Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
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Moz Lof
10 contributions
Dec 2020
The National Park is located only 5km far from Chiang Mai city centre. It is very easy to go and it's one of the best place to enjoy outdoor. Don't loose too much time to visit the temple Wat Doi Suthep that is a bit overcrowded and of a small interest compared to temples in Bangkok.

The area is great for trekking, trail running and mountain biking. The jungle is deep and wild, the mountains are very high with great views, its possible to stop and eat at different small Hmong villages located at the foothill of the summit. It's definitely one of the best and most beautiful place in Thailand for outdoor activities.

First I went there by myself but it was complicated to go deep in the jungle and find long trekking routes because nothing is marked. I tried a couple of times then I decided to contact Thailand Mountain Trail. A friend told me about them because they created many hiking routes in the north so they can go organise real trekking trips high and far.

We went trekking from Chiang Mai until the highest summit at 1700m high. It was 6-7 hours trekking with an amazing jungle and a stunning view on the valleys at the top. Just amazing. I went back there 2 more times by myself and always enjoyed it.
Written October 25, 2021
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Chris R
Toronto, Canada98 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Nice viewpoint of Chiang Mai and old city. Visited just before sunset in hopes to catch a beautiful sunset but the viewpoints faces the opposite direction. Nonetheless, worth the little trip up to the park. There is a foreigner entrance fee (40 baht) but they did not check the tickets.
Written March 12, 2020
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Marilyn J
Edmonton, Canada51 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Took Grab Taxi from our place up to Doi Suthep. Went early in the morning 8:30. We climbed the 300 steps to the top- pretty easy cause the pitch wasn’t too high. Kids dressed in hill tribe clothes all along stairs-can take pictures with them for a fee. Market stalls are all over- food, coffee, clothes, scarves. The temple is beautiful and by 10 it was really crowded. Nice views at the top before you go into the temple. Foreigners pay 30 Bhat per person. One can spend a lot of time sitting and enjoying the view. Lots of shady areas to sit. Worth the trip. View of Chiangmai is fantastic on a clear day.
Written January 2, 2020
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ttocsttocs
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA8,112 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
On its edge, is this interesting unit of Doi Suthep National Park. I think it makes for a great little stop especially if you're visiting nearby Wat Umong. According to its signs, it's an education center so I imagine people come here (maybe school trips) to get educated. There are quite a few trails that I roamed for about an hour. I saw lots of wildlife, particularly buffalo (carabao?) and deer. Also there are some old Buddhist structures probably related to Wat Umong that I thought to be quite interesting. I think kids would like coming here to get close to the animals. Down the road from Wat Umong, there is a big sign with it's name near the awesome No. 39 Cafe where you turn to get here.
Written May 28, 2022
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands760 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We went up to the Doi Suthep temple (good for 10 minutes of walking around) with a red bus. It cost us 50 baht per person and it leaves from the bus station at the university. You can get there with another bus from your hotel for 30 baht.

Before going, download maps.me, it is a good app which shows the walking trail. The walking trail goes from the temple down to 2 waterfalls: Sai Yoi and Mon Tha Than.

The trails starts from the parking behind the temple. The red bus might drop you there. Also there is the back entrance of the temple: a concrete ugly stairs. This will get you passed the 30 bath entrance. We did this by mistake, that's how we found out.

The hike towards the waterfalls is not really easy. You have to trust on maps.me and sometimes there are trees on the trail. At a certain point just before the Sai Yoi waterfall, you will need to climb through branches of a big fallen tree. But trust me: maps.me has the right way.

You will finally pass both waterfalls and come to a campsite. Walking out of this campsite will lead you to the main road. This will bring you past a checkpoint. It you would go the other way, it would cost you 100 baht.

Walk a little on the main road and then maps.me will send you right at a certain point, off-road. There is a staircase there and the trail leads to a rocky area where a lot of monks do their daily business. It is a very nice area which is a short cut to the red bus station. Also here: if you would walk the other way, it would cost you 100 baht... don't know why. Don't exactly know what this is. There is a checkpoint marked on maps.me, so avoid it. Maps.me won't lead you towards it if everything goes well.

Then walk to the bus station and take a 30 baht bus back to your hotel (they will say 50 baht, which is a rip off).

This trail takes approximately 2,5 hours. The time that maps.me says is not true, since the trails aren't parts where you can walk 5km per hour. Look at my print screens for the details of maps.me to check if you have it right.

Enjoy!
Written May 12, 2017
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Alexander v
Helsinki, Finland24 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
NOTE: This review is not about the place itself (which is OK), but about the transportation towards it.

Don't get FOOLED! Going to this place won't cost you over 700 baht per person, take the public bus (within the Chiang Mai square), which will take you to the Chiang Mai Zoo for just 15 Baht, from there you take a red songthaew for 40 baht. On the mountain itself they (red songthaew) will take you back to Chiang Mai for 60 baht.

The view from the mountain is great, the temple itself is not special (I mean if you've seen 1 you've seen them all)

Written January 24, 2017
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lorettalau
Hong Kong, China284 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
At first we thought we need to go for a day tour to Doi Suthep. Later, we found out that we could go by ourselves. We took a ride of red car (20 bht each) from the old city to Zoo. Then , we got off and took another ride on red car (30 bht each) to go up Doi Suthep. It was a nearly 20 minutes ride to go up. Then, we arrived, we buy a ticket for 50bht (30 bht for entrance and 20 bht for the elevator). In fact, one might choose to walk up the few hundred stairs in 10 minutes. I would not feel it was a wonderful temple comparing to those in Myanmar. But from there you could have a nice panorama view of the city. You could see the Ping river, airport and landscape. Also, it would not cost you much to pay a visit there. Only half day would be enough. On your way back, also take the same route, we stopped by the nimmanhaemin road, where we would shop at the MAYA Plaza.
Written July 9, 2016
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Kate N
Denmark192 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
The temple is pretty nice, the trip is cosy on your scooter and the waterfall is quite nice.

Tips:
Get your taxi to drop you off at Maya Shopping Mall. From there walk towards the park, and stop,at Nat Motor (Honda) to rent a scooter for the day (300b).

Start early, remember warm clothes (it's cold at the top) and skip the royal park if you're in a hurry.
Written January 18, 2015
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Karen
Crookwell, Australia11 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
I travelled up the mountain in the late afternoon to see the view over Chiang Mai and waited there for sunset when the golden pagoda was lit up and it looked magic against the cobalt blue sky. The monks filed into the prayer house where they were chanting in front of the Buddha statue. The temple area was not overcrowded at that time of day, certainly worth a visit at that time. This was in November.
Written June 11, 2015
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Christy Moore A
Mandalay Region, Myanmar16 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
20 years ago I used to go out for several days with the trekking companies based in Chiang Mai to the northern forests. It was a great experience sleeping in various hill tribe villages. However it struck me as slightly daft to have to travel 3 hours to a trekking location when right outside the city is the Doi Suthep National Park which is accessible in 30 minutes from the city. No one seemed to be going there to trek, certainly not the commercial people anyway.

I spent many enjoyable hours tramping the trails that are scattered about the slopes using the army contour map and a compass to find my way around. You can follow the trail down from the top to the Huay Tung tau lake - a full day. You can visit the Hmong village ban Doi Pui and walk around there. A useful book is available in the bookshops and online which is Walking on Doi Suthep - a Guide to 20 day treks on Chiang Mai's Scared Mountain which has maps and instructions. It also gives a reasonable introduction to the culture,the climate and the forest.

Whilst I never got into trouble there walking alone, trekking on the mountain is not recommended for single females. Be smart, be safe go with a couple of mates.
Written March 3, 2015
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