Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Place guide

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Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

The quintessential image of Chiang Mai with its large gilded chedi, Doi Suthep is a significant part of Chiang Mai’s cityscape and a religious symbol heavily embedded in Thai culture.

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The quintessential image of Chiang Mai with its large gilded chedi, Doi Suthep is a significant part of Chiang Mai’s cityscape and a religious symbol heavily embedded in Thai culture. 

Built in the 1380s during the Lanna Thai period, old legends tell the story of how an elephant was chosen to scour the countryside, and when it reached the current temple site, it trumpeted, circled three times, knelt on the ground, and died. This was taken as a sign, and thus the temple was built.

One of Thailand’s famous temples, Doi Suthep has an impressive view overlooking the city from its spectacular mountain location. Many local and foreign visitors flock to the temple, as it is considered one of the most holy Buddhist sites in the country

Gold-plated from top to bottom, and known for its bell shaped chedi which stands 48 meters high, you can see the peak of its golden pagoda from across the Ping River.

Explore the other temples around the area with this Doi Suthep Temples at Sunset Tour.

Good to know

  • While a popular tourist attraction in Chiang Mai, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is first and foremost a sacred and religious site, and must be treated with respect.
  • The climb to the top of the temple is approximately 200+ steps. The walk is steep and may be tiring for those who are not fit, but it is well worth the view.
  • It is advisable to wear clothing that covers the legs, shoulders, and feet as Thai temples generally have a strict dress code. People who do not follow the dress code may be denied entrance.
  • Refrain from conversing with the monks, as it may distract them from their meditation.
  • Entrance fee: Approximately 30-50THB
  • Operating hours: 6:00am to 8:00pm

How to get there

Located approximately 15km from the city center, you can find the Doi Suthep complex on Highway 1004. You can choose to rent a car or motorbike via route 1004 northwest. Keep driving straight for 15km, then proceed to the top of the mountain. 

The travel time from the entrance to the top of the mountain should average around 20 minutes. Alternatively, you could take a songthaew from the Chiang Mai University Huay Kaew Road entrance.

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