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).
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.
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.
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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- Touring the sites at Chiang Mai in Thailand
- Touring Chiang Mai in Thailand and visiting it's many beautiful Wats, Chedi and Temples - Wat Buppharam, Wat Phra Singh'
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- Day trip from Chiang Mai to look around Doi Inthanon Park, including visiting the beautiful Vachiratham Waterfalls and Mae Klang Waterfalls.
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