On the second morning in Chiang Mai, we set out for Doi Suthep, a mountain 15 kilometers from the city center and well-known tourist attraction. Starting from the hotel, we enjoyed the view of ancient city walls of Chiang Mai during the ride.
After twenty minutes, we reached Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, also known as DoiSuthep Temple, overlooking the city of Chiang Mai. It is a sacred place to many Thai people and foreign Buddhist pilgrims and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Said to be built in 1383, the temple boasts breathtakingly artistic and holy architecture, pagodas, statues, murals, bells and shrines. On reaching the top, we are greeted with the sight of the golden sputa decorating the centre of the mountain top temple.
There is also a beautiful Emerald Buddha statue on display. Tourists ring the bells around to pray for bliss.
According to Thai legend, the King put the Buddha’s relic on the back of a a white elephant, which was released into the jungle to see where the animal would go. The elephant is said to have climbed up Doi Suthep, stopped, trumpeted three times, then dropped dead. Sothe temple was founded on the site and a shrine built to commemorate the white elephant.
Leaving Doi Suthep Temple, we arrived at Bhubing Rajanives Palace, the royal residence built in 1961 and famous for its architectures and gardens.
It is open to the public, but visitors must must be appropriately dressed and remove their footwear once into the Palace, the same as in the Temple.Tourists may rent or buy proper dressing around the site, but we are still surprised to see girls in knit cap given the local temperature above 30â„ƒ.
Impressive views of Chiang Mai City can be seen from the mountain. Feeling quite relaxed and content with the short trip, our KPmini rider came back in the city, preparing for more splendor in Thailand Tour.