Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the must-see places in Chiang Mai. One of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand, this one, founded in the nineteenth century, has a mystique of its own and has become a unique pilgrimage destination.
Here the highlight goes to a golden Chedi with 25 meters of height and two statues of seven headed serpents, that flank the stairs for the temple. During the Tiaw Khuen Doi festival, a mass pilgrimage takes place. Believers walk to the temple to worship the relics of Buddha that are there.
It is located on a mountain, in Doi Suthep natural park, visible from the city. It is there that you will find the best perspective of the city.
On top of this, on Wat Phra That Doi Suthep dense forest slopes, some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the region are hidden. Mae Sa Falls, Monthathan Falls and Huay Kaew Falls. This last one, the most popular, is very close to the entrance of the park and is ideal for a moment, or even an afternoon of relaxation.
For being so vast, to explore the park a motorcycle is ideal. It should be remembered that being a sacred place, clothing should be adequate. As in almost all temples in Thailand, it is possible to rent a pair of trousers at the temple entrance.
50 bath ( 1,4€ / $1,5) if you want to up in a tram. Or, if you dare to walk it will cost a bit less (30 bath).
You can visit it from 6 am to 6 pm.
Location and how to get to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep:
To get there from Chiang Mai, take the 1004 road, walk for 15 km and you will arrive at the entrance of the park. It will take 15-20 minutes. You can also go from Song Thaews (minivans which are a kind of minibus), for about 150 bath ( around $4,70 / 4,10€). These operate from Chang Puak Market.