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Visit Wat Palad (Chiang Mai)

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Wat Palad

Thai name : วัดผาลาด

GPS : 18.799374,98.934322 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai


Wat Palad (or Pha Lat) also called Wat Sakithaka is probably the prettiest forest temple in Chiang Mai province. It is located a little outside the town on Mount Doi Suthep. It is unknown to many tourists who pass right by when they go to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep without stopping to visit it. I warmly recommend you not to be one of them !

In the middle of the forest, the temple is a beautiful haven of peace, in a garden with beautiful statues, full of small little details and even a small waterfall (dried in hot season). It is one of my big favorites temples in Chiang Mai!

The easiest way to visit Wat Palad is to take one of the famous Chiang Mai red cars that go up or down to/from Doi Suthep temple and stop on the way (I would recommend to visit this temple much quieter and cool after the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep). Just say ''wat palat'' to the driver. Once deposited on the side of the road, you will see 2 small sanctuaries. To go down to the forest part of the temple, take the path that goes down to the right of the building that houses the White Buddha (or take the road to the left if you are in a car or scooter). After the visit, you will have to go up to the main road again and hail a red car to return to Chiang Mai.

Practical information about Wat Palad

Admission is free

It seems that there is also a trail path in the mountain behind Chiang Mai zoo going to the Wat Palad but I did not (yet) tested.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Palad is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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