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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #3 of 111 attractions in Chiang Mai
Type: Religious Sites, Observation Decks/ Towers, Lookouts
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Wat Phra Doi Suthep is beautiful- located on the hills - it is a 30 min drive from the city centre. The cable car can be used by aged travellers who... more »
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This temple is very beautiful & a lot of time & care clearly goes into keeping it looking so nice, however, it is so packed with tourists that it takes something away from the magic that temples possess. My partner & I were lucky enough to be taken by a friend to a different temple beforehand which was much more... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went there in the afternoon, rented one of those red pickup cars. It was 100 baht return. The temple has a great view of the city, and it is a big one. Don't forget to use appropriate clothes, no shoulder and legs showing. They have a small market at the bottom of the temple, full of souvenirs. You have... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting wat to visit and if you are lucky and it is not hazy out you get a great view of Chaing Mai from the wat. You either have to walk up 300+ steps to enter the wat or take the funicular for which there can be a long wait. Our guide knew where the service funicular... More

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Close to the city, but another wonderful world. Whole experience was outstanding, even the long, long staircase. View of the city was outstanding

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This Wat was very busy which took away from some of the experience, but the 30 minute ride up the mountain just to get to it was gorgeous and the temperature much cooler making the whole journey very enjoyable. We did still appreciate the very spiritual vibe once we reached the top and walked through the actual temple. Plus the... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Don't miss this. Take the elevator up to the Temple - 50baht - and walk down the steps. Thailand's 2nd holisest place with great views of Chiang Mai and the old city on a clear day. You can get drinks at the top nice hot and iced coffees and ice cream. Small shop selling a few unusual triinkets near coffee... More

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Khon Kaen, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

When people think about Doi Suthep, they really mean Wat Phrathat. Dating back to 1383, the pilgrimage site requires a 309-step climb or a 30 baht fee (about $1 USD) to take a tram - that's on top of the climb your songthaew or motorcycle will make. This is not a motorcycle trip for beginners - it's a twisty uphill... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Loved this temple, it boasts a great view of the city and the drive up is beautiful. You are basically surrounded by the jungle and its very impressive for someone who has not been around this kind of vegetation. The steps up are really not as bad as we thought they were going to be, I would say a good... More

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Meath
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a great experience. A temple on the top of a mountain with stunning views of Chiang Mai. Experience the monks chanting and see how they live. Definitely worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This temple is stunning and well worth a visit. If you purchase a bell this can be hung at the temple. Absolutely stunning place to visit.

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