One of the most revered temples in Chiang Mai, the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was built in 1383 on a hillside, approximately 40 min north of the city by car. Here one can pay respect to relics of the Lord Buddha which are kept in the stunning golden Chedi (Stupa). You will also marvel at the wonderful views of Chiang Mai from this temple, which is over 3,500 feet above sea level.
The temple can be reached by a funicular railway from the base or you make the pilgrim’s journey up the 306 steps which are protected by the Naga (big serpent). You may like our Buddhist monk to bless you for safe return journey and good luck before leaving.
Admission fee: 30 THB
In the western section of the Old city stands Chiang Mai’s principle monastery, Wat Phra Singh. This temple dates back to 1345 and is one of the principal sites for commemorating the colorful Thai New Year celebrations during the Songkran (Water) Festival in mid April each year.
The Viharn Lai Kham building is home to the Lanna style Phra Sigh image. Here you will find many examples of the unique Lanna style art (keep an eye out for the mural painting of two village men in a loving embrace !!!)
Admission fee: 20 THB
Wat Chedi Luang was built by King Saen Muang Ma of the Mengrai Dynasty in early of 14th century to house the ashes of his father.
This Pagoda, the largest North Thailand (at 90 metres) was partially destroyed in an earthquake in 1545. The structure represents Lanna, Thai, Sri Lankan and Burmese cultures.
In evenings before the sunset, you are invited to join the monks chanting (free of charge). In this way you can gain a glimpse of, and maybe have some personal encounter with our Buddhist faith. Try not to miss the chanting monks, and see if you can forget your worries for a while and find some peace while listening to the fourth noble truth of Buddhism.
Admission fee: None
One of my favorite temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Ton Kwen also officially known as “Wat Intrawat”, is situated a short distance outside of Chiang Mai, in an isolated, non-touristy area. This temple is named after the tropical “Ton Kwen” tree in the Northern Thai language.
The outstanding wooden Viharn (built in 1858) exemplifies the best classic Lanna style with Tai Lü influence and was awarded the Gold Medal Award by the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage [ASA Architectural Award in 1989]. In addition, this building became a model of the stunning Hor Kham Luang Viharn ( Pavilion) at Chiang Mai’s world horticultural fair in 2006.
Admission fee: None