While my friend Vijay and I were strolling around in Chiang Mai, and that’s when we accidentally met a taxi driver. His name is Mon and he is the one who told us about Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple. He said that it was the number one spot in Chiang Mai and the visit to Chiang Mai is not complete till we had visited this temple. I love temples, so even if it was not the number one I would have still taken the trip with Mon to see this spectacular marvel.
Mon charged Thai Bhat 800 for two of us for a return trip. And the temple was about 30 minutes (15 kilometres) drive from Chiang Mai city.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple, located on Doi Suthep mountain. The temple is said to have dates back to 1383. The temple is considered as one of the most sacred temples in Thailand.
The temple can be reached by two ways – one by climbing around 309 steps and the other by taking a cable car (which costs around Thai Bhat 50 per person return). The visitors must dress appropriately and remove footwear before entering the temple.
The temple is spectacular with the gold coated domes. It is a large complex telling the story of Buddha. The various Buddha statues and the domes make it a very beautiful temple I have visited in Chiang Mai so far.
I would now agree with my taxi driver that it truly is one of the must sees in Chiang Mai.