A Favorite Chiang Mai Temple
On every trip, I try to ride my motorbike up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a beautiful temple on the top of the mountain just outside of town. The view of the Chiang Mai valley is breathtaking on a clear day. I go to the shrine in the back of the temple and receive a blessing from the presiding monk. —Andy Ricker
Buddhas in Monochrome
A row of Buddhas at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep temple is located at the top of the mountain that looms over the city of Chiang Mai and is one of the most famous and sacred temples in Thailand.
Doi Suthep Rituals
A young girl pouring oil into lanterns that are always kept burning at Doi Suthep Temple in Chiang Mai
Doi Suthep Lotus
Long stemmed lotus flowers that are held by Theravada Buddhist devotees as they recite Pali scripture and mantras.
Good luck charm
We climbed about 300 steps up the peak of Doi Suthep to visit Wat Phrathat. The monk did a blessing for us and gave each one a bracelet to wear for good luck.
By Minh Nguyen
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Although this temple is a main tourist attraction and is generally busy, it is definitely worth a visit. Located on a mountain 15km outside of Chiang Mai, you can feel the air temperature drop as you leave the city, which is always a good thing in Thailand! Food and souvenir stalls line the way up the stairs to the temple entrance, with the vendors supplying multiple photo opportunities. The temple itself is of course gorgeous, as most temples in Thailand are, but also make sure you go to the viewpoint up there as the view of Chiang Mai from up in the clouds is pretty special.
By Kat Payne
Atop the mountain
Gorgeous scenery, ultimate serenity and pilgrims make this a must-see stop in Chiang Mai. Temples, temples and temples may fill your Thailand itinerary, but this one should top the list.
The Iconic Naga Staircase, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, North Thailand
Doi Suthep Near Chiang Mai, Thailand
The Chedi at Doi Suthep looks pretty good considering it was built in 1383. Wonder how the "monuments" we are building now will look in 630 years.
Magic mountaintop temple outside of Chiang Mai
The first time I visited this place I could not believe how beautiful and inspiring it was. Legend has it that back in the day, people were trying to decide where to build a temple to house a sacred relic. The king strapped the relic onto the back of a white elephant and released it into the jungle. The elephant arrived at this very spot, trumpeted three times, and then died. It was interpreted as a sign, and the kind ordered construction for the temple to begin there. One time was not enough. I had to go back and back several times throughout my trip.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road Tambon Su Thep, Chiang Mai Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 295 002