A new addition to Thailand’s tourism that is already capturing most of the tourists’ hearts, the destination is “Chiang Mai”. A province of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai delivers a more peaceful, relaxed vibe and traditional culture, surrounded by mountainous terrain on all sides, making it feel as un-city as you can get. Better to visit if you want to spend time with your family.
That is to say, Chiang Mai has its own plethora of winning attractions including Doi Suthep Mountain, which boasts a spectacular view from the mountain summit. Doi Suthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai. Locals say you haven’t truly arrived in Chiang Mai until you’ve been to Doi Suthep.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Chiang Mai is a city filled with temples. As you explore the Old City you can’t walk more than a few feet without seeing one and they are all well worth your time as a traveler. But one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples, the one that crowns the Doi Suthep mountain on the western outskirts of Chiang Mai.
The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is the main destination for most people who visit Doi Suthep. The temple is one of Chiang Mai’s leading draws, seeing thousands of visits each day and one of northern. It’s a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture, reached via a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (mythical sea serpents). The climb is intended to help devotees accrue Buddhist merit.
What you need to know before coming to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?
There is a dress code to follow, as it is with all holy sites in Thailand. Tourists visiting the temple must dress politely: long dress or long pants whose length extends below the knees and cover up your shoulders. As for ladies or female visitors must wear shirts or blouses with sleeves and undergarments. Visitors must take off their footwear before entering the temple due to the pristine tiled floor.
The best time to visit the temple
The best time to visit the temple, as well as the mountain, is between December and March of the following year. The temple is open seven days a week, from 6 in the morning to 8 in the evening. Make sure to time your visit carefully as the temple can be quite crowded during the weekends.
How to Get to Doi Suthep?
There are several ways to get to Doi Suthep. Options include renting a car, a motorbike or scooter if you’re an experienced rider, hiking, getting a ride in a red truck that act as shared taxis all over Chiang Mai or hiring a red truck for the duration of your trip, or by using a guided tour.