"Nice view from the mountain" Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist Temple Tip by PS_Lee81
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep - Buddhist Temple, Chiang Mai: 65 reviews and 157 photos
Wat Phra Doi Suthep is situated on a mountain at the west of the Chiang Mai city. According to the legend, the King chose the spot where the white elephant carrying the sacred relics died.
You have to take a public or charter songthaew up to the mountain. We went in a group of 8, so we charter a songthaew from our guesthouse for THB 500 (2 ways). I figured it out to be cheaper than taking public songthaew if you're travelling in a group. Then there are another 300(+?) steps up to the wat, or using the tram is you are lazy enough... I'm not sure how much the tram cost as we were brought right to the steps. Along the steps, there are the body statues of the 'Naka' (dragon-like creature without any leg) which is said to be the protector of the Buddha when he got the englightment... I think it wasn't that tiring climbing up the stairs as we took a lot of photos along the way. As for the entry fee, it is free is you are Thai, but for foreigners, you will be charge THB 30 per person to enter the wat.
The wat is amazing... There is a big golden pagoda in the main hall and i can see a lot of peoples praying and asking for amulet. You can go forward to the monk and ask for amulet, which was some strings tight to your wrist. It is believed to bring good luck to you. Remember to donate in the return favor.
Outside the wat, there are a lot of bells hanging around the main hall. I'm not sure what are the bells for but they make up a nice background if you took photo from certain angle. At the backyard, there is a viewing deck where you can catch the best view of Chiang Mai city and the airport from the mountain. But you also have to be lucky because they said the pollution rate in Chiang Mai is getting worse and worse and most of the time what you can see is only the hazardous air...
Directions: To the west of Chiang Mai old city. Follow the Huai Kaew road and you will end up at Wat Phra Doi Suthep.
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