The stunning Doi Suthep mountain overlooks Chiang Mai, and the most prominent attraction is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Doi Suthep Temple). If you only have time to visit one attraction in Chiang Mai, this is it!
Doi Suthep Temple
The official name of this temple is Wat Prathat Doi Suthep. This is the most sacred and beautiful temple in Northern Thailand. On clear days there are spectacular views of Chiang Mai city and beyond.
If you have the time and energy, walking up the temple steps is a great cardio workout. A more popular option is to take the cable-car to the top and walk back down.
You may like to time your visit to coincide with the monks chanting at sunset.
It is required to cover knees and shoulders at this temple by custom and law – sarongs are available for rent at the temple.
Doi Suthep Temple Tours
If you would like to take a private tour with us, there are additional attractions you can include in your itinerary.
Monk Alms Collection
Monks collect alms each morning near the base of Doi Suthep mountain. The best time to see this is at 7am – consider adding this to your itinerary on the first day if you arrive on an early flight!
Wat Pha Lat
Wat Pha Lat is a peaceful temple on the lower slopes of Doi Suthep. It is built above a waterfall and is a popular meditation retreat (please be quiet when you visit!).