Photo: Expect to see a Buddha or two.

Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi (Temple of the Four Buddha Footprints)

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Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi, located in Mae Rim's Salouang district some 70 kilometres from central Chiang Mai, is a relatively new temple that houses four famous footprints of the Buddha.

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Though it’s a highly prestigious and popular temple among Thais, very few foreigners make it out here, which is a shame since it’s a picturesque spot, with a lovely drive to get there, making it an interesting day or half-day out from Chiang Mai.

Weather closing in. Photo taken in or around Wat Phra Phutthabat Si Roi (Temple of the Four Buddha Footprints), Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Weather closing in. Photo: Mark Ord

It’s remoteness and the difficulty of access accounts for the lack of tourists—we’ve never found any organised tours here and it’s impossible to reach by public transport—but if you’ve rented a motorbike or are prepared to hire a songthaew for the day, then it’s worth the effort. While the temple is very well signposted, all signs are written in Thai but they have a picture of the Buddha footprint on them, so just follow the pictures (if you can’t ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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