Chiang Mai Travel Guide -> Sightseeing -> Doi Suthep &  Orchid Garden

A visit to Doi Suthep is a "must" for any visitor of Chiang Mai. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is certainly the most famous of all of Chiang Mai`s temples. You need a rental car (preferably with a chauffeur) for this tour. The temple of Doi Suthep is located high on a hill ("doi" means "mountain") and it is a long drive along the serpentine road to the 300-step staircase that leads to it. (There is also a funicular railway, but the steps are not very steep and relatively easy to climb). The staircase is flanked by stone-carved serpents ("nagas"). When you reach the top you see first a number of small stalls that sell soft drinks and snacks. A few more steps lead up to the inner sanctuary. In order to enter it you have to take off your shoes- as in all Buddhist temples (and men or women in shorts or in other kinds of "improper" clothing are also not allowed inside.)
Viharn in Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Viharn in Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Inside is a small courtyard with a big golden four-sided Chedi (a bell-shaped tower, usually with a relic buried under its base) and a Viharn (a chapel or sermon hall) at either end. The present buildings are not ancient or of particular artistic merit but they are nevertheless a marvellous sight, with all their golden and coloured-glass decorations that shimmer in the sun against the background of the deep-blue sky!

After you have left the inner sanctuary walk around along the balustrade. There are beautiful pink bougainvilleas and more colourful temple buildings, and from the balustrade to the left of the main entrance you have an excellent view of Chiang Mai, especially on a clear day.

Thai Orchids
On your way back to Chiang Mai you can make a detour to an orchid nursery. It is located on Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, opposite the Chiang Mai Regent hotel. A large number of orchid varieties are grown in the nursery under netting and in a small park - you pay a modest entrance fee and then you can wander on your own on the paths and enjoy the orchids and the beautiful landscape. You can also find a cafeteria that sells soft drinks and snack, and shops that sell gilded orchids.

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