Often said to be Northern Thailand’s most famous Buddhist temple, Doi Suthep is also one of its finest-looking. The 306 steps that will take you to the temple are considered good luck so it is not uncommon to see people making the walk themselves, even when there is a convenient railway that will take you to the temple as well. During the walk towards the summit you will be watched by enormous Naga statues (mythical creatures), and once you get to the top, the views are simply breathtaking – The golden mount, the Naga statues, the stone snake near the gates or the green-glassed Buddha, staring in the distance – eternally smiling.
OTHER STRUCTURES ON THE TEMPLE GROUNDS
Within the temple complex you will find a number of pavilions, pagodas, statues and viharas (covered walkway). The pavilions contain the living quarters for monks. A tiny museum with ancient relics, old pictures and early pieces of temple wares can also be visited.
The temple itself contains a holy relic of Lord Buddha and outside the famous Buddhist temple, the panoramic view of the Ping Valley and Chaing Mai itself are magnificent sights as well.
After visiting Doi Suthep, you will make your way to the nearby Phuping royal winter palace. Built for the royal family and foreign dignitaries, the palace has some restricted areas, but it’s most popular attraction by far are the gardens. During the winter months, many colorful flowers are in bloom, whereas during the monsoon season the mountain is covered in clouds, bringing the necessary humidity to the Palace orchids.
***There are 13 people in the joined tour and transportation will be by minivan***