Doi Suthep is one of the main attractions of Chiang Mai. This magnificent temple was built back in 1386 and is one of the main shrines of northern Thailand. The temple is situated at a high altitude, so the construction of it was a hard and time-consuming process. But the result exceeded all the expectations. Now it shines in its indescribable beauty and attracts more and more tourists.
A staircase with 300 steps decorated with mythical snakes awaits everyone who wants to visit the temple (or one can use a cable car instead of climbing the steps). From the top, you will see an amazing picture – the full view of Chiang Mai in its splendor. In the mountains, there are beautiful waterfalls with amazing kinds of birds that live there.
Doi Suthep Park covers an area of 261 square meters; it is one of 24 national parks in Thailand. In addition to Doi Suthep mountain, there are two more of them in the park. The highest is Doi Pui (1658 m) and also there is Doi Buangha mountain. In the gorges of these mountains, several rivers flow that are tributaries of the river Ping.
At the top of the Doi Pui mountain at an altitude of 1000 - 1200 meters, there is a peculiar village of the Meo tribe (Hmong). This ancient mountain people do not use electricity, mobile phones or other achievements of modern civilization. They believe in multiple gods and have some strange customs like, for example, sprinkling their houses with chicken blood.
On this page, several tour options are presented, so you can choose the one you like the most. There are tours to Doi Suthep in combination with visiting Wat Umong (the tunnel temple), Zipline adventure, elephant farm, waterfalls, Meo village, an excursion to the village of long-necked women, a snake show and an orchid farm, swimming in Grand Canyon water park and others.
Chiang Mai Doi Suthep Tour
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