Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 8: Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 8: Doi Suthep

It’s Sunday, the only day wherein I can go  out and see Chiang Mai while I am attending an advanced leadership course in the Rose of the North– Chiang Mai. Our destination that Sunday was   Doi Suthep  a mountain located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. It is 1,676 m tall and is one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain located west of Chiang Mai.  Doi Suthep is located 15 km away from Chiang Mai city center. Most of the bedrock of the mountain is said to be  granite.   The Doi Suthep – Doi Pui hill is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range, the southernmost subrange of the Shan Highland system.

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The Wat  or the temple can be reached by road from Chiang Mai. From the car park at the temple base, visitors must  climb 309 steps for free to reach the pagodas  the easy option  is a tram. Entry to the temple on the tram would cost 30 Thai baht for foreigners (or 50 baht if you would like a two-way tram ticket included) , but  free for the  Thai nationals.

As soon as we reach the temple grounds  we were greeted by Thai Kids playing Thai Music with their traditional musical instruments while the girls dance gracefully.

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Once inside the temple grounds; visitors must take off their shoes. Visitors must be appropriately dressed. The original copper-plated chedi is said to be the holiest area of the temple grounds. Within the site were  pagodas, statues, bells, and shrines.   Views of Chiang Mai can be seen on the other side of the temple.

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As soon as we  explored  the place  we decided to go down using the 306 steps. At the base of the hill were various shops selling various colorful Thai items including food.

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If you are a traveler, try buying  some souvenirs here, as  these  stalls also sells at a cheap price. Just learn how to bargain, though.

doi suthep

HAPPY TRIP CHIANG MAI , THAILAND SERIES:

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 3 – Chiang Mai: The Rose of the North

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 4 – Alpine Golf Resort My Home for the Whole of March

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 5: Central Airport Plaza

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 6: Kantoke Traditional Dinner Show

Chiang Mai , Thailand Part 7: Night Market

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 8: Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 9: What to Buy

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 10: Elephant Ride

Chiang Mai, Thailand Part 11: Walking Street Market (Sunday Market)

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12 Comments:

  1. Thailand is so beautiful. I have not visit that place. I watch some shows and am amazed, it looks paradise to me.

  2. Thailand is known for cheap fashionable clothing, I’ve been only to Bangkok, and known of Chang Mai as the venue of the Asian games a few years back..

  3. Thailand is such a majestic place. It’s filled with beautiful sites. I’d love to visit it someday.

  4. What a nice place to show us, it’s beautiful to see some parts of the country where I planned to visit the next time we pass by Asia.

  5. Thailand is one beautiful country. I wish to explore there with my family someday.

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