Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep

Climb the 309 steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a sacred Buddhist temple set on top of a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai. Take in extensive views of the city below before admiring the impressive artistry of the temple's main buildings and decorative flourishes. Said to have been established in the late 14th century, this well-maintained place of worship remains the subject of many myths and legends, with the truth of its construction and development still a mystery. The evocative design and enigmatic heritage create a powerful atmosphere in the secluded mountaintop location. If you'd rather skip the stairs, take advantage of the efficient tram service. Arrange your visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and discover more family-friendly attractions in Doi Suthep using our Doi Suthep visit planning site .
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  • to get there you must take the famous staircase with the Dragons for handrails. Once the atmosphere is almost mystical, shame about the too crowded with tourists ... We also witnessed a moment of recollection of the monks, really addictive.
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  • Thai temples are brilliant Moon Township and many larger temples also have DOI suthep painted with gold tinsel. Monks, who was also the local people offering prayer to pray there's been a lot of
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  • Beautiful experience...local shops with quick snacks or souvenirs. A must see while in Chiang Mai!!!  more »
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  • Wat Phrathat is a beautiful place to visit. The temple, with its 309 steps, is already an interesting thing to see, but what makes it really special is the view it offers of Chiang Mai from 700 meters (2300 feet) up. You get get there by car/songthaew/taxi or motorcycle from Chiang Mai in about 45 minutes. If you're feeling brave you can also go up there by bike, as I saw some people do. Once you arrive at the temple you can choose to walk up the 309 steps, or go by cable car if the former isn't a viable option. To enter, foreigners need to pay a small fee. I didn't mind this considering most foreigners see the temple as an attraction rather than a religious site. Also it might comfort you to know that the money is used for, among other things, maintenance, charity work and providing and improving education. It is advised to wear appropriate clothing. This mostly applies to women. If you wear sleeveless shirts or short skirts or pants, you'll have to rent a sarong (a strip of cloth) to cover the "inappropriate" parts. At the bottom of the stairs there are some food stands. Next to the temple there is also a cafe of sorts. If you are in Chiang Mai, I highly recommend you visit Wat Phrathat. It should be noted that it is mostly very crowded with tourists, so you might want to go early if you wish to avoid the business. It is one of the most important temples in Thailand and the view over the city and its airport is absolutely fantastic.
  • Quite impressive complex, i loved the green glass elements. Be aware, very crowded, especially while Buddhist holidays. Don't forget to dress appropriately since this is one of the most important complex where pilgrims come. Impressive view over the city of Chiang Mai. Road leading to the complex is really good. very charming place. You can also have a chat with monks on the side.
  • Honestly, this place is nothing special. It takes an hour to get there from the city. Doesn't feel sacred at all, everyone is just telling you to move so they can take a selfie. Sure it looks nice, but just a tiny bit better than the temples in the centre. Way too crowded! Be sure to dress appropriately. Entrance 30 baht. The trip is shorter than it says on google maps. The road up is really good!
  • This is a really amazing place go visit and I think you're trip to Chiang Mai would be truly incomplete without visiting this temple. Situated high on the mountains, the temple gives an amazing panoramic view of the city down below. The temple itself is stunning with countless gold Buddha. The stairs leading up are quite daunting, I will say. No shame in stopping a few times to catch your breath. Definitely visit this temple, you won't regret it!
  • One of the holy places by placing on a hill near the city. A long stairway leads to the temple. Very beautiful place, beautiful temple. The road to the temple from the city is new. This road will surely appeal to bikers. On the way, you can stop at a sight-seeing point from where you have nice view of the city. But you also have a beautiful view on Chiang Mai from the temple.

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