Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep

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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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  • This is the most revered Wat in Chiang Mai and also one of the oldest. We have visited on previous trips and usually a bit overwhelmed by the number of visitors. Today we actually got late and...  more »
  • Visited this marvelous temple on the first day of 2021 - a gracious beginning to the year up on one of Chiang Mai's infamous peak. The temple itself was truly and incredible sight to see - truly...  more »
  • We visited this temple as part of a taxi tour with a tourist agency. It was about 20km from Chiang Mai. Our driver informed us that, this wat, was a sacred pilgrimage spots in Thailand. He narrated a....  more »
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  • I visited at night which turned out to be amazing. The gold really stands out and the peacefulness of this place can be felt. Not a lot of traffic around 7pm when I visited. Some great eateries nearby too. Find the white elephant inside after climbing the 300 plus steps!
  • Little touristy but I guess you have to live up with that. It's well maintained and the souvenirs shop over there are pretty interesting. We found some interesting goods at good deal (Please Bargain). I just felt in love with the Buddha Painting which I got there!!! Also, the food stalls out there are worth trying. Do visit if you are in Chang Mai.
  • Went to see the sunrise here, one of the best I've seen. Very easy to get to (can GRAB here in the early morning at 5). The temple itself is very good, I managed to catch the monks during their morning prayers. Also, a monk randomly (and luckily) showed me around the place; blessed me with water, candles, incense, flowers, was one of the more epic temple experiences in Thailand.
  • Quite crowded but golden temple and pagoda are very beautiful. Encourage to walk stairs up if you are fit to get some sense of accomplishment while exercise. The cable car wait line could be quite long during busy season. Make sure to dress and behave politely inside.
  • Absolutely stunning. Would definitely recommend going here. Also make sure to walk to the far back right side of temple for a amazing view of Chiang Mai. I would recommend just grabbing a taxi off the side of the street and not doing a tour. You will pay 600 baht or less for the trip there and back total plus 30 baht per entry instead of paying 500 - 600 baht per person on a tour. Went at night but I’m sure the day is great too especially for walk up to temple.

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