AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Chiang Mai: Doi Suthep


Posted on Jan 13, 2014

On the edge of the city of Chiang Mai is a mountain named Doi Suthep. At the top, overlooking the city is the temple of Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, a site which is very sacred to Buddhists. We hired a moped for the day at set off for the temple. The ride to the temple was pretty easy going, a wide but windy road leads to the temple which is surrounded by the usual food stalls and Buddhist memorabilia tat shops. I had a curry sausage for lunch, mostly fat and a punnet of strawberries. Annemarie had a few mouthfuls of fatty sausage and decided she didn’t like it. We found her some pork skewers, slightly less fatty but tasty. And half a pineapple for pudding. We then ascended the 300 steps to the temple. At the centre of the temple is a 16m golden stupa. In the bright sunlight the stupa was glistening and was an impressive sight. After the temple we headed for the summit. In hindsight we shouldn’t have! The road narrowed to the width of one car, with a steep uphill slope on one side and steep downhill slope on the other. Unfortunately, the road was two way, with no traffic management. This resulted in huge amounts of traffic as cars attempted to pass each other in the few places where there was enough soil at the side of the road to fit about half a car. We crawled up the hill at snails pace to find there wasn’t a viewpoint, or even a nice cafe! We decided we would walk around the gardens of the Bhubing Palace, located halfway between the temple and the summit. Visitors are allowed when the Royal family isn’t present and according to our information was open for a few more hours. Riding back down to the palace was almost as bad as coming up. Despite it been turned 3pm and there been nothing at the top of the hill the road was still packed with cars trying to come up. It took an age to get back down. By the time we reached the palace it was about 3:30 and although we had read it was open until 4:30 it was closed for new visitors. With nothing else to do in the park we rode back to town. Posted from Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai,...

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