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.
About Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple, located on Doi Suthep mountain. The temple is said to have dated back to 1383. And this 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.
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.
I would now agree with my taxi driver that it truly is one of the must sees in Chiang Mai.
Mon’s contact details
It was by accident that my friend Vijay and I met this amazing taxi driver ‘Mon’. We took a three hours trip with him and he charged us a reasonable fare. He is very friendly and more importantly he is local. He knows most of the stuff and also tells you the history of the places. I would definitely recommend him, especially if you are a solo traveler and would want to explore Chiang Mai.
I absolutely loved this beautiful temple. I loved everything including the amazing architecture. Agreeing with Mon, I think this must be one of the must sees in Chiang Mai.