Wat Doi Suthep

Above the city of Chiang Mai lies the temple of Doi (mountain) Suthep.  It is 16 km up winding mountain road and then another 300 steps to reach the actual temple.



From the top you can overlook the entire city below. Unfortunately, there was a thick layer of smog over Chiang Mai.  Not uncommon given all of the congestion in many cities in Asia.



The afternoon we visited the temple there was a flurry of activity.  Little Akha hilltribe girls were performing traditional dances and hundreds of little monks were leaving the temple to go on what seemed like some sort of field trip. 




The temple was beautiful (as usual) but unlike the ones we’ve recently visited in Lampang this one was full of tourists.  The longer we stay in Thailand the more we depreciate tourists, which consistently lead to more garbage, higher congestion, more scam artists, and higher prices.  Further, over-touristed Wats seem to be the opposite of what they were intended for, that is among other things inner peace and serenity.     (Detail on the Wat )


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