Summit Stop - Doi Suthep

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 14 Comments A+ a-

They say that a trip to Chiang Mai without Doi Suthep as part of the itinerary would not be complete. This mountain where the Wat Phra Thart Temple stands is viewed by Thai people as a holy place for more than twelve hundred years. It is the center of Buddhism in Lanna (Kingdom of the present day northern Thailand) built in the late 14th century under King Geu Na.
There are two ways to get to the top of the mountain and see the breathtaking view of downtown Chiang Mai and the Ping valley beyond. You can either climb the 306 steps staircase if you are fit enough, or by a cable car which cost 30 baht at the time of this writing. We chose the latter of course :) 
Because of the number of people visiting this holy place, you will surely have to wait for the cable car (if that's what you want). The wait for the cable car will be rewarded though by the grandeur of the magnificent view of the city, and the intricate designs of the temple. There were also living quarters for the monks and a school for novices where they study the teachings of Lord Buddha. 
Doi Suthep is best visited during the winter because of the cool breeze especially at the summit. A perfect getaway in a tropical country that is Thailand. So, what now? I'll see you there, then?

John Benliro hails from Palawan, Philippines. He's a travel enthusiast who loves to read geography books as well as those authored by Sheldon and Grisham. He's a full time lecturer at a university in Thailand and has been blogging since 2009. Come and join him in exploring the vastness of our imagination, drifting from land to land one step at a time.

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Gemma
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January 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM delete

now.. palang created na ang vision board ko sa mind ko because of your post! gusto ko na din to travel ASIA!!! thanks! Gemma of My Dailies

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January 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM delete

I love this post on Thailand. Never been there and supposedly, I should have gone there straight from my Cambodia jaunt but for the lack of time, I forgo it. I will go back to Cambodia and this time, I will pass by Thailand.

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January 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM delete

I will be in Bangkok in early February. I am definitely putting Doi Suthep in our IT. I think if you go to Thailand without seeing temples, it's like going to NY without seeing the Statue of Liberty.

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January 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM delete

I've read about this place in one of the other blogs too. :) I think it will take me ALL DAY to climb those 300 steps but I would like to try and conquer them! Hahaha Maybe I can take the cable car too on the way down. :)

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January 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM delete

Travel Asia now..I'm sure you're gonna love it. Nice to know my post helped.

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January 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM delete

Include this next time and don't ever forget. Otherwise, you're gonna miss this chance again.

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January 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM delete

True..Temples are Thailand's landmarks just like Statue of Liberty is in NY..Include Doi Suthep in your itin. You may want to visit Doi Inthanon as well. Also in Chiang Mai and the country's highest peak.

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January 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM delete

Better to take the cable car on the way up and on foot on the way down. Unless you really can. Trust me, it's way too high hehe..

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January 25, 2012 at 1:05 PM delete

Love the photos you took! I've never been to chiang mai. But working on a trip with that with my family. I've been to phuket, khao lak, Phang nga, James bond island And some other places w/c i can't rmmber the name of the places .I always go to Bangkok for a short trip since its just like 2hours flight from singapore. Love you blog! xx God bless! http://tauyanm.wordpress.com/

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January 25, 2012 at 1:08 PM delete

Thanks for stopping by MJ Tauyan and leaving a comment as well. And oh, for loving my blog hehe.. Some of the places you have been are still in my itinerary. Given a chance to travel the soonest time possible, I'll check these places you've mentioned.

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raya
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January 25, 2012 at 3:47 PM delete

wow! we went there July of 2010 and there was no cable car yet so we had to climb those stairs! thanks for sharing, John!

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January 25, 2012 at 4:01 PM delete

My curiosity is tapped by the "swirling cultures" of Thailand. Why are they regarded as "swirling"? You've a vivid, candid shots of every picture you've posted here. Two thumbs-up!

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Chel
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January 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM delete

I was able to visit Thailand too when I was younger and I remember commenting to my mom, "traffic's just like the Philippines!" Haha. Those are really nice photos! Great post!

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Nanay Blogs
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January 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM delete

I've been to Thailand for work and never been to Chiang Mai. We are planning for a European trip (hope we save enough for this trip). Maybe next year we can plan an Asia travel. Thanks for sharing

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