The most prominent and famous temple of Chiang Mai at 1,685 meters above the city is a "must see" on your trip to Chiang Mai. We will drive you up the winding road "with a view" and towards the base of the temple where you can conquer the 306 steps of the Naga up to the temple or, if you are less good afoot, you can take a tram. Even if your are not too much into temples: the spectacular views across the city and beyond are worth the trip alone.
Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham is located on the mountains of Doi Suthep, outside the center of Chiang Mai and is often referred to as the "Forest Temple".
Wat Umong is unique and famous for its ancient tunnels dating back to the 13th century, all of which can easily be explored under the big chedi.
On the extensive grounds, in addition to numerous statues of Buddha, you can also feed fish, turtles and ducks in a large pond and "Speaking Trees" offer
words of wisdom in Thai and English to the visitors.
Note: There is a temple in the old town with a similar name
Wat Phra Singh is a First Class Royal Temple located at the end of the road that leads from Tha Phae Gate into the Old City - perhaps the busiest street in all of Chiang Mai. A unique Buddha statue also contributes to its fame: Phra Phutta Sihing, with its eventful history, became one of the city's most important figures and every year for the Songkran Festival the statue is carried through the streets of the city in a magificient procession and the faithful honor the statue by sprinkling water over it. The Viharn of Wat Phra Sing also captivates visitors with its incredibly detailed ornaments and golden paintings.
Wat Pha Lat is a hidden gem of Chiang Mai, located just a few miles below Doi Suthep in the forest. This Buddhist temple is probably the most peaceful one can find in Chiang Mai.
The temple site is unique and blends harmoniously into the natural environment on a cliff and borders a waterfall.
The only way to reach Wat Pha Lat is the "Monk's Trail", marked by trees wrapped in the usual orange cloth used by the monks to get dressed, and leading moderately uphill
for about 45 minutes.
Once you've reached the temple, you'll realize that a 45-minute hike is a breeze, measured at the first sight of the staircase, which is decorated with two dragons and ending abruptly
at the edge of the waterfall. It is simply amazing.
Note: we recommend wearing good shoes and bring some pieces of clothing to cover your shoulders and/or thighs in the temple
Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phrachomklao Rachanusorn (what a long name) is also known by the names Wat Phabatpuphadang, Wat Phrabuddhabat or Wat Doi and these absolutely spectacular
temples and pagodas dotting the mountain peaks are most likely the most breathtaking in all of Thailand and were each carried up piece by piece by a local monk and a team
of nearly 50 workers just over a decade ago and are since then clinging to the jagged cliff face at the top of a mountain, overlooking a sheer drop close to 1,000 meters below.
Wat Chaloem might not be super popular with foreigners yet as it is not near the tourist hot spots, but it is well loved by Thais so on weekends or holidays it is a good idea
to stay one night to be able to go early in the morning. You will not be disappointed and the 2,5 hour drive from Chiang Mai is well worth it.
Note: there is a guesthouse approx. 15 minutes near the Wat (Santisuk Hotel, approx. 700 THB, nice & clean, Link) if you want to stay overnight. No online booking - give them a call, the owners speak some English
Wat Chiang Man was built a year after the city was founded at the end of the 13th century on the site where King Mangrai had set up camp to coordinate the construction of the city from there. Next to the chedi are many ornate elephant statues that stand out for their sheer size and exceptional craftsmanship, and the fully wooded and worth seeing library, or the Ubosot, the most important place for ceremonies in almost every wat, draws visitors into its spell. Wat Chiang Man is located in the historic old town of Chiang Mai and is therefore very easily accessible from anywhere and worth a visit.
Wat Sri Suphan is often referred to as the "Silver Temple" and although the temple itself is not very large, it is still one of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai.
The Wat is located in the "Silver District" of Chiang Mai and lives up to its nickname: one is greeted by a sea of silver - everywhere glitters and shines.
Next to the wat, the silver ornaments of the temple are made next to other objects and the workers let visitors on request like watching the individual elements in great craftsmanship.
Note: Unfortunately, women are not allowed to enter the interior of the temple building
Located right in the center of Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang is one of the city's most important and most visited wats due to its central location. The complex also captivates with its many attractions, notably the Viharn Luong, the monastery building of the Wats, which houses the most important Buddha statue made entirely of jade. In the north and east of the Viharn there are two over ten meters high chedis, which have been in place since the beginning of the temple complex, and opposite the Chedi Luang, a statue of the reclining Buddha, decorated with gold leaf, attracts the attention of the visitors.
About 1 km west of the old city, not far from the airport, is Wat Suan Dok ("Field of Flowers" - the Wat was built on a former flower garden), with its 48-meter-high chedi, behind which rises Doi Suthep and with the large prayer hall Sala Kan Parian, the showpiece of Wat where there are two large Buddha statues. The outdoor area also offers visitors a variety of things: the many white chedis containing the remains of former members of the royal family, or the Ubosot, which houses another 5-meter bronze Buddha statue.
If you are interested in history and archeology, you should visit this ancient underground city, which is located about 5 km south of the old town of Chiang Mai. In 1986/87, the first excavations began, after previously some old panels were found, which led to the discovery of other hidden ruins of the city Wiang Kum Kam. Meanwhile, the remains of about 30 temples have been uncovered. The restored Wat Chedi Liam and Wat Kan Thom are still active temples today. If you like ancient sites, Wiang Kum Kam is definitely worth a visit.
2018-12-12, 7:56 PM
This was one of the most haunting experiences during our tour in Thailand. From the first contact immediately a warm and friendly welcome and everything of the tour was neatly explained. The program of the tour itself was very varied with experiences that you can not miss in all respects. Great expertise ... [More...]
2018-11-27, 4:53 AM
Matt and Julia, Austria
We had the 2day/1night Trekking Tour with Ping as our Guide and we were outstandingly satisfied with the Tour. Always friendly and with a smile on his face he guided us perfectly through the wilderness of Northern Thailand. The Food he cooked was amazing and the Bamboo Raft Part was just pure fun :-) ... [More...]
2018-11-26, 5:00 PM
Summa cum laude
Nachdem ich die sehr guten Bewertungen gelesen habe,buchten wir auch einen 3-Tagestrip. Wenn ich jeweils eine Note für Betreuung, Kompetenz, Routenverlauf, Organisation, Bewirtung, Preis-Leistungsverhältnis geben würde, dann erhält diese Tour eine 1+/ summa cum laude!!! Ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen!
2018-11-11, 3:12 PM
Un treck 3 jours/ 2 nuits avec notre guide Boon pour une première visite en Thaïlande. Il nous a fait partager sa passion pour ce superbe endroit et ses connaissances de la faune et la flore. Merci aussi à lui pour sa gentillesse ainsi que ses talents de cuisinier qui ont ponctués nos soirées. Je ... [More...]
2018-10-06, 5:31 AM
Unforgettable ,off the beaten bath, experience
Ursula, Martin & Elias, Switzerland
We and our 15 year old son were very pleased with the 3 days trekking tour with song and song song. Well organized, excellent fresh food incl. breakfast. Very interesting to see, with how little people live in very remote areas and create such wonderful tasty meals. Highlights: Waterfall, bamboo rafting ... [More...]