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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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864 Reviews
Open daily 7am - 5pm
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Huai Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, 50200

The Basics

As one of Chiang Mai’s most popular attractions, Doi Suthep Temple is typically included in many Chiang Mai tours, along with other area temples and hill tribe villages. Those with an interest in the spiritual life of Thai Buddhists can opt for an early-morning tour to join locals as they give morning alms to the temple monks. Half- and full-day tours with English-speaking guides are available, and most include hotel pickup and drop-off in Chiang Mai.

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Alms and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Private Chiang Mai Tour
Alms and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Private Chiang Mai Tour
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$70.00 per adult
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Great tour guide, spoke english...
Great tour guide, spoke english well, alms giving was good, you are on the side o f the road watvhing the monks walk oast, you also gove a monk some good and re c ieve a blessing. The trip up the mountains to see the temple was much enjoyed .The drive to the temple was also a highlight. The car was very comfortable and as it was a private tour it was only my wife and myself. The views from the temple over Chiang Mai was spectacular. Lots to see at the temple including the gold temple. After this we went bsck to town and went to a market which was quite large. A lot of locals go there to dhop and also eat. I would recommend this trip. The guide was very knowledgeable and explained all that we saw.
Robert F, Oct 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Chiang Mai

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Blessed by the monks
Bernice, Apr 2020
Wat Doi Suthep: Amazing Sunrise on Mountaintop & Stunning Chiangmai City Views
Amazing amazing one of the best tours ever guide was great friendly and informative. I found the whole thing quite spiritual and overwhelming would definitely recommend without a doubt...
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Great views
Surj1, Mar 2020
Wat Doi Suthep: Amazing Sunrise on Mountaintop & Stunning Chiangmai City Views
Guide was amazing. I think his name was Non. The sunrise is so worth seeing. Get this added to your plans.
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Learned a lot and had a great time!
Katie_A, Mar 2020
The Best City Tour View Points Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Pha Lat
Our tour guide, Nes, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and friendly. She had a great program and was happy to answer all of our questions. I had even been to one of the temples already, but learned a lot more with her than I did the first time. Thank you for a great morning!
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Outstanding tour of the temples of Chiang Mai and vicinity
Rajesh_K, Feb 2020
Private Chiang Mai City Tour including Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch
Very well organized private tour. The guide personalized our experience. Explained the rich history of Chiang Mai as the former capital of the Northern kingdom. The cold towels and the stready supply of cold water bottles were helpful in the hot tropical climate. The guide was attentive to detail. We spent the right amount of time at each stop and had an unforgettable experience overall. Strongly recommend!
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Best guide
Lisa_M, Mar 2020
Wat Doi Suthep: Amazing Sunrise on Mountaintop & Stunning Chiangmai City Views
On time every step of the way. My guide was top rate, knowledgeable, managed a diverse group with style and patience. Truly a top box experience.
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Great learning experience & value!
amorsella3, Nov 2019
Full Day Tour of Doi Suthep Temple and Doi Inthanon National Park
We had a limited amount of time in Chiang Mai and this was the perfect excursion to get the most out of the day. It was culturally educational, we caught a glimpse of the countryside around Chiang Mai, and had a great lunch - Our guide and driver were professional, informative, and hospitable. Highly recommend this trip!
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Not to be missed
Renita Joy M, Nov 2019
Amazing 4 top temples: Doi Suthep temple, White temple,Blue temple, Black house
I did not realize the temples were a 3 1/2hr drive each way from Chiang Mai but our guide Lek kept us entertained. The temples were amazing and worth the drive.
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Great experience!
lisaandwill1110, Oct 2019
Doi Suthep at Sunset
Joe was an awesome tour guide. Sunset was an excellent time to do this tour. I would definitely recommend.
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Great 1/2 day tour
UtahGetMeTwoPartner, Oct 2019
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point
Great tour and quick way to see some of the city’s significant temples. Our guide (Songsuk) provides a greet tour with history and detail for our education.
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Very enjoyable
299PeterD, Dec 2019
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point
We visited three main temple. Wat Chedi Luang was the first one. Lots to see here, but I especially liked the ruined (by earthquake) pagoda and the paintings inside the Inthakhin Pillar (sadly women not allowed in). Then onto Wat Phra Sing. Amazing gold pagodas. Final destination is What Suan Dok. What's great here is all the white mausoleums for member of the former Kingdom of Chiang Mai. Still today family members have their ashes placed here. May was an excellent guide, easy to understand. She told us of some much more to see, but we didn't have time. I guess we'll just have to come back!
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Awesome Sunrise Experience at Doi Suthep
John_H, Feb 2020
Wat Doi Suthep: Amazing Sunrise on Mountaintop & Stunning Chiangmai City Views
Incredible experience. It was so peaceful being in the temple at sunrise and listening to the monks perform their morning chants. One really is swept up with the atmosphere. There is nothing like it and it is an experience everyone should try.
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Worth the early start
SMC, Feb 2020
Wat Doi Suthep: Amazing Sunrise on Mountaintop & Stunning Chiangmai City Views
Worth getting up early for! Highly recommend going before the crowds arrive. Our former monk guide was fantastic and very knowledgable. So glad I booked this tour as it was one of the highlights from my Chiang Mai trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must-visit for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors to Chiang Mai.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, and be prepared to do some climbing.

  • The temple is accessible to wheelchair users (including the elevator and cable car to the top), but there are some steep ramps.

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How to Get There

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is in Doi Suthep–Pui National Park, 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Chiang Mai. If not on an organized tour, jump in a minibus taxi from Chiang Mai. A tram takes you to the summit and the wat, or you can trek along the winding road and climb the 306 steps.

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When to Get There

Doi Suthep is a very popular attraction in Chiang Mai. To avoid the crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. Try to visit on a clear day for the best panoramic view from the top.

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History of Doi Suthep Temple

Initial construction of the temple, which gets its name from the mountain on which it was built, dates back to 1386. According to local legend, an elephant carrying Buddhist relics (including a piece of shoulder bone from the Buddha) was sent out from Chiang Mai, but instead of keeping to the flat countryside, it climbed up the mountain and stopped at the summit. A temple was commissioned on the site to hold the relics.

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