Wat Phra That Doi Saket

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MacLancashire
Leamington Spa, UK238 contributions
Jan 2020
You might be forgiven for thinking that you are approaching another beautiful Thai Buddhist temple. The architecture, the Buddha statues, the view over the plain below ... it's lovely.
But its uniqueness resides in the main hall where there are some remarkable modern wall paintings. The central figure in each is a naked man, not Buddha, and he is depicted in prayerful poses combating the temptations of earth. They are beautiful and well worth a visit/
Written January 30, 2020
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DanielNorfolk
Norwich, UK280 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
My weekday visit was peaceful and relaxing, as I was one of only a handful of visitors. Steps lead to a temple whose walls are decorated with modern art rarely seen in temples in Thailand. There is a 10-metre-high gold-coloured statue. You can enter the white chedi and see the golden chedi within. The wat is situated on a mountain, so offers impressive views. The grounds also house a line of boards depicting amusing Thai idioms translated into English.
Written December 19, 2016
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vchotnop
Bangkok, Thailand25 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
This is the Serene Buddhist beautiful temple in Doi Saket district 20 km from Chiang Mai near San Khampang hot spring that you can enjoy trekking to the pagoda on the hill
Written November 6, 2019
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MillertheWriter
22 contributions
Oct 2019
Getting to Doi Saket was an adventure - luckily our driver Aa was skilled and patient. The road was clogged with cyclists, joggers, pedestrians, scooters and cars meandering between lanes. But the trip was worth it. Even though the sky was overcast, we had great views of the Chiang Mai skyline.

The sacred spaces were magnificent. The funicular up the hill to the temples coast 30 baht (about $1). Unless you are very fit and don't mind climbing/descending in the stifling heat, forget taking the hundreds of stairs.

What a tribute to man's ingenuity and religious commitment. Although there were lots of people, it didn't feel crowded. Unlike some other holy places we've visited in other countries, the mainly Thai visitors were quiet and respectful.

I figured out why so many people wore socks - you walk around most of the time without shoes, so if you don't want your bare feet exposed to random stuff on the ground, cover them up!
Written November 1, 2019
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j1954g
Tetbury, UK3,290 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
An interesting temple about 40 minutes north-east of Chiang Mai. Situated on a hill above Doi Saket village, this temple contains a set of beautiful paintings executed by the same Thai artist who designed the famous White Temple at Chiang Rai. I'm not sure what all of them depict, but they are certainly food for thought ...

You can walk up a "naga staircase" but our songthaew driver took us to the temple itself - the road up the hill from the village is not particularly steep or long - and the trip from Chiang Mai to Doi Saket costs 40 THB each way. Pick up a songthaew behind the Chiang Mai riverside flower market - locals will show you the exact location.

Illustrated boards in the grounds - not on the same artistic level as the paintings - are very amusing and depict Thai/Buddhist idioms.

A small coffee shop on the grounds near the entrance is run by very efficient and friendly staff, and the coffee is extremely good.

No entrance fee, and parking available. Very few other visitors.

A good place for an excursion to get some fresh air in Chiang Mai's smoky/burning season, and can easily be combined with a trip to the nearby Tweechol Botanic Gardens (where swimming is available in a beautiful pool for a very small fee), or with visits to other local attractions.
Written March 16, 2019
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JamHam
Olathe, KS706 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Beautiful temple high above with very few people. Walk around the large grounds and view the valley below. Try to go when it is not smoky season as the view is impaired
Written March 19, 2017
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Asian_Wanderer888
München, Deutschland1,186 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
The trip to Wat Phra That Doi Saket is a nice half day trip to a country temple which is less touristy and compared to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep you get free parking and free entrance with wonderful local people around. There is no mass tourism here unless it is a buddhist holiday and lots of worshippers come to the temple. Unlike at many other temples here you can actually walk inside the Pagoda itself. I usually hire a car with a driver or rent a motorbilke to get to the temple east of Chiang Mai. Combining the visit of the temple with a tour through the villages or go through the backroads to San Kamphaeng can turn into a really nice and quiet day trip.
Written December 25, 2016
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Jim A
Portland, OR436 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
The temple grounds and artifacts are beautiful and beautifully maintained. However, we really enjoyed buying food at the central market and giving alms to the monks at sunrise in nearby Doi Saket. If possible, it's worth getting up early and combine alms giving with a tour of the temple. You can either walk up a few hundred steps to the front or drive around to the back of the temple. Either way, it's worth a look.
Written April 7, 2015
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Dean S
Doncaster, UK5,098 contributions
Nov 2019
Nice temple with a fair amount of shade. High up so you get a good view of the surrounding countryside. You don't pay anything to wander around the grounds of this temple. Worth spending 15 minutes or so to wander around
Written November 28, 2019
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offtheaccpath
Maineville, OH82 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
My name is Nick Westermeyer. I am a quadriplegic from a gymnastics injury sustained at Michigan State University in April 1991 who is interested in global travel and participating in activities not normally associated with disabled people. I’m currently on an adventure that will explore worldwide handicapped accessibility. Many people have travel blogs, but there are none that I know of that come from the vantage point of a wheelchair user going off the accessible path.

There are two areas with about 10 steps to get up to the Wat. I was able to transfer out of my wheelchair and bump myself up the steps. Once up the steps, it is easy to get around.

Chiang Mai is not very accessible, I would recommended traveling with someone to help.
Written November 18, 2019
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