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Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Chiang Mai)

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Presentation Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Thai name : วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ
My opinion:
The mountain of Doi Suthep overlooking the city of Chiang Mai and its top is one of the most popular temples of Thailand, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.Un long staircase where each ramp is a body of dragon and has 309 steps allows arriving at the temple (also exists for a cab ride without effort). From above, if the weather is clear, the view of the valley is superb.
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Chiang Mai Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai Doi Suthep Elephant

Practical information about Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Entrance to the temple: 40 baht
Price of the cable car to go up if you don't take the stairs: 50 baht
Note that it is also interesting to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at sunrise to attend and/or participate in the offerings to the monks and have the temple almost to yourself and you will then have to reserve your red car the day before.


To go visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep ?

A fifteen kilometers from Chiang Mai, the temple is accessible by a winding road up the mountain.
There is a Doi Suthep Line departing fromthe city, a little before Chiang Mai zoo and taking you to the temple for 30 THB per person. The red pick-ups of this line only leave when they have 10 passengers (or ask everyone to pay a little more). From Chiang Mai historical center or anywhere in the city, take a red pickup and tell Doi Suthep bus station to be dropped at the place from where the Doi Suthep Line departs (30 THB per person from the historical center). When you come back from Doi Suthep, you can be dropped directly at Thapae Gate by these same red pick-ups for 60 THB.
Otherwise, red cars offer you to take you to Doi Suthep from the city, wait for you when you visit and bring you back in town for 400 THB (no matter how many people). If you are more than two, it's probably better than using the Doi Suthep Line.
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Some tours going Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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

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
By TakeMeTour

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
By TakeMeTour

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 Phra That Doi Suthep 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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