I actually read this entire post – I know that sounds funny but sometimes I drift but this was interesting and is somewhere I would love to visit. I spotted another orange tapestry like we had seen on our first night in Chiang Mai Old City and signed it for us. It’s like something out of a fairytale. We didn’t just get dessert, we ordered both desserts on their menu: mango cheesecake and creme brulee. This famous temple is the main attraction of Doi Suthep National Park. We’re from Atlanta, Georgia!” It was exciting when we ran into people from the US. That means so much to me. As soon as we started walking toward our songthaew, the buses arrived. <3 I love quiet places to contemplate the world. Chiang Mai is a city filled with temples. You can also charter songthaews from anywhere in the city, which is a good option if you are traveling with a group. We reached BED Chiang Mai Gate around 10:30 am and said goodbye to our songthaew driver. I’m telling you, Chiang Mai is one magical place. Never a dull moment in Thailand! The mountain, plus neighbouring Doi … Chiang Mai seems so dreamy and I love that animals found you no matter where you went – that is a good sign in my eyes! Truly the place looks peaceful unfortunately it’s sad to see some garbage in some areas. I went with wine because wine was hard to come by in Southeast Asia. Traveling is a passion of mine and I enjoy sharing my secrets to planning incredible trips with you! Once you’re up the mountain (via whatever method you’ve chosen), you’ll see a large cluster of souvenir stands and stalls selling food and drinks before you head up to the temple. He wasn’t wrong. Want a workout? This temple does not have a view of the city; The second section is more strenuous, going up more steeply from the small temple of Wat Pha Lat to the main Doi Suthep Temple. I was fully expecting Baan Bakery to be packed with people, but it wasn’t. That center Chedi is absolutely stunning – I just love those golden stupa’s, they are beautiful. Yet again, what a small world. I’m still not sure what the significance is, but I do know that our names are on two of them in Chiang Mai! I like the way you travel, you have respect for the locals and their customs. After we saw everything within the center of the temple, we went to find the spectacular view of Chiang Mai. What a wonderful experience. Our driver was just finishing getting his songthaew washed when we walked up. I really enjoyed reading your post – those photos are amazing! This tiny older Thai woman saw me struggling and shuffled over to help me. I’ve never been to a place that felt so happy and peaceful. The gate outside the old city is the Chang Phak Gate - just over the road from there is a little market and the songthaews gather there to leave for Doi Suthep. The Thai culture overall is so kind, respectful, and beautiful. I was so shocked that no one was there at 8:30 am. After our 5-minute tuk-tuk ride, we arrived at Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. Several of the buildings had scaffolding on them and were being restored. Suthep itself is a district of western Chiang Mai city and one that gets its name from the adjacent mountain (doi means mountain in northern Thai), and the temple on the summit—Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, is found on the mountainside. After trumpeting three times, the elephant laid down and gently passed away in the jungle. It is a sacred site to many Thai people. This hike was on my list of things to do, but since we were already visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, it was easier to just add it on to that trip. I too force people traveling with me to wake up at extreme hours so we can miss the rush. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In the US, that would have turned us away since it looked like it wasn’t popular. It was a precious little moment. It wasn’t the cheapest dinner on our trip, but it was one of the most memorable. Before we left, we walked around a little bit to see some of the other statues that decorated the base. Museums. Wat Sri Suphan, also known as the Silver Temple, would be our starting point since it was right around the corner from our hotel. In fact, any temple in the world with a Buddha relic can proudly have this in its title. The most famous of all the wats, this temple sits high above all its lesser competition on Mount Suthep. It wasn’t big, but the setting on the side of a mountain and in the middle of the jungle was so beautiful. The temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is certainly one of the most important temples in Chiang Mai, as well as one of the most revered among all Thais. We were having a wonderful night and didn’t really want it to end. Eva from our hotel had recommended Khun Kae’s Juice Bar for us to try if we found ourselves in that area. Drivers might offer you a price of 400 baht (10 euro) to make your trip private. If you would rather avoid the climb, then take the elevator trolley from the carpark. I try really hard to be as respectful as possible when I travel because I know so many tourists do not. I felt bad for the group of girls because they didn’t have any men in their group to go in and get pictures for them. The first road to the temple was built fairly recently in 1935. What a great experience! The place where he lay is now the site of where Doi Suthep’s temple was founded. Pagoda style temple in Chiang Saen. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: Splendid Retreat from the City - See 7,663 traveler reviews, 9,487 candid photos, and great deals for Doi Suthep, Thailand, at Tripadvisor. It was so beautiful and peaceful with hardly anyone around. I went with a papaya, pineapple, and mango juice. You hop in one and wait until it … Women are not allowed to enter the silver temple. The crystal Buddha, Phra Satang, was from the 8th or 10th century and is said to have rainmaking powers. Not only did she recommend this juice place to us but she just happened to be there at the exact same time we were on her day off. I’m an early riser, so 8:30 is late for me :). Unlike Europe, we rarely saw any Americans as we were roaming around Southeast Asia. Again, there was hardly anyone around so we were able to stand wherever we wanted to take in the view. Oh, if you go, give me a shout if you need recommendations for less famous, but amazing places. From Chiang Mai Zoo at the foot of the mountain and at the end of Huay Kaew Road, a good road winds its way up Doi Suthep for 15 kilometres. After removing our shoes and placing them on a shoe rack, we entered the main part of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. From my research before our trip, I knew that many monks enjoyed talking with tourists in order to practice their English. One of those bones was mounted on a sacred white elephant (an important symbol in Thailand) who then climbed Doi Suthep mountain and stopped near the peak. The area around the temple was very beautiful. The perimeter is an ancient wall as well as a river. Eric!”. Drive until the road finally widens and you see the crowds and flags in the trees. If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I usually always have a plan. It takes about 1 hour and 1/2 each way. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous destination! - See 7,663 traveler reviews, 9,487 candid photos, and great deals for Doi Suthep, Thailand, at Tripadvisor. According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: Doi Suthep Temple: Amazing Mountaintop Sunrise Tour and Stunning City Views (From US$64.62) Wat Doi Suthep Temple and White Meo Hilltribe Village Half-Day Tour from Chiang Mai (From US$54.21) Thank you for your support! The temple ‘Wat Phra That Doi Suthep’ is Chiang Mai’s most famous temple, and also the most sacred temple in northern Thailand. FUN FACT: The reason the temple is called Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and not simply Wat Doi Suthep is because Phra That means that the temple contains a Buddha relic. No one really knows where it came from or when it was created, but it is believed to have been created over 1,000 years ago somewhere in Sri Lanka. The city tour includes the two most popular temples: Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Phra Singh. There wasn’t a ticket taker or any sort of controlled entrance to get into the temple, but we weren’t about to not follow the rules. Of course, I respected their tradition, but it was one of those things that made me feel less just because of my gender. There was a sign, but if we were on our own I wouldn’t have known it was there. It’s famous for Japanese people (but not really busy) and it has a similar super-calming feeling. Your photos look stunning, thank you for sharing your experience! Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple also houses a meditation center, where both locals and visitors can learn and practice meditation. After our mid-morning snack, we set off to wander Chiang Mai Old City. … This comment just filled my heart with happiness!! Since Eric got to choose lunch, I decided our next stop would be ice cream. This is not the Doi Suthep Temple. Locals say that your stay in the city won’t be complete without visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. He smiled and told us it was his first time there and it was possibly the most peaceful temple he had ever been to. There is another way to get to this temple. As you explore the Old City you can’t walk more than a few feet without seeing one and they are all well worth your time as a traveler. Built by King Gue-Na in 1383, the temple houses a large copper-plate Chedi (twenty-two meters high) that is covered in gold and contains holy relics of the Lord Buddha. - See 7,663 traveler reviews, 9,487 candid photos, and great deals for Doi Suthep, Thailand, at Tripadvisor. Doi Suthep mountain itself reaches an altitude of 1,676 meters (5,498 feet) and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep stands on the flank of the mountain at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3464 feet). For food, I just ordered an appetizer (I can’t remember what it was) and Eric got Khao Soi again. Doi Suthep. They didn’t know these girls at all but clearly had some empathy since they got to see the inside but the girls couldn’t. Hiking: Anyone in the mood for some exercise can opt to hike up to the temple, via Suthep Road, past Chiang Mai University to find the start of the hike. Wat Pha Lat was on the way down Doi Suthep mountain and couldn’t be seen from the main road. The fee is 20 THB for Thais and 50 THB for foreigners. Suthep itself is a district of western Chiang Mai city and one that gets its name from the adjacent mountain (doi means mountain in northern Thai), and the temple on the summit—Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, is found on the mountainside. Hey, at least we weren’t alone. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. At least 5 came all at once and tourists poured out of them. We stopped a few times on the way to the top to snap a few pictures. A road to the temple was first built in 1935. Oh thank you for telling me about that! In addition to those aforementioned views, the golden, gleaming temple itself is highlight, but don’t rush your visit. It was lavish and extravagant. Once we took in enough of the view, we made our way to the exit to get our shoes. But even if you’ve had your fill of temples (or think you’ve seen them all), planning a trip to see Wat Doi Suthep is worth your time, even if just for the photo-worthy views. Old City. He explained that they had tapas we could share as well as pizzas. We have so many friends and family from Orlando and the surrounding areas. The grounds are lush and peaceful and there are many spots for good photo ops or just simple quiet contemplation. But if you have your international drivers licence and feel comfortable riding, this is a good DIY option up the mountain. It’s located among huuuge trees on a mountain to the South of Nara. Enter your email below to be notified every time LE Travels publishes a post. The route is a straight one, but the road itself has some curves, so anyone with minimal motorbike or scooter experience should consider alternate transportation. We said goodbye to the friendly monk and continued on through the grounds of Wat Pha Lat. Once he moved, he met his now wife, learned Thai, opened his restaurant, then they had a daughter. . I was already nervous that we were leaving too late to beat the crowds at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, but I tried to focus on the fact that we were getting to go at all. Taking a songthaew: One of the most popular ways to get to the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is via the many red songthaews that ply the streets of Chiang Mai. Sitting next to the famous Wat Chedi Luang this temple is often overlooked but worth a visit. History of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Wat Pha Lat looks so calm and beautiful! The wát is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture, reached via a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (mythical sea serpents). The staircase is flanked by beautiful jeweled naga (ornate serpents) and as you walk, the majestic staircase is a great spot to take pictures. They were very modern and nice, although it looks like they had an interesting problem at one point. It’s hard for me to put into words the immense tranquility I felt at this temple. The Zoo . . Luckily, two guys exiting the temple saw them and asked if they wanted them to share their pictures. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a major pilgrimage destination, especially during the Buddhist holidays of Makha Bucha and Visakha Bucha (February 13 and May 11, respectively). The best part is that you didn’t have to wake up before the sun to get there and not be crowded. I am extremely open-minded and accept all cultures, but the no-women rule irked me. We saw a small pagoda to our right as soon as we entered and noticed a group of monks walking in. It looks like you had a packed, but amazing day! I could tell the tourists from the expats because they all looked completely relaxed, wore what all the locals were wearing, and most could speak Thai. After exploring Wat Chiang Man, we were exhausted and beyond hot. Anders was from Denmark and moved to Chiang Mai 10 years ago. Once you get to the base of the temple, you have two options for getting up to it. Expect to pay between 340-610 baht from the centre of the Old City to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, depending on which mode of transport you choose. What was happening?! He asked us where we were from and how we heard about Wat Pha Lat since it wasn’t as popular as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. They wrapped the base of the gold chedi (monument) in the middle of the temple with the tapestry. I was so thankful we came early. She was so tiny I had to bend down so she could reach the button (I’m only 5’5). Wat Phan Tao is a beautiful wooden temple with a decorated garden area. Turtle’s Ice Cream was connected to a motorbike shop which was weird, but it was very modern and aesthetically pleasing. After our juice break, we moved on to find some real food for lunch. If you are already in Chiang Mai, you may wonder how to get to Doi Suthep. I also work hard to inform others of how to be respectful so hopefully fellow travelers will start paying attention to the customs and beliefs of the places they are visiting. It was just us and a few locals. Chiang Mai was one of those places that really touched my soul. After we said goodbye to Eva, we made our way to the edge of the Old City to walk along the ancient wall. The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located on top of a mountain South of Chiang Mai city. We ended up asking for a couple to-go boxes so we could snag some fresh croissants before we headed out on our trip up the mountain. Day 11: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Exploring Chiang Mai Old City November 14, 2018 April 1, 2019 LE Travels September 7, 2018 – When I was planning our time in Chiang Mai I decided to leave one day open because I wanted to make sure we had enough time just to wander the Old City without any structure. The mountain, plus neighbouring Doi Pui, form Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. My sticky mango beer was so fizzy, every time I took a sip it would fizz up so much in my mouth I could barely swallow it. Eric enjoyed his beer. I ordered a sticky mango beer and Eric got a Chiang Mai beer called Blossom Weizen. I can’t help it! Over time, the temple has expanded, and been made to look more extravagant with many more holy shrines added. GrabCar Premium is not the most expensive option, BTW – that distinction belongs to GrabTaxi! Even though it felt wrong, we chose a great pizza place called Flight 52 about a half mile from BED. The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain where it's located. Isn’t it beautiful?! If you want to take one to the temple, they leave from Huay Kaew Road near the Zoo, costing 40 baht per person each way. In terms of the impressive temple, construction on Wat Doi Suthep began in 1386 and according to popular legend, the temple was built to hold a piece of bone from the Buddha’s shoulder. When you see a green area, you'll notice some billboards and a sign reading “Nature Hike”. Our pizza came and it lived up to the hype. Anders was so excited when Eric told him he was a beer guy. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. As I was snapping a few pictures of him, a groundskeeper was sweeping the pathway. This was something I really wanted to experience while we were in Chiang Mai but with our limited mornings, I knew it probably wouldn’t happen. After we had been there for a while, Anders came by to ask us how we liked the food and how we heard about his restaurant. So we bought a few along with an iced latte for me. I think that would be my favourite temple too. Especially the first temple you visited. She smiled and bowed back. Wat Phra Borommathat Doi Suthep nestles into the side of Doi Suthep some 3,000 feet above sea level amongst some of the most picturesque scenery you are likely to encounter. There was some significant cloud cover which made it hard to see the city below, but it was still beautiful to see. The founding of the temple is a bit of a mystery. Chiang Mai probably had the most Americans out of anywhere. I was ecstatic. It was nearly impossible to feel any type of stress, sadness, or anger. From the temple, impressive views of downtown Chiang Mai can be … He told us, like the few others we had met, he visited Chiang Mai on a trip when he was younger and immediately fell in love. Your post totally makes me wanna go back to visit the temples and to take in those stunning views! The temple was set within an area known as the silver village where many silversmiths lived and worked. I know I keep saying it, but the Thai’s in Chiang Mai all had hearts of gold. You can walk up the 306 steps if you’re feeling energetic, or you can take funicular-style cable car, which runs from 6.00 am – 6.00 pm. - Guided excursion to 6 well-known temples of Chiang Mai - Exploration of fascinating Chiang Mai ancient temples - Wat Phra That Doi Suthep with far-reaching city views - Visit to 15th-century Wat Chet Yot with its 7-spire stupa - The historic Buddha relic at Wat Suan Dok - … According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: Doi Suthep Temple: Amazing Mountaintop Sunrise Tour and Stunning City Views (From US$64,62) Wat Doi Suthep Temple and White Meo Hilltribe Village Half-Day … Ander’s wife told us the cat’s baby was somewhere inside the restaurant and she was desperate to find it. I was going to say no but Eric piped up and said yes. If you would like to visit Doi Suthep Temple (our #1 tour attraction ), this private day tour combines a morning at Doi Suthep and an afternoon exploring Chiang Mai Old City. There are several ways to get from Chiang Mai city to the mountaintop temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The crowning jewel of this place was the beer selection. We read a sign that said it was considered respectful and good luck for visitors to walk clockwise around the golden chedi 3 times so we decided to do this before leaving the main part of the temple. This section will take 2-2.5 hours from Wat Pha Lat. Our songthaew driver was early and the croissants had just been put out so we decided to head out a little before 8:00 am. Since there was a disclaimer, I decided to be safe and get my juice without ice. When we arrived we had to purchase entrance tickets for 50 baht each ($1.52). I am so glad that momma cat was reunited with her kitten! Especially when the more famous religious complexes in the area are overrun with tourists in the high season. We decided we would just start walking and see where we ended up. We climbed in the back of the truck and held on for the 30-minute ride from Chiang Mai Old City to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. We turned around to find none other than Eva from our hotel. Eric said his Khao Soi was definitely not as great as the one he had the night before but he was really hungry so he ate it anyway. Because of this, it’s always pleasantly cool with some amazing views of Chiang Mai city. We were stuffed by the end of our meal. The Temple on the mountain Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. At the top of the stairs over to the right, we saw a sign for tourists to purchase tickets. Driving: If you decide to drive yourself (either via car or motorbike), you’ll be taking the 1004 (also called Huay Kaew Road) towards the Chiang Mai Zoo and passing Maya Mall en route. On this day, other than the morning, we had no plans at all. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is doubtless Chiang Mai’s most famous temple on the mountain called Doi Suthep. There was another temple on our list but it was all the way across town. We decided to enter along with them. I tried to research as much as I could about the bells but received conflicting results. My husband and I travel around the world whenever we can get away from our full-time jobs. We slowly made our way back to our songthaew and back to Chiang Mai Old City. However, this included a free cold bottle of water for each of us so we didn’t mind paying at all. The steep stairs with the dragon-like railing are especially beautiful. You’ll also need to remove your shoes upon entering the temple. We were almost finished with our pizza when an American looking couple sat down at the table next to ours. It’s amazing how much detail went in to building each one of those temples! Our songthaew (red truck) would be arriving around 8:00 am so it was another typical morning for us going down for breakfast at 7:30 am. Once we were back at BED, we changed into our bathing suits and went swimming at the pool for a bit. The juice bar was really small but so cute. From the reviews, we knew that they imported their flour from Naples, Italy so the pizza had to be good. The other temple we saw on the mountain wasn’t crowded at all so that one is totally fine to go to later! There were several dirt paths to take once we entered the grounds of Wat Pha Lat. While we were down there we did some research to find a dinner spot. The only other people around were monks staying there on retreat. I cannot believe that there were no crowds here! The food was incredible so we made sure he knew how much we were enjoying it. At least we got to see this from a distance. He gave Eric some suggestions and he went with an interesting beer from Belgium. Then he smiled and said, “magic.” We assumed he was referring to how beautiful Wat Pha Lat was. We arrived at the base of the temple around 8:30 am. To get to Doi Suthep you can catch a Tuk-Tuk or a Songtheaw. Thank you so much for your kind words. High base Inoamuam octagonal bell covered with golden pagodas Chang Ko Lan is a second class city sightseeing spots. Chaing Mai seems like the place to do that . This place even had a free topping bar! We’ve talked about going to Japan at some point so I’ll make sure to put that on our list! It was a nice drive on the scooter that we had hired from Chiang Mai.On the way, you can stop at a view point from where you get panoramic views of Chiang Mai city. We decided to grab a tuk-tuk instead of walking since it was so hot out. The oldest part of this temple is the Chedi Chang Lom elephant monument. I would have been so upset if I was on my own or with a girlfriend and we couldn’t see one of the most famous temples in Chiang Mai just because we didn’t have a man with us. It was so quiet except for the babbling stream that ran through the property. Normally drivers wait for eight to 10 passengers before leaving. Eric didn’t get anything. It’s no secret that Chiang Mai is home to many temples, which you may have seen several of on a visit to the Northern Thai city. The inside was so beautiful. The temple is split into outer and inner terraces and steps lead to the inner terrace where there is a walkway around the golden Chedi (shrine) enshrining the relic. Since breakfast started at 7:30 am, not much was out for us to eat. I love that you were able to enjoy it without tourists. . Luckily, there was a highly rated ice cream place called Turtle’s Ice Cream right around the corner from where we were. Doi Suthep Temple Chiang Mai. I loved the walk because it took us through some more residential side streets with cute homes lining the roads. is via 300 steps from the carpark.. Overlooking the city from its mountain throne, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples, and its founding legend is learned by every schoolkid in Chiang Mai. Hopefully people will know how to dispose their trash properly. They even had some pastries left. It was delicious but room temperature and I was craving something icy cold since it was insanely hot out. If you stay in the Old City you probably will visit multiple Temples as they are there in abundance however, we encourage you to clear a day in your calendar and make your way up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The significance of the bells, as well as many other things around the temple, were merit offerings made by visiting Buddhists. The peace you described at Wat Pha Lat sealed the deal for me – thank you for sharing and here’s to many more adventures! It is considered one of the holiest sites in Thailand for Buddhists and is a major site for Buddhist pilgrimage. It rivaled some of the pizzas we had in Italy! But yes, it’s part of another culture, and we just have to hope there are some guys that can go in and tell us how it was! Their AC was pumping hard too so we enjoyed our ice cream inside away from the searing Chiang Mai heat. Travel to the famous Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai, one of Thailand's most popular attractions, and visit the city's other well known temples. Established to enshrine a bone piece from the shoulder of the Buddha, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, Chiang Mai was built in the 19th century by King Keu Naone. On the way up we got to witness locals giving alms to the monks. One person suggested the names on the bells are of those who have passed, but I couldn’t confirm this. As we were sitting there, a cat kept creeping in the restaurant and meowing really loudly. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand.As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chiang Mai, the temple receives thousands of visitors each year.Access to the temple. Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Housed inside one of its more modern structures were two small depictions of Buddha. Temples . I’ve been to Thailand once before, but missed my chance at visiting Chang Mai. Otherwise, a day trip to the temple makes for a refreshing and culturally interesting day (or half-day) excursion from Chiang Mai. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: DO NOT USE SONGTHAEW!! . It only took about 10 minutes to walk there. This should cost 300 THB for one way (as many people as you can fit), or 500 THB if you want the driver to wait at the top and bring you back down after visiting the temple. 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