Trip Report: Thailand (part 16) Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

United Airlines 747 First Class Chicago (ORD) to Frankfurt (FRA)
Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt (FRA)
Thai Airways A380 First Class Frankfurt (FRA) to Bangkok (BKK)
Thai Airways 737 Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Koh Samui (USM)
Conrad Koh Samui
Mae Koh National Park Boat trip and Chaweng Beach
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Koh Samui (USM) to Phuket (HKT)
Naka Island a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa
James Bond Island and Little Island Boat trip
Phi Phi Island Boat trip
Patong Beach and Bangla Road
Air Asia Economy Class Phuket (HKT) to Chiang Mai (CNX)
Four Seasons Chiang Mai
ELE (Elephant Life Experience) Elephant Camp
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple
Bangkok Airways Economy Class Chiang Mai (CNX) to Bangkok (BKK)
St. Regis Bangkok
Dinner at Vertigo at Banyan Tree Rooftop
Chatuchak Weekend Market and Wat Pho Temple
Cathay Pacific Business Class Bangkok (BKK) to Hong Kong (HKG)
American Airlines First Class Hong Kong (HKG) to Dallas (DFW)

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple

While in Chiang Mai we decided to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple.  We asked our driver to pick us up around 4pm from the Four Seasons.  It took about an hour to make it to the temple.  The road is a very twisty on the way up and there are two lanes going up the mountain but only one lane for going down and there are plenty of motor bikes on the road to slow you down.

Our driver dropped us off and we decided he could meet us back at the drop off point in two hours.  We bought lift tickets for about $1-2 and waited just a few minutes to take an automated lift up to the top.  You could take the stairs but there are quite a bit and for only $1-2 we took the lift.  I think it was only a few bucks entrance fee/donation to visit the temple area.

There are some very beautiful structures and buildings decorated in gold around the temple area.  There are many visitors praying around the grounds and before you enter its mandatory to take off your shoes. There are shoe lockers outside the temple but we just left our Havaianas  flip flops on the ground with the rest of them before entering.

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One of the cool parts about visiting the temple is that its located so high up on the mountain that the best views of all of Chiang Mai can be seen from here. We stopped and enjoyed the views. You can also see the airport from here and see the planes takeoff and land.

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After about two hours of exploring it was time to walk down the many steps to meet our driver and have him take us into town for dinner.   This was a very interesting visit and its always a highlight to explore the local culture and customs and this is a great way to do just that!



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