We pick you up at your hotel at around 8:30a.m and drive you in a comfortable air con vehicle along the winding road of the Suthep mountain to the most sacred and visited temple of Chiang Mai. There you enjoy a complete visit of the temple and learn about its history and the meaning of the paintings on the wall, describing the life of Buddha. From the temple you can contemplate amazing panoramic views of the city of Chiang Mai 700 meters below.
The visit continue to the hmong village located further up in the mountain. Then we drive you back to your hotel where we drop you off.
More information about the Temple
From its mountain throne, Doi Suthep temple overlooks the city of Chiang Mai, and just so happens to be one of the most sacred temples in the north.
It was established in 1383 under the reign of King Keu Naone and has a very mystical birth story. A visiting Sukhothai monk had told the Lanna king to create a temple by using the twin of the miraculous Buddha relic (the one revered at Wat Suan Dok). This relic was placed on a white elephant, which wondered the mountain until it died in the very spot that the temple sits. This was interpreted as the “chosen location”.
The temple can be reached by a long, and quite strenuous 306 step staircase, which was intended as an act of meditation. For those who aren’t that fit, there is a tram that will take you to the temple.
The terrace on the first floor documents the temple’s history that includes a shrine to the hermit, Sudeva, who lived on this very mountain, and a wonderful statue of a white elephant, similar to the one that carried the Miraculous Buddha relic up the mountain. The terrace on the second floor is the golden chedi which enshrines the relic and it creates quite a picturesque world. The chedi is topped with a 5 tiered umbrella to honor the city’s formed union with Thailand and their independence from Burma.
Within the monastery compound lies the International Buddhism Center which conducts a wide variety of religious outreach programs for its visitors.
- Transportation (pick up and drop off at your hotel)
- Temple entrance fee
- Registered English speaking guide
- Personal expenses
- Tips to Guides, Drivers etc..
- Meals not listed in the inclusions
- Optional activities