This Buddhist temple overlooks the city, just down the hill from the royal palace. The car park and roads are lined with souvenir and food shops, but leave these for now and head up the steps to the funicular railway which takes you to the temple complex proper.
Alternatively, keep walking up the steps (more than 300) if you fancy the exercise. At the top, there is a large number of shrines, a row of bells saying ‘don’t touch’ which almost everyone touches, a meditation centre, 2 viewing points to look at Chiang Mai, and of course the main temple.
People were having lessons there, blessing a marriage, making donations to charity, and relaxing. It is very attractive, if not peaceful.
It was weird seeing the behaviour of some of the people, both local and tourists. I mentioned the bells earlier which Thais were enjoying playing. We also saw an Italian couple trying to take a ‘feet by monument’ photo with a golden Buddha, which is about as rude as you can get for Buddhists; after being told off by a guard, they sneaked off to try to do it elsewhere.
Anyway, this is a lovely place to visit, and well worth the 50 THB to enter (only 30 if you walk up…20 well spent I think).
When you’ve finished, and depending on your feeling about street food, grab a snack from one of the many sellers. I had a plate of fried wild quails’ eggs for 10 THB. Delicious.
Address: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Road, Tambon Su Thep, Chiang Mai 50200