We spent a day being tourists…we have several of these days actually. But today, our attractions of choice were Doi Suthep and the Royal Park Rajapruek.
Wat Doi Suthep is one the most well known temples in Chiang Mai. You’ll see the name or its image affixed to each tour posting, guided attraction, or songthaew you pass. Wat Doi Suthep is a scared temple for many Thai people. You may see variations of its name such as ‘Doi Suthep‘, or ‘Wat Phra That Doi Suthep‘. The temple is located on a mountain with the same name. From its viewpoints, you can glance over stunning views of the city of Chiang Mai – but the temple has several stunning views of its own.
We took a songthaew – a red shared taxi, open ended truck – up the winding road to the base of the temple. The songthaew charged 40 baht each way per person. This is the common affordable way to work your way around the Chiang Mai sights. Please note: you have to negotiate with the drivers. One lady thought she was hitting a payday and attempted to charge us 500 baht per person to take us to the temple…#Not. Around the base, you can find a plethora of trinkets and textile stands selling food, souvenirs, scarves, jewelry, clothes, and offerings. From there, our quads and endurance were challenged up three hundred and nine steps….let me state that for you again, up 309 steps! At the top we located the ticket office, and paid our 30 baht admission per person (roughly $1USD).
Here are some images from our visit.
Afterwards, we decided to take a songthaew back to Chiang Mai and then booked a Grab (like Uber) and headed to the Royal Park, also known as ‘Royal Park Rajapruek‘ or the ‘King’s Garden.’ I loved just about everything I saw. Most of the park was immaculately manicured and presented visitors with lots to see. Royal Flora Ratchaphruek is a horticultural exhibition within the park showcasing thousands of species of flowers and trees to see. Admission is 100 baht ($3.30 USD). There is a free tram that will take you around the park, but bikes and segways are also available for rent.
You can read more about the park at their website or check out some of what we captured below: