Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

Doi Suthep is the famed temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which is on top of a mountain about a 25 minute drive from the centre.


The temple offers magnificent views of the valley beneath and is a must-do excursion during your time in northern Thailand. Near the summit of the mountain you will find a long staircase, 306 stairs to be exact, with banisters sculpted in the form of nagas, mythical dragons. You can climb the staircase or take a cable car to the top (The cable car is stroller accessible). Here you will find a shimmering golden chedi, or sculpted Buddhist tower-monument said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. Magnificent Buddha statues and other sculptures surround the chedi, shining in the sunlight. There is a shop at the top of the mountain selling ice creams and there is also a small café. It gets quite busy but you should be able to manage with a stroller although there are steps into the individual buildings so a baby carrier would make a trip here a lot easier. When entering the individual temples you must cover your legs if you are wearing shorts (long pants are provided free of charge) and take off your shoes.