Three Beautiful Temples in Chiang Mai
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
The truth is that Chiang Mai has something that catches the travelers, it is extremely difficult to explain, simply is that way. No matter how many times you visit it, you know that whenever you have the chance, you'll end up repeating, you'll end up coming back because you feel at home there, you feel comfortable losing yourself walking around its streets.
It is the ideal place to take courses in cooking, massage, learning Thai or meditation and, of course, it is the ideal place if you want to take a break on your route through Thailand and enjoy its corners.
Chiang Mai has many temples, many of them within the Old City or walled area. You can find most if you start your route at Tha Phae Gate and go up the whole Ratchadamnoen street towards the Wat Pha Singh. On both sides of this street and in the surrounding streets you will find the great majority of temples that come out in many guides, but I am not going to talk about these temples, but about our 3 favorite temples.
The temples are located outside the walled area. The best way to get there is by renting a motorbike, in a tuk tuk or a songteaw.
1. WAT UMONG
"Umong" in Thai means "tunnel", that's why its name, its network of galleries and tunnels. No doubt you will not find another temple the same in all of Thailand.
It is located near the University of Chiang Mai, in a wooded area, with a small pond and where you will see the monks in their day to day and probably one of them will approach you to start a conversation. It is a quiet temple where you will find few tourists and you can enjoy walking around inside.
It is also one of the usual temples where you can make long meditation retreats.
2. WAT PALAD
It is up to the Doi Suthep on the left side of the road and something hidden, so attention to the signs of the route if you go by motorcycle and go in songteaw just tell the driver.
This beautiful temple, little known also by many tourists is the ideal place to walk alone and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place.
3. WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP
Located on the top of the mountain that bears his name the Doi Suthep. From there you can see Chiang Mai from its wonderful viewpoint.
After climbing your stairs you find this majestic temple full of tourists for most of the day, so the best time to enjoy this place is at dusk, around 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon, when the monks prepare for the prayer and you can enjoy the magic that surrounds the place.
You can organize well and visit the 3 temples on the same day since they are located in nearby areas. To get rent a motorcycle or agree a good price to raise in songteaw or tuk tuk.