dances with modernity. Welcome to Mae Ping River, Chiang Mai’s ancient artery, offering an escapade that mesmerizes guests of all generations. This voyage is not just a trip; it’s a cultural immersion, a celebration of diversity, and a feast for the senses.
Discovering Majestic Sights Along the River
Flowing through the heart of the once thriving Lanna Kingdom, Mae Ping River is your gateway to a world where wonders never cease. Among these treasures is the venerable Wat Ket Karam, nestled in a unique community where a tapestry of faiths – from Buddhism to Sikhism – coexists in serenity, embodying the essence of tolerance and unity.
Equally captivating is the Phra Ket Kaew Chulamanee, a sacred haven for those born under the Year of the Dog. Its spiritual aura is palpable, holding a revered position in the hearts of pilgrims and visitors alike.
For the gastronomes, a culinary adventure awaits at Warorot Market, a bustling emporium where traditional flavors and delightful bites like the famed dumplings from Lung Khajohn Wat Ket – a name that shines in the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand list – promise to tantalize your taste buds.
As night falls, the river becomes a luminous spectacle. The historic Chansom Bridge, or “Khua Kaek,” and the radiant “Khua Lek” bridge, become beacons of light, painting a picturesque scene against Chiang Mai’s vibrant nightscape.
A Luxurious Odyssey with Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
The Anantara Chiang Mai Resort redefines river cruising, offering an opulent journey aboard the elegant “Nam Jai” scorpion-tail boat. Glide through the city’s twilight, under storied bridges, past serene temples, and through lush landscapes, all while savoring an uninterrupted flow of exquisite canapés and cocktails.
For those who prefer a taste of luxury in broad daylight, the “Nam Jit” pontoon cruise seduces with an array of seasonal pastries, scones, and cakes, perfectly paired with your choice of tea, coffee, or sparkling wine.
And for an evening of unparalleled splendor, the dinner cruise presents a four-course feast of royal Thai cuisine under the blanket of stars, complete with free-flow beverages and celebratory champagne toasts.
“A cruise down the Mae Ping is more than just a journey; it’s a backstage pass to the heart and soul of Chiang Mai, wrapped in the luxurious comforts of fine dining and sumptuous leisure,” shares Pitak Norathepkitti, the resort’s general manager.
The JAO Ping River Cruise awaits to whisk you away at 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. daily, subject to weather and with prior reservation, from the serene Long Muan Pier. With prices commencing at 990 baht per person and private charter options available, this is an adventure that beckons.
For those eager to weave their own tales on the serene waters of Mae Ping, further details and reservations can be made by visiting Anantara’s JAO Ping River Cruise. Embark on this magnificent voyage, where every moment promises to be as astounding as the landscapes it traverses.