Our final stop in Chiang Mai is the most popular temple in the city: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, or Wat Doi Suthep.
This Buddhist temple is 15 kilometers away from Chiang Mai city center and located at the mountain named Doi Suthep. The temple was built in the 1300s and is considered one of the major places of worship in the city.
From the Warorot Market, we hired a songthaew for 360 Baht (Php 490) to take us to Doi Suthep and back.
|our spacious songthaew|
There's a less expensive option to go to Doi Suthep, but we didn't have much time because we have to catch our flight back to Bangkok that afternoon.
The entrance fee to the temple is 30 Baht (Php 40). There are two ways to reach the temple from the road: climb 309 steps or ride the cable car for 20 Baht (Php 27). We chose the latter.
|cable car to Wat Doi Suthep|
|309 steps to the temple|
We took off our shoes as soon as we reached the temple.
We got inside the main temple, where most visitors gather and pray.
The temple is majestic, with Buddha statues placed on each corner possible.
There are people praying while walking around the pagoda. I was intrigued but wasn't too enthusiastic to try.
We were encouraged to write our names in the cloth which will be covered around the pagoda.
Going down, we decided to take the stairs instead.
On our way down, we met some little Thai girls wearing traditional costumes. You can take photos of them as long as you give them tips.
There are a lot of stores where we bought some souvenirs and some snacks.
I wish we had more time to visit Bhubing Palace, located a few kilometers away, but we needed to go back to our hotel and to the airport to fly back to Bangkok.
Note: 1 Baht = Php 1.36