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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Open daily 7am - 5pm
Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, Huai Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, 50200

The Basics

As one of Chiang Mai’s most popular attractions, Doi Suthep Temple is typically included in many Chiang Mai tours, along with other area temples and hill tribe villages. Those with an interest in the spiritual life of Thai Buddhists can opt for an early-morning tour to join locals as they give morning alms to the temple monks. Half- and full-day tours with English-speaking guides are available, and most include hotel pickup and drop-off in Chiang Mai.

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Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
$64.62 per adult
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The highlight of our trip to Chiang Mai
We had a fantastic tour with Tu. We learnt so much and had a great time - despite the early start! We are not particularly spiritual people but the experience of being alone in the temple with just the monks chanting felt really quite mystical and special. Would highly recommend.
Matthew_O, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chiang Mai

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The explanation by the...
Keiko_M, Jan 2022
DON'T miss this PRIVATE tour! Doi suthep temple+ Hmong village (+Bhubing palace)
The explanation by the guide was excellent. We enjoied the trip better with her. Thank you ery much.
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Fantastic
Stephanie_L, Dec 2021
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Fantastic tour. My guide Tom was incredible. As a former monk he was so knowledgeable and helpful (and also super funny!) beautiful experience and worth waking up early for! I highly Recommend
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A must Tour for Thailand history.
William_D, Dec 2021
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point (SHA Plus)
Amazing morning to see such beauty Temple grounds. Guide and driver in beautiful Van. Wat Palad Temple is one of the beautiful hidden gems I’ve witnessed in my 8 years of travel to Thailand. The massive Temple in town, over 800 hundred years old. At a time when Chiang Mai was not even part of Thailand. A great history lesson for the beginning of Thailand. I highly recommend this Tour.
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A beautiful and serene experience
Po_T, Nov 2021
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Words can't describe how much I enjoyed this experience! I was the only person on the tour since Thailand was just starting to open up to tourism, so it was a super personal one-on-one experience. My guide Tom was an ex-monk and you can tell how knowledgable, humorous, and kind he is by the stories he tells, all the people (and dogs!) he knows and greets at each temple, and the way he treats people and places with the utmost respect. It was a good balance between learning from his wealth of knowledge and experiences (not just Buddhism/monk life, but also comparing that to other religions around the world), and just taking in the serenity of the place. Sunrise/early morning is definitely the time to visit! Also, since I was the only person on the tour and had asked if I could get dropped off at the airport, Tom graciously offered to accompany me beyond the official tour itinerary just to help me kill some time before my flight. We went to two additional temples and walked around the nature trails where we saw deer and fed fish :)
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Learned a lot and had a great time!
Katie_A, Mar 2020
The Best City Tour View Points Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Pha Lat
Our tour guide, Nes, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and friendly. She had a great program and was happy to answer all of our questions. I had even been to one of the temples already, but learned a lot more with her than I did the first time. Thank you for a great morning!
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My tour in Chiang Mai
sweetgracev, Feb 2020
One Day Tour Doi Suthep Temple, Palad Temple, Orchid Farm, Longneck hill tribe village (Private tour)
Our guide Lee was very friendly and thoughtful and made sure we finished our itinerary. He is a good photograher. Our driver Mr. Bu is a good driver and provided water for us. Thry make a good team and I will highly recommend this tour in Chiang Mai
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Blessed by the monks
Bernice, Apr 2020
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Amazing amazing one of the best tours ever guide was great friendly and informative. I found the whole thing quite spiritual and overwhelming would definitely recommend without a doubt...
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Great learning experience & value!
amorsella3, Nov 2019
Full Day Tour of Doi Suthep Temple and Doi Inthanon National Park
We had a limited amount of time in Chiang Mai and this was the perfect excursion to get the most out of the day. It was culturally educational, we caught a glimpse of the countryside around Chiang Mai, and had a great lunch - Our guide and driver were professional, informative, and hospitable. Highly recommend this trip!
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Not to be missed
Renita_M, Nov 2019
Amazing 4 top temples: Doi Suthep temple, White temple,Blue temple, Black house
I did not realize the temples were a 3 1/2hr drive each way from Chiang Mai but our guide Lek kept us entertained. The temples were amazing and worth the drive.
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Great experience!
lisaandwill1110, Oct 2019
Doi Suthep at Sunset
Joe was an awesome tour guide. Sunset was an excellent time to do this tour. I would definitely recommend.
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Great views
Surj1, Mar 2020
Wat Doi Suthep+Wat Phalat: Amazing Sunrise, Alms to Monks & Stunning city views
Guide was amazing. I think his name was Non. The sunrise is so worth seeing. Get this added to your plans.
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Great 1/2 day tour
Adam_M, Oct 2019
Chiang Mai City Tour with Doi Suthep and View Point (SHA Plus)
Great tour and quick way to see some of the city’s significant temples. Our guide (Songsuk) provides a greet tour with history and detail for our education.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must-visit for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors to Chiang Mai.

  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, and be prepared to do some climbing.

  • The temple is accessible to wheelchair users (including the elevator and cable car to the top), but there are some steep ramps.

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How to Get There

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is in Doi Suthep–Pui National Park, 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of Chiang Mai. If not on an organized tour, jump in a minibus taxi from Chiang Mai. A tram takes you to the summit and the wat, or you can trek along the winding road and climb the 306 steps.

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When to Get There

Doi Suthep is a very popular attraction in Chiang Mai. To avoid the crowds, plan to visit first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. Try to visit on a clear day for the best panoramic view from the top.

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History of Doi Suthep Temple

Initial construction of the temple, which gets its name from the mountain on which it was built, dates back to 1386. According to local legend, an elephant carrying Buddhist relics (including a piece of shoulder bone from the Buddha) was sent out from Chiang Mai, but instead of keeping to the flat countryside, it climbed up the mountain and stopped at the summit. A temple was commissioned on the site to hold the relics.

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