Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
4.5
Lookouts • Observation Decks & Towers • Religious Sites
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Located high in the hills above Chiang Mai, this magnificent temple was commissioned by King Kuena, ruler of the region from 1367-1388.
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thanaphat
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand9 contributions
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Oct 2020 • Friends
"Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Ratchaworawihan" is a second-class royal monastery located on "On Doi Suthep", only 6 kilometers from Chiang Mai city, 16 kilometers up the mountain. There is a chedi in the style of Chiang Saen. The high base recessed the octagonal bell corner is covered with 2-storey jango gold. The courtyard of the chedi is a viewpoint of Chiang Mai city. The way up is a seven-headed Naga staircase made of cement.
Written June 10, 2021
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Sitanat Ariyatanisakul
7 contributions
trip to Chiang Mai
Aug 2020 • Family
who came to chiang mai You must visit and pay respect to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This is the check-in point for everyone in Chiang Mai. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep It's a shady temple, now it's convenient with electric trams to pay homage to the relics above The parking lot can be parked below. After paying homage to the relics of the Buddha image, we come to take photos and see the view of Chiang Mai city.
Written June 8, 2021
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Kovit S
Bangkok, Thailand597 contributions
Very Special!
Feb 2021 • Couples
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 arrived the temple at 6pm and evening chanting was in process. Very special, peaceful and spiritually uplifting to be able to sit in whilst chanting was in process.
Written February 27, 2021
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Delaney
Singapore, Singapore222 contributions
Beautiful
Jan 2021
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 worth the walk through the numerous steps. The infrastructure is very well maintained and clean. The viewpoint was just breathtaking; it was a great to catch the sight of Chiang Mai alit at dusk. Lots of beautiful adornments and intricate wood carving are also worth exploring throughout the temple. Other than that, my companion and I were lucky enough to behold and also participate in circulating the main golden stupa, carrying large yellow sheet of exquisite silk along with all the visitors there. The large silk sheets were intended for wrapping around the base of the stupa; although, I don't much on the details behind this intriguing ceremony. Overall, a beautiful temple in great weather and also an incredible experience! Absolutely worth visit when in Chiang Mai!
Written January 8, 2021
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melkeet
Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
Wat on the Hill
Jan 2020
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 tale of a white elephant bringing up the hill, a Buddha relic, placed by a king on its back. On reaching the top, the elephant trumpeted three times, and died.
Once we reached the temple's base, we took a tram up the hill. The other alternative was to walk up 309 steps to reach the pagoda. As with all Thai temples, there was a chedi which was gold plated. In the compound, there was also a white elephant stature, reminding of the tale, connected with the temple’s establishment. There was also a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh. Place on one side, were a series of temple bells, touched by devout Buddhists to bring good luck. The Wihan had a two tiered roof and contained Buddha statues in different styles.
Discreet clothing is required with the shoulder and knee covered. You need to remove shoes to enter the building. The weather was pleasant as its location was on a mountain. We spent about 1 hour here.
Written December 26, 2020
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Sam Richardson
Bangkok, Thailand22 contributions
Fantastic temple perched on a scenic mountainside
Oct 2020
Stunning temple in a beautiful location, perched on a mountain. When I visited with a friend we walked to the temple from our hotel in Chiang Mai, and it was about a three-hour walk in each direction. Would really recommend doing the walk if you have time and are happy walking because the views are spectacular - but beware that it is pretty long (we did 52,000 steps and 36km) so wear good shoes. We stopped for water and street-food at a rest-area halfway up the road and then again at the temple which helped break up the journey. The temple itself makes the whole journey worth it - it is in fantastic condition and is elegantly and luxuriously decorated; well worth a visit!
Written October 21, 2020
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Carl G
Siem Reap, Cambodia153 contributions
Tired but still worth a visit
Oct 2020 • Solo
I guess it must be over a decade since I travelled to Chiang Mai and thence to Doi Suthep but seemingly little has changed. Covid has obviously taken its toll with very few visitors around, mainly Thai but the odd farang lumbering up the countless stairs in order to avail themselves of the breathtaking views. Today CM was not visible and instead, I got to see a sea of clouds which was beautiful and impressive. The temple itself is the normal eclectic mix of elephants, giants, carvings gold and lots of saffron robed monks. Certainly not to be missed.
Written October 21, 2020
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juSS
257 contributions
Beautiful Temple and grounds
Nov 2019 • Family
There’s no doubt that this temple and the grounds are beautiful. And of course it would be better it nobody else was there but there is a reason we all decided to go; it is a tourist spot to enjoy the beautiful temple and the views from the top.

First - it is not the easiest of places to get to if you are staying in the centre of Chiangmai. There are shared transport options as I understand, but if you are with a group or elderly, it is better to hire a private transfer. Usually this will cost about 800-1000 for a 7 seater, probably a few hundred less for a car for four people. I managed to find a few options online and chose the best option.

There is an entrance fee for foreigners but it is not extortionate. And you can walk up, there are steps. The elevator option is useful if you do not want to walk or cannot walk easily as there are many steps - the elevator option is an extra 20 or so bhat. Usually there is a queue as only so many people can go at one time, but it should move quickly.

The temple and grounds itself has many parts to it so it will take time to walk around and take it all in. The views from the top are lovely too (on a clear day).

Recommend to wear footwear that is easy to remove and step friendly and check you are wearing suitable clothing - it is a temple!

There are people who bug you along the way. We noticed some young kids dressed up in sort of fancy dress. It seems tourists take photos and this triggers a request for money. Personally I have no desire to take photos of random kids (bit strange), but if you do... have some money - it’s their family’s source of income.

It may seem like “another temple in Thailand” but each one is unique and this is worth visiting in my opinion if it is a clear day, you have enough time in Chiangmai and not on a super tight budget.

Not five star as there is improvements that should be made to managing and maintaining the grounds a bit better considering that tourists are charged a fee.
Written September 19, 2020
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Kit T
38 contributions
Incredible
Feb 2020
Stunning place. Really helps you to absorb the culture. You can take steps or cable car, both good. Really lovely place to see monks practising and very peaceful.

Stunning at sunset.
Written August 11, 2020
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YeYeLaLa
Bangkok, Thailand13 contributions
Officially Arrived at CNX
Aug 2020 • Family
Always love to come here in the evening. Golden Holy pagoda, Sun set, and a whole city of Chiang mai.
Written August 8, 2020
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