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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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