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Visit Wat Palad (Chiang Mai)

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Chiang Mai
Wat Sakithaka
Wat Sakithaka Wat Palad
Wat Palad White Buddha
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.


To go visit Wat Palad, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Wat Palad ?

To get to Wat Palad, you can follow the same directions I give to get to the Doi Suthep temple and get off on the road at the level of the temple. But I advise you to combine the two visits and visit Wat Pha Lat by descending from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

There is also a fairly nice trail in the mountain climbing to Wat Phalad for the bravest. It's called the Monk Trail, starts from this point behind the Chiang Mai University and Zoo. The climb to the temple takes about 45 minutes.

Some tours going Wat Palad

Sacred Jungle Trail Trek up to Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai

Sacred Jungle Trail Trek up to Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Trek up to Doi Suthep temple, the most revered temple in Chiang Mai with a guide starting from the monk's trail and then plunging into the jungle. You will come across a forest temple and hidden waterfalls.

Visiter le Doi Suthep et le temple Wat Palad

Visiter le Doi Suthep et le temple Wat Palad

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Visitez le temple Doi Suthep, le temple le plus célèbre de Chiang Mai avec une architecture Lanna exquise ! Vous pouvez également voir la vue panoramique de Chiang Mai depuis le sommet du temple. Ensuite, nous visiterons le parc national de Doi Pui et le temple caché appelé Wat Pha Lat Temple !

Alms Offering & Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai

Alms Offering & Temple Hopping in Chiang Mai

Offered in Englishenglish guide
In this trip, we will follow the guidance of a local to give your offering to the monks in the early morning. Most of common gifts are included rice, fresh fruit and traditional dessert in the alms bowl. We will then go on the the most important temple hopping in Chiang Mai and discover the ancient days of this peaceful city.

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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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