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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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As the saying goes, if you haven’t visited Wat Doi Suthep, you haven’t visited Chiang Mai!

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Regrettably most other visitors to Chiang Mai have heard the same expression, so firstly we’d say avoid timing your visit on a weekend, long weekend or public holiday. Even on a low season weekday the scene here can become a bit of circus, so regardless of when you are going, it is well worth getting up there as early as possible in the morning.

People come for the views... Photo taken in or around Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

People come for the views... Photo: Mark Ord

The 13th century temple is spectacularly sited on an east facing, flattened outcrop just below the summit of Doi Suthep. The mountain is in turn located just in front of slightly higher Doi Pui which together form the Doi Suthep-Doi Pui National Park. (Doi means mountain in the local dialect if you hadn’t already guessed.) A trip to the wat is typically combined with other sights the mountain and national park have to offer (read more in our corresponding ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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