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Wat Phakhao Temple

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Wat Phakhao Temple

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Rachadamnoen Soi 2 Si Phum Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
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Doi Suthep Temple: Amazing Mountaintop Sunrise Tour and Stunning City Views
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Doi Suthep Temple: Amazing Mountaintop Sunrise Tour and Stunning City Views

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See the gleaming golden spire and elaborate sculptures of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in peace and quiet on this serene sunrise tour. Watch the light spill across northern Thailand from one of the region’s highest points, and witness a morning alms-giving ceremony that most visitors miss. Your guide is a former monk, so you'll get first-hand insight into temple life and the Buddhist faith. A delicious Thai breakfast is also included.
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David P wrote a review Jan 2020
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions3 helpful votes
Be sure to visit this one. The interior is splendid and very popular with local Thais. The gold leaf encrusted sacred statues alone are wonderous.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Beth wrote a review Jan 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom764 contributions99 helpful votes
Very small temple, I think it was free to get in. The buddhas are all lit up by multi coloured changing lights! Loved it! Don't need long here
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Date of experience: January 2020
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eatadventuretravel wrote a review Dec 2019
Bowie, Maryland30 contributions9 helpful votes
Wat Phakhao Temple was the first temple I visited during my trip to Chiang Mai. It's small, beautiful and uncrowded. It is a beautiful place to meditate and reflect.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Dan M wrote a review Oct 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel14,334 contributions3,899 helpful votes
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We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival), and we had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City. We had pin pointed the most famous ones like Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara and Wat Phra Singh which are truly amazing and inside the Old City, meaning you don't need a cab to go there like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This Temple was not planned at all and therefore may be called a hidden gem: it is not famous nor visited by tourists. We just happened to find it on our way back to our hotel every night when we were coming back from the city center. And night is exactly the right time to visit it. I have attached several pictures, hoping to give kind of a feeling of this place... Actually, and following this experience with this Temple, I would recommend double visits to the Temples, if you can afford the time and the effort of course, and if they are opened at night: the atmosphere and the sights are really different. The silence, the darkness combined with bright lights and smooth illumination of the building makes the atmosphere almost magical. Something very special or even surreal by all means, a totally different experience.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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DavidWGrant wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas140 contributions323 helpful votes
At Wat Phakhao, there is always something going on, and it clearly has a prominent place in the lives of its neighborhood residents. My wife found it a comforting place to meditate a while, and it is little visited by tourists. I found its architecture uninteresting, its layout not particularly conducive to photography, and overall it was, for me, a place we should have left off the itinerary
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Date of experience: September 2019
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