ROYAL CHEDI'S @ DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK
STOP 5 @ DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Heading up the Mountain in our bus, it became foggier & foggier, this was in June, 2009.
Near the top of the Summit, where the Royal Chedi's are, it was thick fog, and rain! not the best to see the supposedly beautiful gardens and distant views.
From the carpark, there is an escalator that will take you to both the Chedi's if you do not feel like climbing a lot of steps or getting wet.
The largest, is King Bhumibol's Chedi, built by the Royal Thai Air Force to commemorate his 60th birthday, and inaugurated on December 5, 1987.
On the other side, clad in lilac-purple rather than copper, stands the less massive, but more elegant spire of Queen Sirikit's Chedi, also built by the Royal Thai Air Force, this time to commemorate the Queen's 60th birthday, and inaugurated on August 12, 1992.
Inside are murals and Buddhist themes, beautifuly done.
These stand amidst what looked to be, beautiful gardens, of which I could just make out in the fog.
I can only imagine how beautiful this area would be in fine weather, and a return visit for me is a must.
Also here are Toilets, and a Cafe which sells a few souvenirs.
One thing you must do when in Chang mai is go on an organised elephant ride into the hills and jungle that surround the city. easily organised (so many tours arranged in Chang Mai) that can either be on its own or spend a full day incorporating visits to local villages, trekking and waterfalls.
Another way to travel in Chiang Mai -Taxi meter
CHiangmai becoming big city . But the transportation is not good yet. If you want to get around chiangmai but don't want to bargain or negotiate the price with Song taew. I recommend Taxi meter . YOu have to make a phone call for pick up service(20 Bath or 0.5 USD for pick up fee) and they charge you 1 USD for first 2 KM( not sure about this but it kind of cheap )
Or if you want to go to Airport . Taxi meter is a good choice too. You'll be charge about 3-5 USD from Downtown area to Airport
Good food and location
This bar & restaurant seemed to be mainly used by expats & tourists. There was a good selection of both Thai & international food & drinks, along with many vegetarian options.
The covered outdoor dining area is a great place to sit & eat or drink in the shade. On a Sunday evening it's a great place to sit & watch the action taking place along Walking Street.
Jewel on the Hill
Up a windy road about 16km north of Chiang Mai you’ll find the Wat Doi Suthep. The grounds atop the Doi Suthep peak (5,500ft/1 676 m) offer some spectacular views of Chiang Mai. The temple itself features a splendid gold chedi (on of the holiest in Thailand) topped by a five-tiered golden umbrella, as well as numerous ornate statues, frescos and altars. You can even get blessed by a monk for a small donation.
Transportation: Take a red songthaew (pick-up taxi) to Chaing Mai Zoo, then transfer to another one waiting to go up the hill. Each ride costs about 40 baht/$1.
Cost: A donation of 30 baht (75 cents), or more if you choose.
Bottom-line: This is one of the most sumptuous and impressive temples in all of Thailand.... a MUST SEE for any trip to Chiang Mai.