A short journey of around 15 kilometers (30 minutes) from the city of Chiang Mai is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most famous wat in Chiang Mai. The temple is often called “Doi Suthep” but actually that’s the name of the mountain it is located on (Mount Suthep). The temple was initially built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383 and still a working monastery today.
|Naga Serpent Staircase|
The drive uphill is already an adventure in itself, add up the good weather and what you’ll have is a promising day of fun and exploration! And since the temple is on the top of the mountain, expect a great panoramic view of the city.
From the car park, you have to take 309 steps of the intricately carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase to reach the wat. For those who are not capable of navigating the stairs, you can use the tram for 30 baht 1 way or 50 baht two-way. The entrance fee if 50 baht for foreigners.
|Doi Suthep golden spire|
Upon reaching the top and entering the vicinity, you will be welcomed by the sight of the golden spire located at the centre of the temple.
Around the spire you will find a lot of mini enclave and historical murals and shrines. You will even find a copy of the Emerald Buddha statue.
Sharing some snaps here:
|replica of the Emerald Buddha|
The temples and amazing architecture:
Gongs and bells near the viewing deck:
Around one side of the temple is the viewing deck which offers a panoramic view of Chiang Mai:
A local kid at the bottom of the Naga staircase ready to pose with you... for a fee.