Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep or often referred to as “Doi Suthep” is one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. One needs to drive up the winding mountain road to reach the top. According to Joe, this temple is a ‘must see attraction’ if your are visiting Chiang Mai. Doi Suthep is my final stop for the day. Indeed a beautiful way to end a nice evening at the top of Chiang Mai.

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You can take either the stairs or lift for a small fee that will brings you up to the temple. Doi Suthep is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture. Upon entering the temple, you will be greeted by the golden spire. It does looks lovely amidst the sunset backdrop.

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You have to leave your shoes out when entering the temple compound.

Doi Suthep

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Pilgrims queue to leave lotus blossoms and other offerings at the shrines surrounding the temple, which are studded with Buddha statues in different poses.

The wall surrounding the temple has rows of Buddha statues flanked by colored murals depicting the life of Buddha.

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Doi Suthep compound.

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Bells line the grounds.

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There is a viewing terrace next to the temple offering stunning view of Chiang Mai. You can spot the airport from the viewpoint.

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Viewing Terrace

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Daunting 306 steps guarded by mosaic naga (serpents).

You can take the Red Songthaew, Tuk tuk or hire a driver to get to the temple.

Chiang Mai Travel Series | lonelytravelog.com

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