Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep and its Hmong Village
Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep
and its Hmong Village
Without a doubt, Doi Suthep has to be one of the most spectacular temples in the country. Located high
above Chiang Mai, views from around its landmark golden Chedi are simply breathtaking.
A visit to a Hmong village complements this half-day tour.
WHY THIS TOUR?
An awe-inspiring destination from above and beyond, Chiang Mai’s elevated position in the north has definitely benefitted to its cool and calm atmosphere. The centre of culture of the former Lanna Kingdom, a vastness of Buddhist realms lay hidden both in the downtown region as well high up in the surrounding mountains.
It is what lies beyond the commercial and cultural region of Thailand’s second largest city that puts into the spotlight during this half-day venture. Centred around the glistering shining example high above Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep, it is o so worth the few hours to grasp what lies above Chiang Mai and holds spiritual treasures of priceless values.
08:00 - 12:00
13:30 - 17:30
The choice to opt for either a morning or afternoon tour lies completely in the hands of the guests. Once you meet your local ambassador at your hotel’s lobby, you will immediately head out of the city towards the snaking road heading up Suthep Mountain. Depending on the location of your hotel, guests will see different parts of the city: from passing along old city walls, gates and city moat to local markets and residential areas. Taking on various sharp curves, your main destination slowly emerges with every new turn taken. Constructed during the 14th century, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep contains a holy relic of the Lord Buddha. Tucked away in the mountains at an elevation of 1,056 meters (3520 feet), the temple is reached using a Naga (7- headed dragon head serpent) railing rising along both sides At the centre is a big Chedi, containing partial relics of Lord Buddha. The temple compound – reachable via a 300+ steps stairs offers an exhilarating view of Chiang Mai city and surrounding countryside.
After paying respect to the various Buddhist statues and simply gazing over the expansive landscape of where Chiang Mai is marked as the centre, we head out to one of the main and most significant of Hmong hill tribe village on Doi Pui. This ethnic hill tribe originates from the border region with neighbouring Myanmar and has called this region near Doi Suthep now their home. Here you see them in their colourful costumes, selling their wide range of antiques, curious decorative ornaments and fabrics.
Taking the same meandering road back to the city centre as you, with turns and bends aplenty, we head back to the foot of Suthep Mountain and to your Chiang Mai hotel.