Wat Phra Doi Suthep is a gorgeous golden temple located in Doi Inthanon National Park Chiang Mai.
It’s really beautiful on a blue sky day as the golden architecture really shines in the sunlight. Guess you need to be lucky with the weather when you go.
I love the details here, with the fading paintwork, the intricate Buddha statues and the bells and gongs dotted around. It’s quite a lively busy spot, so not ideal for worship but you can still find a quiet corner for serene contemplation if you look hard enough.
The surrounding area is really beautiful too with mountains and forests around. It’s a highly recommended spot to check out in Chiang Mai.
There is a specific Doi Suthep Temple dress code. You won’t be allowed to get inside the temple if you are wearing shorts or a sleeveless shirt.
Like everywhere in Thailand, wearing the right clothes is showing respect while in the sacred place. We haven’t had long sleeves or pants (as you can see on the photo below) but our knees and arms were covered up.
You have to remove your shoes inside the temple. The floor is super hot, so bring socks if you don’t want to burn your feet.
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Taking a taxi to Doi Suthep is the most popular way to see the temple.
If you are traveling on a budget, choose one of the shared taxies. They are leaving from the Chang Pauk Gate. Right after passing the gate you will see many songthaews to Doi Suthep (red trucks) waiting for the tourists.The ride costs 60 Bahts/$1.5 per person (as for in 2020), one way. It’s good to buy a return ticket though. The driver will wait for you for 1.5 hour and take you back to Chiang Mai.