- Doi Suthep Temple – the most iconic temple in Chiang Mai.
- Doi Pui Village – visit this charming hill tribe village tucked away in the hills.
You cannot say you have visited Chiang Mai without first visiting Doi Suthep. The temple on top of the mountain is the number one destination and apart from the amazing spirituality of the place, the view out over the city below is just spectacular.
If you go on a day trip, you get a VIP bus that picks you up at 8am and in just 30 minutes you reach your first stop of the day, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep or Doi Suthep Temple. There is an electric tram that takes you to the top if you don’t want to take the 309 steps. The temple itself is beautiful, but so is the view out over Chiang Mai below. Don’t forget to take a photo on the stairs before leaving, it’s almost a tradition now!
The next stop was the Doi Pui village, a small village with a beautiful natural flower garden. There are not so many trees so the weather was cool but the garden was beautiful, and only 10 baht entry! Near the garden is a small market selling local handmade products great for souvenirs.
As it is a half day trip, you usually get back into town at around 1pm, so you have time for other things if you wish. It maybe only half a day but the experience is great and a visit Chiang Mai is not complete without a trip to Doi Suthep.