Some 10 miles (15km) west of Chiang Mai lies the Doi Suthep
Mountain, famous for the Wat Phrathat temple perched on the summit.
Legend has it that in the late 14th century King Ku Na was looking
for somewhere to house a collection of holy relics. He placed them
in a howdah (canopied seat) on the back of an elephant and let the
animal wander. The elephant proceeded to climb Doi Suthep, on top
of which it trumpeted, turned round three times and knelt to
indicate that this was the spot. Within the site are bells,
pagodas, statues and shrines influenced by both Buddhist and Hindu
culture, including a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of
the Hindu god Ganesh. Wat Phrathat can be reached either by a
flight of 290 steps, or by funicular, and offers breathtaking views
of the countryside.
Transportation: Songthaews (red taxi trucks)leave from in front of
Chaing Mai University and in front of the Chaing Mai Zoo. They cost
around THB 30 per person one-way.
Opening Time: Daily 6am-8pm.
Admission: THB 30, or THB 50 including a return funicular