Thailand is one of the most wonderful places to visit, especially with its charming temples. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is considered one of the most sacred temples in Chiang Mai. It is said that those who 306 steps here will acquire the Buddha’s merit. Planning on visiting? Here are a few things to know.
Like every famous temple, this one too has got an interesting story behind it. It is believed that long ago, a piece of the bone from the Buddha’s shoulder was carried atop the mount Suthep on elephant back. Once the elephant reached the peak, it trumpeted 3 times and lay there in eternal rest. This is the very spot upon which the temple has been built.
Driving is one way to get here, the roads are easy to navigate, however, it would be best to travel via any other vehicle other than bikes as the road winds in some places. The songthaew is another option where a small truck acts as a taxi. Hiking is also and interesting way to reach the temple. Find out detailed directions from your local hotel like Anantara Chiang Mai Serviced Suites.
What you will see
Reach the top of the mountain and you’ll see many souvenir shops, grab a small snack and eat up because big as life in front of you will be a staircase of 306 steps! On either side of the staircase are the elaborately designed ‘nagas’ or snakes that guard the temple.
What to expect
Once you’ve climbed the steps to the top, you will see a statue of a white elephant, symbolising the animal that carried the sacred relic. The temple is adorned in gold and is simply beautiful. You’ll need a few hours to explore the complex. Since you are visiting northern Thailand to explore make sure your Chiang Mai residences are centrally located.