Chiang Mai City Temples and Wat Doi Suthep
Today you'll visit the 600-year-old temple of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. After a drive up the mountain’s winding road, the final climb to the site is via an enormous mythological Nagas the most famous landmark in the area, found 1676 meters above the city. Climb the steep staircase adorned with Nagas the mythical Thai water spirits to reach the impressive golden pagoda. Staircase of 306 steps (elevators are available). Inside the cloister is an intriguing copper-plated chedi topped by a five-tier gold parasol, which contains partial relics of Lord Buddha. On a clear day, there are incomparable views over the city of Chiang Mai from the temple grounds.
Then return to the city and continue to Wat Jed Yod. See how the architectural styles of Laos, India, China, and Lanna are blended together in this 14th- century temple. Get up close to the seven spires to see the incredible carvings of celestial beings and other ornate decorations. Highlight of the Wat Jed Yod is the viharn, where the temple derives its name from. Jed Yod means 7 peaks, referring to the 7 chedis on top of the structure.
Other temples visited in the city Wat Suan Dok, whose large central stupa contains a Buddha relic which supposedly self-multiplied. Wat Suan Dok a 48-metre golden chedi marks this holy site which was built in the Sri Lankan style. Learn why Wat Suan Dok is popular with local Buddhists, it was constructed in the gardens of Lanna Royal Residence. The rows of smaller white chedis contain the ashes of Chiang Mai Royal family
Overnight in Chiang Mai