Chiang Mai dragons.

Chiang Mai Thailand Sightseeing Trips.

Visiting Phuping Palace and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Chedi which are close to Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Chiang Mai is an ideal centre for going on organised trekking and water sports expeditions and is also well placed for the Golden Triangle and Mae Hong Son Loop - all of these tours and trips can be arranged from most hotels and travel agents. Sightseeing trips from Chiang Mai can include going to Phuping Palace and Gardens and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (both locations easily achieved as a half day tour).
Phuping Palace Bhubing Palace Hor Phra, Thailand.

Visiting Phuping Palace and Gardens also known as Bhubing Palace.


A trip out to the Royal Palace can easily be combined with a visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. This is because the Palace has restricted opening hours which currently are 08:30-11:30 and 13:00-15:30 whilst the always open Wat can be visited at any time. Phuping Royal Palace acts as a winter residence for the Thai Royal family so may well be closed between January and March - it's also used for State visits at which time it is of course closed. There is a small entrance fee and you need to wear correct dress in the grounds. The beautifully landscaped gardens are built on several different levels.
Phuping Palace Phra Tamnak Siri Song Bhubing, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phuping Palace rose, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phuping Palace Phra Tamnak Payak Sathit, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Phuping Palace Phra Tamnak Phrueksa Wisuthikhun, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Therefore there are quite a few quite steep climbs involved if you walk right round however from the car park you can use there trolley car/buggy service for those who really cannot manage the steep bits. There is quite a lot to look at around Palace grounds including rose and fern gardens, the Royal Palace itself (you cannot go inside the Palace), various pavilions and shrines.
Phuping Palace reservoir, Thailand. Phuping Palace rose gardens, Thailand. Bhubing Palace Suan Suwaree, Thailand. Phuping Palace watergarden, Thailand.
The reservoir is up on the hillside and overlooked by more gardens and a gazebo - there is a quite powerful -musical- fountain there called the "Fountain of Celestial Water of People". Quite close to the reservoir are toilets, several picnic tables and benches plus a cafe offering a limited choice of food and drink.

Wat Phra Doi Suthep naga staircase, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Chedi - near Chiang Mai.

Situated around 15kms from Chiang Mai the Temple complex is located on Doi Suthep Mountain and dominates the hillside - you reach the Wat by either climbing a flight of 300 naga-lined steps or you can use the vernacular for a small fee. This is a very busy and colourful complex and one of Chiang Mai's and Thailand's most sacred sites. The bell tower is beautifully decorated and has a distinctive layer multi-coloured roof. The main Wihan contains the Gold Buddha image from the 16th century. The impressive central Chedi is gold plated and of Lanna design with 4 multi tiered umbrellas at it's corners.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep bells, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep central chedi, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep bell tower, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep cloister, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep courtyard, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple bells, Chiang Mai, Thailand The whole temple complex is surrounded by cloisters depicting scenes from the Buddha's life and around the outside of the cloisters are numerous bells. Originally used to call the monks and people to worship the bells are now mostly rung by the visitors to the temple (despite "please do not ring the bells" notices everywhere!) The surrounding courtyard contains quite a few small colourful temples, a library and the monks living quarters. This complex is quite high up on the hillside and on a clear day there are beautiful views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding countryside.
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