The sharper edge to traveling in Asia

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jun• 08•10

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

At 1685 meters, the mountain of Doi Suthep overlooks Chiang Mai to the east, providing wonderful views, nature trails, and the spectacular Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.  The wat is worth a visit for its beauty even when views are marred due to weather or smoke from slash-and-burn farming.  The crowning feature of the wat is the 16 meter high gilded chedi sitting in the midst of a marbled courtyard, built in 1525.  There are dozens of remarkable Buddha images, including one of green glass which we found enchanting.  The courtyard is a bustle of activity for those making merit. 

To get there, take Huai Kaew Road from the northwestern part of Chiang Mai, then continue on Highway 1004 to the wat.  If you don’t have a car, you can take a songthaeo from the market on Maninopharat Road near the Chang Puak Gate.

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