Chiang Mai Local Experience – Hire a Licensed Guide in Chiang Mai (Full Day)

Hire a Private Guide for a day in Chiang Mai

We believe that the best way to experience a foreign country is through the eyes of a local!

By pairing you up with a licensed guide who shares similar interests and passions (food, history, culture) to your own, you can experience their home city of Chiang Mai in a way that only they know-how.

Make your transition into your new destination seamless, so that the only thing you need to think about upon arrival is what you’d like to experience first! Sign up to have your very own private ‘travel guru’ to show you the city’s best-kept secrets, and experience Chiang Mai in a way you always dreamed of!


Hire a Licensed Guide in Chiang Mai (Full Day)



Item Details
Pick-up Point Set by you – must be inside of Chiang Mai
Drop-off Point Set by you – must be inside of Chiang Mai
Duration Up to 8 hours (maximum allowable workday as per the law in Thailand)
Physical Level Set by you – varies depending on your interests
Cultural Rating Set by you – Varies depending on your interests
Ages 18+ (younger must be accompanied by an adult – babies 2 years old or younger may join for free)
Group Size Private – Max 6 people per booking


Itinerary for hiring a private guide in Chiang Mai

There are no set itineraries, as this is a fully customized experience! Just let us know what your interests are (which may include, but are not limited to, food, art, culture, history, sports, nature, shopping, etc), and we will match you with a travel guru who shares the same interests as yourself.

We suggest limiting your travel ‘bucket list’ to only one or two items. To get the most out of this experience, it is best to let it flow freely through the day! You have a rare opportunity to see how local people live their lives in this city.

Your travel guru might suggest going to a lesser-known temple because it’s where they practice, for example. Instead of a history lesson on the temple, they can share with you why they chose that over another. Perhaps it’s where their family brought them. Maybe they just like the architecture. Possibly, it is the monks who practice there that they feel give the best sermons. The same can be said for all the activities and experiences you can share together today.

This isn’t your ordinary day tour. It’s like having an instant local best friend to show you the best of their city – but from a local’s perspective! It’s an opportunity to abandon the Trip Advisor top 10 sites and get off the beaten trail. Do some urban exploration. See how the city really ticks, and what local people like doing, rather than just what other foreigners have stumbled upon.

* All experiences available are done so legally and responsibly, and cannot put you or your guide in any risk or danger. For things you wish to experience outside of this, your guide will be able to advise you of how and where to do so, though will not be able to accompany you and assumes no responsibility for once out of their care or guidance.

What types of experiences can you do in Chiang Mai?

The possibilities are endless!! Chiang Mai is a city full of life and energy! Keep in mind, you want to just choose maybe one or at most two activities, and then leave the rest to suggestions and collaboration with your travel guru to get a real Local Experience in Chiang Mai. Some ideas to get your creativity flowing might include:
– temple-hopping to see some of the ancient city’s ancient Buddhist temples
– day trips out to nearby national parks such as Doi Inthanon – the highest mountain in Thailand
– a day of water activities – from jungle waterfalls to swimming holes (like Grand Canyon Chiang Mai)
– going to a Muay Thai fight and hearing locals commentary during the match, helping explain what’s happening
– exploring night markets to sample some of the best street food in the city!
– biking around the colourful streets of Chiang Mai – an art gallery in itself
– exploring off the beaten path neighbourhoods to get a glimpse into the local way of life
– getting to all the more common ‘must-see’ attractions in the city efficiently and hassle-free
– learning the ropes of getting around Thailand on your own – from an introduction to the language to learning how to use public transit to basic Thai etiquette for the do’s and do not’s to help connect you even deeper with the locals during your visit (included on all experiences).
– For more ideas on things to do, check our Chiang Mai blog posts.

What is included when you hire a private guide in Chiang Mai?

Your custom-tailored Chiang Mai experience includes:
– a specially trained and licensed English-speaking guide who will facilitate your experience (max 8 hours/day)
– communications before and after your experience to ensure it is tailored to your expectations
– information provided before your experience to educate you and properly prepare you
– once you have worked out an itinerary with your guide (via email), they may provide you with a rough quote for the additional expenses for the day you may expect (entrance fees, transport costs, food, etc).

What is not included when you hire a private guide in Chiang Mai?

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
– International flights or transportation to/from the itinerary’s start point
– Accommodation in Chiang Mai (we suggest Agoda for the best hotel rates)
– Food & beverages (any meals or drinks for you and your guide)
– Transportation (getting around the city from point to point)
– Activities (any costs associated with activities you would like to do, such as entrance fees or bike rentals)
– Gratuities and tips
– Spending Money
– Any additional fees or expenses for you or your guide*
*It is expected that if your guide is to join you, that you will cover their expenses.

Supporting Local Projects with our TRiP Foundation

Every TRiP that you go on with WSE Travel, we will donate 2% (or $1/day per day, per person – whichever is greater) to an environmental or community-based project in the country you’re visiting. We want to ensure that every guest we help, in turn, helps support and preserve the destination we’re experiencing together as a direct result. We live by an ethos to Travel Responsibly & Impact Positively (TRiP).

For more information on the projects supported by this experience, please visit our Thailand TRIP projects.

1 review for Chiang Mai Local Experience – Hire a Licensed Guide in Chiang Mai (Full Day)

  1. Heather McKinley-Brown (verified owner)

    We Scheduled a city tour in Chiang Mai with Khai and we couldn’t be more happy! Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable and made our experience even richer! We came away feeling as if we learned more about the culture and the wonderful people who live here.

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