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Wat Umong
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Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour
Ranked #16 of 251 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This unique 14th-century temple is built into the side of Suthep mountain and is constructed of a series of tunnels.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2014

We visited here whilst staying in Chiang Mai. The place is incredibly quiet and does seem to be a bit of a hidden gem compared to most of the other tourist attractions! Its very quiet, if not a bit confusing to walk around. The lake had turtles and giant catfish which were pretty cool to look at. We did leave thinking that we had maybe missed something as there isn't any tourist information when you get there so maybe it is worth reading up on it first!

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Make sure to organise your return trip”
Reviewed February 27, 2014

Loved the grounds at this temple - the quiet forest atmosphere, the lakes, the crazy catfish, the animals, the sound of monks chanting. Had a lovely chat with the guys selling fish food who advised there is an Australian monk living there currently who does teachings every so often. Interesting! We didn't think to have our driver stay for the return trip to town and it took a fair while at the gate before a red song teow came along for us to flag down. No tuk tuks either. So definitely organise with your ride to here to pick you up again for the return. I wouldn't come this far west again just for this temple, but if you have time to visit Wat Suan Dok as well and browse around the Nimmanhaemin neighbourhood that would make a nice morning or afternoon of sightseeing.

Visited January 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

A lovely tranquil place, that is well off the tourist trail, so it does take a little finding.
Free to get in, great tunnels under the main pagola of the temple.
It just all has a really nice feel to it.

Visited February 2014
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delightfully different and relatively peaceful”
Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

We took a red songtao here, arranging for the driver to wait for an hour or so, and then take us back to the old town. After asking a few drivers, 300 baht seemed to be the current price for this. Looked for but didn't see any songtaos there waiting to take people back to the town (in fact ours was the only songtao there the morning we went) so don't think you could risk only getting a one way drop off to start with, as it would be difficult to get back...
We arrived mid morning on a Saturday, so it wasn't deserted, but all the other visitors seemed to be Thai : )
Nice to visit a temple in this area that's a bit different - have only seen tunnel temples a bit like this in Burma before.
Like the previous post, we are photographers, so enjoyed taking photos of the stupa with decorative shade patterns of the trees, and the small buddah statue graveyard by the tunnels - and could have spent a little more time here.

Visited February 2014
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Glendora, CA
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“A nice retreat.”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

As far as Wats go, there really isn't much left of this one. The tunnels were interesting, with all of the alcoves and detached areas. So if you are looking for some large golden structure, you will not find it here. But what you will find is a couple of acres of wooded, shaded area that abounds with photographic opportunities for those who have an eye for that sort of thing. I loved the place for that reason.

You will NOT be bumping into other tourists, nor will you have crowds. What you WILL have is peace and serenity, and for that, I give Wat Umong 5 stars.

Stroll the grounds, take pictures, and enjoy the nature. I walked around to the right side of the lake and found some small deer, a few butterflies, and a couple of birds to take pics of. When you are done, or if photography is not your thing, you can always buy some bread and pellets to feed the catfish in the small lake, and the pigeons on the other side of the short bridge. In all honesty, I have never seen so many catfish gulping down food. I never was really sure which food was the bird food or the fish food, they ate it all.

Anyway, this is a nice place to just take a break from the crowds, take some pictures, and to enjoy the peacefulness and serenity of it all. I'd allow an hour to just walk through and see the place, but if you are interested in photography, and feeding the birds and fish, I'd allow 1-2 hours.

Visited February 2014
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