Day Trip in Chiang Mai – Doi Suthep Mountain – Bhuping Palace Temple – Hmong Village – Wat Phrathat
What is a great day trip in Chiang Mai? Our acquaintance booked today’s tour with a Songthaew driver in the Doi Suthep National Park. Doi Suthep National Park is a nice day out in Chiang Mai for the whole family. There are four temples to visit today on Doi Suthep Mountain, and one of them requires long clothing. In winter it is very fresh and windy in Chiang Mai.
On the way to our first temple on the mountain Doi Suthep, it went quite curvy up the mountain. With short pants it already froze me in the morning during breakfast and on the ride even more.
The temple Wat Sakithaka
First we drove to the temple Wat Sakithaka. This temple is also located in Doi Suthep National Park. At the temple there is also a beautiful waterfall which is very easy to walk over the rocks. From there you have a very nice view to some great sightseeing spots. There in the temple complex is an ancient and very beautiful temple in the Jungle. After an hour’s stay at Wat Sakithaka, we drove up Mount Doi Suthep up to Bhuping Palace Temple and rose garden.
The Bhuping Palace in Chiang Mai
At the stalls, on top of Doi Suthep mountain, I bought Thai clothing. The entrance fee for foreigners is 50Baht and for Thais 20Baht. In the morning on the mountain, it was fresh 16 ° C and also very windy. When we came for a visit to the rose garden and I could enjoy the view from the mountain down, the trip had already been worthwhile. For lunch we went to our restaurant on the mountain after our sightseeing tour. There we ordered chicken with soy and chili sauce. There was also a banana smoothie and a coffee. Then we continued from Bhuping Palace to Doipui Hill.
Museum on Doipui Hill – Hmong Village
The entrance fee for the museum was 10Baht and later another 10Baht for the visit of the waterfall on the way back. On the way up to Doipui Hill, there is everything in the streets to buy. Definitely worth a visit to Doipui Hill and Hmong Village. On the mountain there is a strawberry farm and fresh coffee to buy, the coffee grows there on the mountain. Doipui Hill offers breathtaking views of the Chiang Mai countryside. You will see impressive and huge bamboo trees, coffee plants, a waterfall and a strawberry farm, and at the top you can enjoy the view over a fresh coffee and sweets. The museum also provides an insight into the historical history of Hmong Village. At Doipui Hill, you can borrow Thai costumes for 50Baht and make memorable pictures and videos.
Important Info – Travel Tip
Unfortunately, there are also people in Hmong Village who want to sell you gems, such as diamonds for 3000Baht. However, with a 4Karat diamond for 3000Baht, you should keep away from it, because this is certainly not genuine. On the way down we bought a few small souvenirs and drove on to the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
The Phrathat Temple
To the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep two ways lead up to the inspection. The first way to the temple is the over the Lange strenuous staircase. The second way to the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is above the lift. Entrance to the temple and the lift was 35Baht. Important and also advertised is for the visit to the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep that you wear long clothes and before entering the temple building, take off your shoes.
From Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple, you have a clear and beautiful view of Chiang Mai city. Our private driver got for the day tour and escort 1200Baht, which we divided on 4 of us. At the temples and on the mountain roads, many drivers offer their services, but the rides are far too expensive. After the 1 hour stay at the temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep it was about 17.30 o’clock back to the hotel.