Doi Sutep - Chiang Mai Tourist Attraction
| Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city. It is 438 miles (700 kilometers) north of Bangkok and many people believe that is far better living in Chiang Mai than in Bangkok.
When a visitor comes to Chiang Mai the first time, they are always awed and taken aback by the splendor of Doi Sutep Mountain which is part of the ring of mountains that surrounds Chiang Mai city. The Doi Sutep Mountain is 3,051 feet high and on the peak of the mountain is a temple which is considered to be the guardian temple of the city. The temple is called Wat Prathat Doi Sutep. The shining pagoda of the temple can be seen from any given point in the city and the temple is the holiest of all temples in Chiang Mai.
In order to reach the temple, one has to drive 17 kilometers through a national park. The temple entrance is guarded by two serpent images and then there is a climb up 300 steps to reach the actual temple. This climb can be difficult for the elderly and the inactive. However, with little effort and patience, the climb can be made.
The temple was built in the 16th century. Unfortunately not much of the temple’s original architecture is present today. However, the visit to the Doi Sutep is well worth the time and effort as the temple is extremely spectacular. The gleaming pagoda is in close-up is quite magnificent and breathtaking.