Thailand – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

 

This temple is 15 km from the city of  Chiang Mai and takes the name of the mountain,
Doi Suthep, on which it stands. It is a sacred site to many Thai people .

The temple is said to have been founded in 1386 but has been extended and extended and  is a substantial collection of buildings. It is an important site for pilgrims and tourists alike and receives huge numbers of visitors each year. Inevitably it is quite a tourist trap with cafes , restaurants and shops galore selling mementos but nevertheless the extravagantly ornate buildings and statues  makes this quite an amazing place and well worth a visit even though there are 300 steps to climb (unless you want to take the lift) and an entrance fee to pay when you get to the top – payable only by foreigners – the only temple we can recall having to pay to enter.

This place has been given its own post simply because of the numbers of photos.

 

Arriving at Doi Suthep - we hired a songthaew for the day so that the driver would wait for us
Arriving at Doi Suthep – we hired a songthaew for the day so that the driver would wait for us

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