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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. Plan to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Doi Suthep attractions using our Doi Suthep tour planner.
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  • We wanted to visit this temple as recommended by all the guides. It is true that the temple is beautiful and the view should be superb on Chiangmai (we had fog and we have seen nothing). But this place has completely was transformed by tourism. Arriving, it overflows with souvenir stands and taxis who pull themselves late for customers! Upstairs in the temple, entry fee for foreigners (good bath 30...) and hundreds and hundreds of tourists in all directions. I did really like the place because of that.
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  • Personally, DOI suthep and its vicinity when you go to the ruins of private travellers would be lugging a scooter. DOI suthep is a Buddhist heritage, but it's not such a big merit. So, only go to DOI suthep Sung Tae-woo followed by rather than going to ride and enjoy the scenery to be a scooter ride to and fro. Of course, drive safely!
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  • Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Mountain Temple is located at about 15 km from the city centre. A sacred place very well taken care of from which you can admire the whole Chiang Mai from above. A tourist destination!
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  • The car journey up the mountain is an interesting one. The roads are fine but the hills have a good gradient on them. Make sure that you stop off along the way up to take in the views of the whole of Chiang Mai as they are breathtaking. Once at the bottom of the steps to the temple, brace yourself as the steps get a little steeper and wider. The walk up is worth it as the spiritual feeling you get as you walk through the doors is amazing. Make sure that you take your shoes off and walking around the temple barefoot as a sign of respect and to keep the temple dirt free. You can see a monk and be blessed by them. Lots of people take gifts or if you don't have a physical gift then you can always leave money as a gesture for them. The temple is very peaceful and people are respectful of this. If you are in Chiang Mai then this is a must visit!
  • We definitely love this temple! The scene is magnificent and you can take really good photos here. It takes around 40mins motorcycle bike from CM old town and the ride to the temple is inside a national park and the view is amazing, especially the viewpoint that can oversee the whole Chiangmai city. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Beautiful, if not massively impressive in size, temple with fantastic views over Chiang Mai. Try to go on a clear day, and leave CM at 8am to beat the crowds. The cable car isn't necessary to get to the top of you are of average health or better. Also, the dress code didn't seem to be strictly enforced. Worth venturing a few minutes further away to the scenic Bhubing Palce, which makes a great combo.
  • Easily accessible through a songthaew, you could see a great stupa, different Buddha, bells, a great view of the city (Chiang Mai) and much more. Definitely a place to go to when in Chiang Mai.
  • Beautiful and recommended to visit. Having said this, the place is very crowded with tourists so recommended to go early. Also, being charged an entrance fee (foreigners only) to visit a religious site just didn't feel quite right.