Sri and I decided now to spend at least every second weekend at a new place – wherever we are. Being in Chiang Mai for already three months, we unfortunately didn’t see much of the city or even its surroundings.

Last week we watched the latest Transformer movie at Central Plaza Mall, a place we visit nearly every day because of the fantastic food court at the basement, however we never went to the cinema before here. It was quite interesting for us to see and learn that a two-minutes clip of the king & queen of Thailand are shown prior to every movie. Oh and you have to stand up from your seat and show respect.

This sunday we took a trip to Wat Doi Suthep, a temple on the hill with fantastic views over Chiang Mai.

Having been to a number of Buddhist and Hindu temples, Wat Doi Suthep has some kind of magical atmosphere – but if you’re asking us why, the answer would be simply “I don’t know why, visit and experience it yourself”.

That being said, it’s also quite easy to reach; either you do it like we did and rent a motor scooter, starting from 100 Baht per day or you take a red Songthew from the Doi Suthep stop at the foot of the hill for 40 Baht per person and way. From there it takes about 15-20 minutes to reach the top. The entry fee to the temple is 30 Baht or 50 Baht if you take the cable car (return trip) instead of walking the 300 steps.

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 Monks at Doi Suthep

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The history of the temple dates back to 1383…

White Elephant

…with the legend of the white elephant

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 The temple overlooks Chiang Mai from a great angle

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 Little girls dressed in traditional hill tribe clothes waiting for tourists to take a pictures – for a bit of pocket money

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