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Doi Suthep: Chiang Mai’s mountain and its famous temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

If you are going to Thailand, you should definitely think about a short visit to the North of the country. Sure, island hopping in Southern Thailand is fun and who doesn’t like white sand beaches anyway? But Thailand has more to offer. Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand has become kind of a hotspot for nomads and the hipster crowd. It’s the mixture between a new urban style and old traditions which makes Chiang Mai so interesting.

A visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most famous temple in Chiang Mai.

It’s located a little bit outside the city centre on Doi Suthep mountain. The adventure already starts by getting there: only the red cabs will drive you up the windy streets through the woods around the mountain – and the drivers apparently don’t fear speed and/or the numerous bad curves. Chiang Mai cabs are also kind of special, as they only have slippery benches in the back and no door, so be sure to find something to grab on when you’re heading up Doi Suthep :)

View Doi Suthep Chiang Mai
Unfortunately, the day was a little bit cloudy.
Stairs to temple, Doi Suthep
The stairs up to the temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep with colorful dragons on the side.

The golden stupa of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Up at the temple enjoy the clean air and the golden stupa and buddhas – it’s just amazing!

Offerings Gold Flowers Temple

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Golden Buddhas in Doi Suthep
Golden buddhas everywhere.
Girl ringing bells in Doi Suthep
Everybody is allowed to ring the bells in the temple.
Sleeping dog in temple
Street dogs are welcome.



City centre – Doi Suthep and back by red cab ca. 400 THB for the whole cab, driver will wait outside for you (as usual, don’t be afraid to barter!)
Small entrance fee for foreigners at the temple


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