Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Located high in the hills above Chiang Mai, this magnificent temple was commissioned by King Kuena, ruler of the region from 1367-1388.
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  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom337 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holiest site in Chiang Mai looks splendid at sunset
    Worth a visit. As the guide didn’t fail to repeat, the stupa contains a shoulder blade of the Buddha, brought up the mountain by the King on an albino elephant! It can be reached either by climbing 300 steps, or by funicular. At sunset the monks can be heard chanting, and the stupa looks glorious in the light. If you feel like it you can process three times around the stupa with a candle and lotus in your hand, stopping at every corner to pray, as we did. ;-)
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • Kate
    Washington DC, District of Columbia172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and gorgeous views
    What an amazing temple. Gorgeous. We arrived very early in the day and had the place almost to ourselves. It was so peaceful and quiet. I was really, really worried about all the stairs but there is an elevator!!! The view of Chiang Mai was outstanding, worth the trip alone! Doi Suthep is a must see during a visit to Chiang Mai.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Leylinedragon
    St. Petersburg, Florida85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Students adore this place
    I was traveling with 20 students and the stairs were difficult for many of them. There is an optional funicular for extra baht and several of us took that though it is quite slow. Gorgeous views and incredible photo opportunities, some of ours even look photoshopped! The market at the bottom of the hill does swift business and the favorite was the waffle bananas.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • David RZ
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene
    Came for sunrise, which was a beautiful experience. The forest temple a few kilometers downhill from the mountain-top temple was a surprise addition that our driver recommended, and I'm so glad he did. Few places in the world have made me feel so calm and aware. Glorious and meditative.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Daniel G
    Farnworth, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of the world!
    No need to do an organised trip as it’s very easy to take a pickup which will drop you right at the top - just the steps to climb or a cable car. The temple complex at the top is stunning and the views are great - you can see aircraft landing and taking off at the airport. Entry and cable car was 50 Bt each.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 August 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A journey of pilgrimage
    While tourists are visible atop Doi Suthep, the long and uphill (literally) journey from Chiang Mai to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is rewarding. The panorama of the Thai city is unparalleled. The temple complex is ornate and dazzling. It is also a local pilgrimage site with pious worshipers consulting monks on site. A Grab ride from downtown costs around 450 bahts with an additional 20 baht for the cable car ride.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Leo N
    Little India, Singapore7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (a must-visit in Chiang Mai!)
    Afternoon's the golden hour at Doi Suthep. Soak in the panoramic city view from the platform, watch the temple glow as the sun dips low, and choose your climb: conquer the 306 steps for a sense of achievement or take the funicular for a leisurely ascent. Inside, be dazzled by gold, intricate carvings, and serene courtyards. Breathe in the peace of chanting monks and discover hidden nooks for quiet reflection. Sunset paints the city in twinkling lights, casting a magical spell on the golden facade. Doi Suthep's more than a temple; it's a breathtaking afternoon adventure woven with golden light, city views, and a touch of serenity.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 December 2023
  • mlmdaisy
    Odessa, Florida18,710 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of steps
    I personally only saw some of this temple as the stairs were too much for me. I found out later that there was a lift? The number of vendors on the property was a bit distracting, although in retrospect I probably should have done some shopping. My partner did climb the steps and reported back that the temple was quite impressive.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Gary C
    1,302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View and Good Workout
    We took a private van from the hotel here. It dropped us off at the base of the steps. We ascended the steps and toured around the outer perimeter of the Wat and descended. It took 40 minutes. 30 baht per foreigner to enter. Good view of Chiang Mai. Lots of vendors at the bottom.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 January 2024
  • panda_rouge
    Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A scenic beauty with deep cultural significance too
    The mountain-top where the pagoda is located offers panoramic views of the entire city. Temple grounds are serene, the sculptures and structures resplendent. Very interesting to hear the history associated with Doi Suthep and get a chance to witness the monks chanting in the evening. Consider taking the cable car up and going down the naga staircase as climbing 306 steps upwards might be a challenge for some.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,79,805 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This hill and main temple is considered sacred by many Thai people thanks to it's legendary founding and Buddha relics contained in the stupa. Thai people can get into the compound containing the stupa for free, but foreigners have to pay an entrance fee. You will not regret having to pay though as the grounds are full of energy as Buddhist come to pray and worship. The compound seems to have been greatly influence by Sukhothai style of art as evidenced by the many statues and sculptures that surround the stupa.

The complex actually houses many subsidiary temples, which are free to visit. These temples are worth a visit in their own right.

If there was any criticism, it's that the place is over-commercialised for such a sacred place. There's even people selling lottery tickets.
Written 22 April 2024
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ErkiBear
London, UK395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing views from this temple. Came with a guide who used to be a monk so could tell us everything that was going on which was excellent. Had a blessing from a monk and stayed for the evening chanting which was very atmospheric. Recommended, one of the best temples we went to in Thailand.
Written 15 April 2024
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sophi3jane21
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We arrived to the temple whilst it was still dark, hoping to catch the sunrise from the viewpoint at the top. The steps to the top are long but stunning and enjoyed a peaceful walk around the top with the sounds of the jungle in the background. Would recommend this time if you like to explore without crowds as had the place almost to ourselves, plus the temperate was perfect. Unfortunately burning season had began when we visited in February so didn’t have the best / clearest view but was still worth going up. The temple itself was pretty but not our favourite in Chiang Mai, it is more the setting that makes it stand out.
Written 10 April 2024
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Chayanee Rattanasuwan
Thailand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is an amazing symbol of spiritual devotion and architectural excellence overlooking Chiang Mai, Thailand. Located atop Doi Suthep mountain, this sacred temple complex provides tourists with a stunning blend of cultural history, magnificent views, and calm mood. After going to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, i feel happy because i saw the beautiful temple and learned about Buddhism. I also feel peaceful because of the quiet gardens and the sound of bells ringing. Some people feel inspired to be kinder or more patient after visiting such a sacred place. And looking out from the top of the mountain, some tourists feel amazed by the stunning view of Chiang Mai. Overall, visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep leave me with good memories and a warm heart.
Written 26 March 2024
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Roger
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Amazing and serene place, totally worth a visit. You will truly feel blessed to be in midst of serenity. The monks chanting in the evening adds to the peaceful atmosphere
Written 19 March 2024
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MCH65
American Fork, UT365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What an amazing temple to visit. It was super cool to see this top of the mountain temple. The Funicular ride up the mountain was cool, but the walk down the stairs with the dragon tail stair railing was amazing. Unfortunately the main part of the temple was under construction while we were there and so it was surrounded by scaffolding and lots of works climbing around it. There was still plenty to see and worth the visit.
If you go, be sure and visit the jade factory about a block down the hill on the right side of the the street if you was walking downhill. They do tours and show how jade is carved and how they grade the different colors and qualities of stone. They will even be happy to sell you some jewelry, but it wasn't high pressure and a cool addition to the Wat Doi Suthep visit
Written 9 February 2024
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Yann Renaud
Switzerland811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The temple is relatively far away from the centre of Chiang Mai, but it is worth paying it a visit, as it is really impressive and moreover offers a great view over the city.
To access it you will have to take a grab (around 400-500 bahts for one way) or a red pickup (600 bahts for a privatised round trip). From there, you can also take a red pickup down, which will be 50-70 bahts per person.
Written 25 January 2024
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888travel
Karon, Thailand383 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I caught a songthaew to Doi Suthep from the centre of Chiangmai, which took about 45 minutes. Respect to all the cyclists who ride up the hill and all those bends!

I climbed the 300 steps to the temple which is currently under GOLD scaffolding. There was zero view because of the haze/pollution so it was a quick look around and then back down the steps. At the bottom are various touristy market stalls selling souvenirs and fruit. You don’t need more than 1-1.5 hours to climb up to the temple and look around so in reality it’s quite a long way to go.
Written 23 January 2024
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There is a lengthy drive up a hill until you get to the point where you can either walk or take a funicular up to Doi Suthep. At the top there is an ornate temple and impressive views towards Chiang Mai. You are encouraged to put a donation in an envelope and give it to one of the monks inside the temple in exchange for receiving a blessing. Our tour guide took a gift of a package of medicines and other items to give to the monk. This felt to me to be a manufactured and false event put on for the tourists to raise funds. While the temple and views are impressive, I'm not sure the experience was worth the lengthy journey to get here.
Written 19 January 2024
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ClunkNebbermorth
Cardiff, UK481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Glitzy and busy in equal meausure, but also atmospheric. Superb view over Chiang Mai. Plenty of gold. But there are a few quiet corners too!
Written 18 January 2024
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