Chiang Mai old city tour – Segway all the way!!
Segway in Chiang Mai is a fun, safe and great way to see Chiang Mai’s old city.
The daily tours are organised by Segway Gibbon. There are two hours and three hours tours. I would recommend you to go for three hours one, as even after three hours you will feel like going for more.
Segway may look daunting in the beginning but in reality is quite simple and after 10-15 minutes of practice you will become street ready. If you have never rode one before, don’t worry, it’s very easy to pick up.
Segway in Chiang Mai – Safety First
They will make you practice in an open space of nearby hotel car parking and then in some lanes before you are confident enough to glide through the main roads. They do take their safety very seriously. There will always be two guides, one leading in the front and other at the tail end making sure that everyone is fine. While crossing the busy street, one guide will stop the traffic to make sure that everyone crossed the road safely.
We were riding on main road, lane ways and foot paths and at times at great pace too.
The tour will take you to all major attractions that you would want to see in the old city. The guides will explain you about each attraction just that bit, and if you are interested to know more your questions are welcome and they are prepared to answer everything. If they don’t know something they will admit.
I must say here that the segway tours are more focussed on segway, if you are more into detailed tours and history you should consider a different tour. They do allow time to stop for pictures, and enter temples.
The first stop was Thaphae Gate. There is a a big paved area in front of Thaphae gate and we had blast gliding in front of this gate. Not only was this incredible fun – to be able to zoom up and down the paved area, to “chase” the pigeons, to weave in and out of the trees – it was also a great way to get comfortable with segway.
We were all moving in a single line led by a guide in front and covered by another guide at the end. We glided by a local market, down narrow streets and visited some of the major temples and sights in the Chiang Mai old town including Wat Chiang Man, the Three Kings monument, Wat Phra Sing, and Wat Chedi Luang.
Wat Chiang Man
This is Chiang Mai’s oldest temple, built by cities founder sometime in 1296.
Wat Phra Singh
Perhaps the most revered temple of Chiang Mai. Visitors are required to dress modestly – covered shoulders and knee length lowers. One of the most beautiful example of Lanna art and architecture.
Three Kings Monument
This monument is located right in the centre of Chiang Mai. It is a symbol of the union of three northern Thai kingdoms against the mongols in 13th century. These three kings laid the foundation of Chinang Mai and were responsible for its layout.
Wat Pan Tao
Not one of the famous temples but still worth a look.
Wat Chedi Luang
Built around 1441, this was a tallest structure in Chiang Mai at that time.
We had plenty of time at each site to take some pictures and ask questions. Guides were happy to take pictures of us using our cameras. One of the guide was also carrying his own camera and he took lot of pictures and later emailed the pictures to the participants.
Again I must mention here that this tour is more of a segway adventure rather than temples. If you are interested in history & art, you need to go to these temples separately to soak in the history and closely admire the art. For me the few minutes we spent in each temple was enough, as I was out to enjoy the Segway in Chiang Mai.
There is also a stop at coffee cafe where you can have some complimentary beverage and brownie.
Sadly, the three hours will fly away very fast, and before you know the tour will be over.
Make time for this activity when you are in Chiang Mai, and do it at the very beginning of your visit so that on the very first day you will get acquainted with virtually whole of the old city.
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