Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Favorite thing: At the center of the temple complex is a brilliant gold stupa/pagoda/chedi. Which ever name you want to use, it is spectacular and the center piece of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The Pagoda is surrounded by several halls paying tribute to Buddha and one with a replica of the Emerald Buddha, now located in Bangkok. These halls form a wall with one entrance/exit. Every Buddha statue here is well maintained and there are many visitors paying respect. A common practice is leaving a Lotus flower as an offering to one of the Buddha statues. The Golden Chedi is 79 feet high and 39 feet across at the base. According to the ticket supplied for entrance, the Chedi is covered in engraved gold plate.
Favorite thing: I love the style of the golden umbrellas and the whole setting of Wat Doi Suthep. On most days you can get a nice cool breeze too! It would be a hard bicycle trip up but of course could be done and you will want to make sure you have brakes if you're gonna attempt the downhill on a bicycle!
chiang mai, the rose of the north... i was expecting beauty everywhere, but i found only noise and traffic. It has its beautiful moments, of course, but generally speaking it is bangkok's little (and uglier) sister. Of my visit there I mostly enjoyed some temples (as usual) and the stunning Doi Suitep just off Chiang Mai. What I did not like were the tourist traps: the snake farms, elephant camps, orchid farms... so unnatural, so uninteresting
Fondest memory: getting away, I suppose. When I was still there i quite liked the night bazar and enjoyed finding out, after a tuk-tuk crash, that the police and ambulance are very efficient. Very reassuring!
From this ancient Buddhist Wat at 1000 meters above the city, you can look over the entire Chiang Mai valley on a clear day.
About 16km west of the city. You can catch a bus or take a tour. We went up in a rented motorscooter.
PS. Take your shoes off.
Favorite thing: Chiang Mai : Thailand's second-largest city and the gateway to the country's north. Chiang Mai is a good base for mountain treks. The picture here is Doi Suthep Temple, one of the Thailand's holiest temples.
Mountain, Greenery, Flower,s Food, Entertainment & Accomodation in Chiangmai-Thailand in June 2006.
Fondest memory: Chiangmai-Thailand A Tourist Heaven and the Ferrari Tuk-Tuk thrill rides.
Favorite thing: The 300 steps up to the Temple are very beautiful. You will get some great views of the plains from the top.