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Monk and huge chedi in the background - Chiang Mai

Monk and huge chedi in the background

The Forest Wat - Wat U-Mong (4) Wat Umong Review

The forest wat is located right outside of Chiang Mai city (on Suthep Road). It is home to a different type on monks, forest inhabitants. They try and live a natural life and learn nature. This is a complete wat system in the forest. There is a wise woods where important Buddhist phrases are written in trees. There is also an old Ceylon style chedi and a lake. Go to the lake, and there you can feed huge, and I mean huge, turtles. Some of the most amazing features of this wat are the ancient tunnels. There is an old complex system of tunnels inside the grounds, which are fun to explore. There are also old Buddhist ruins here, which have been featured in several foreign movies. This wat is also a must see!

Note that there are also many resident monks here. Their lives are very different in comparison to the city monks. You should try and speak with them and see if you can see the differences...

Address: Outside Chiang Mai city

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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Feeding the big turtles - Chiang Mai

Feeding the big turtles

The Forest Wat - Wat U-Mong (3) Wat Umong Review

The forest wat is located right outside of Chiang Mai city(on Suthep Road). It is home to a different type on monks, forest inhabitants. They try and live a natural life and learn nature. This is a complete wat system in the forest. There is a wise woods where important Buddhist phrases are written in trees. There is also an old Ceylon style chedi and a lake. Go to the lake, and there you can feed huge, and I mean huge, turtles. Some of the most amazing features of this wat are the ancient tunnels. There is an old complex system of tunnels inside the grounds, which are fun to explore. There are also old Buddhist ruins here, which have been featured in several foreign movies. This wat is also a must see!

Note that there are also many resident monks here. Their lives are very different in comparison to the city monks. You should try and speak with them and see if you can see the differences...

Address: Outside Chiang Mai city

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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Forest Monks - Chiang Mai

Forest Monks

The Forest Wat - Wat U-Mong (2) Wat Umong Review

The forest wat is located right outside of Chiang Mai city (on Suthep Road). It is home to a different type on monks, forest inhabitants. They try and live a natural life and learn nature. This is a complete wat system in the forest. There is a wise woods where important Buddhist phrases are written in trees. There is also an old Ceylon style chedi and a lake. Go to the lake, and there you can feed huge, and I mean huge, turtles. Some of the most amazing features of this wat are the ancient tunnels. There is an old complex system of tunnels inside the grounds, which are fun to explore. There are also old Buddhist ruins here, which have been featured in several foreign movies. This wat is also a must see!

Note that there are also many resident monks here. Their lives are very different in comparison to the city monks. You should try and speak with them and see if you can see the differences...

Address: Outside Chiang Mai

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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Ruins - Chiang Mai

Ruins

The Forest Wat - Wat U-Mong Wat Umong Review

The forest wat is located right outside of Chiang Mai city (on Suthep Road). It is home to a different type on monks, forest inhabitants. They try and live a natural life and learn nature. This is a complete wat system in the forest. There is a wise woods where important Buddhist phrases are written in trees. There is also an old Ceylon style chedi and a lake. Go to the lake, and there you can feed huge, and I mean huge, turtles. Some of the most amazing features of this wat are the ancient tunnels. There is an old complex system of tunnels inside the grounds, which are fun to explore. There are also old Buddhist ruins here, which have been featured in several foreign movies. This wat is also a must see!

Note that there are also many resident monks here. Their lives are very different in comparison to the city monks. You should try and speak with them and see if you can see the differences...

Address: Outside Chiang Mai City

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2003
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Monk - Chiang Mai

Monk

Wat SuanDok Wat Suan Dok - Buddhist Temple Review

This is also a nice wat located right in Chiang Mai city. There are many monks and Ceylon style chedis. Here you have a great chance of interacting with the numerous monks. Many foreigners are hesitant to speak with monks, but don't be, they love to talk about anything, from life to storytelling, to just practicing their English. This wat is also a must see!

Address: Wat SuanDok

Directions: Wat SuanDok, Chiang Mai

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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Monumental elephant chedi - Chiang Mai

Monumental elephant chedi

Wat Chedi Luang Wat Chedi Luang - Buddhist Temple Review

Wat Chedi Luang is an amazing wat located right in the center of Chiang Mai city. This wat once held the emerald Buddha. The wat is home to many monks, and feel free to talk with them. If you come at just the right time during the day you may get to go and hear the monks chant. Remember while inside a wat you must take your shoes off, sit or kneel down, and act respectfully. Also remember to never point your feet bottoms at anything or anyone. Listening to the monks chant is a great cultural experience. This is a must see and experience!

Address: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai Ciy Center

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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Buddha Immage - Chiang Mai

Buddha Immage

Wat PhraSingh Wat Phra Sing - Buddhist Temple Review

Wat PhraSingh is located right in Chiang Mai and is well worth a visit, even if it is a short one. It is a beautiful wat and decorated in great detail. There are many monks and don't be afraid to just start up a conversation with them. Feel free to ask them questions, they love to share their insights, as well as practice their English. Go for it! Travel is about human interactions!!

Address: Wat PhraSingh, Chiang Mai

Directions: Chiang Mai city

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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Climbing the stirs to the wat - Chiang Mai

Climbing the stirs to the wat

Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist Temple Review

Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep is am amazing wat located on a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai city. The wat is huge and decorated in great detail. There are no resident monks here, but there are always visiting ones. The architecture here is extremely ornate, to pin point detail. The wat is located up in the clouds and it is a must visit.

Note that there are a lost of tourists here, and there are some annoying hustlers at the bottom of the wat. Just ignore them, and say mai ao (I don't want it).

Address: Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep

Directions: Chiang Mai Vity area

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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