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“Magic & Beautiful”
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Wat Umong
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Private Tour: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and City of Chiang Mai
Ranked #13 of 255 things to do in Chiang Mai
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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.
Reviewed March 24, 2014

N1. visit in Chang Mai. When you surpass the gate, you enter a parallel dimension. A peaceful place where you might find yourself wandering all alone among a few shy monks. All the oriental fairy tales settings are there: ancient Nagas and Buddha statues scattered around in a tidy disorder, birds around a bucolic lake, a monks’ village in the woods and a sacred cave. It’s just a must.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Thank Miss Moffat A
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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.

Thank Hils5
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