Doi Suthep, the sacred mountain
Doi Suthep is the mountain towering over Chiang Mai. It is 1676 meters high and is covered with evergreen and mixed deciduous forest.
The mountain is an undervisited and underestimated tourist destination. There are a number of tourist sights on the mountain that receive regular visitors. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park covers more than 261 square kms in Mae Rim, Mae Taeng, Hang Dong and Chiang Mai districts.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is the most well known temple of North Thailand. This magnificent temple is one of the main attractions of Chiang Mai. It dates back to the 13th century. Followers of the monk Kruba Srivichai constructed a sealed road from the base of the mountain to the stairs leading to the temple. The road was ceremoniously opened on April 30, 1935.
Another attraction is the Bhubing Flower Garden which is located about four kms from the temple. Next to it is the Bhubing Royal Palace. The Royal Palace is not open for visitors. Further up the road is the popular Hmong village Doi Pui. This village and the flower garden attract quite a few tourists.
Several small streams spring from the mountain: Huay Mae Hia, Huay Chiang Kien and Huay Kaew, amongst others. There are also a number of waterfalls in the national park such as the Mae Sa, Montathan and Huay Kaew waterfalls.
There are lots of great hiking trails on the mountain.
Doi Suthep features in the following tours:
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