Ban Doi Suthep

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  • Day109

    Hike to Hmong Hill Tribe Village.

    December 15, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Lara sent me off with the Doi Suthep Walkers early this morning. The Walkers are a collection of local hiking aficionados and the current Chiang Mai travellers lucky enough to stumble upon their Facebook page (myself included). We climbed for close to three hours to a small hill tribe village where we enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by one of the families from the village. It was fun to be out with other travellers and talk shop, although none of them were also escaping from their young children for the day. Hikers from our group represented England, Romania, Finland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, Malaysia, China, and the good old US of A.
    - Geoff
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  • Day93

    Wat Pha Lat - The Monk's Trail

    November 29, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today we got up bright and early to try and beat the heat on a hike up Doi Suthep, a mountain just outside of Chiang Mai. We met up with Gene and Susan who joined us for the first part of the hike, and then we continued off on our own. It is called The Monk’s Trail because, before the road was put in, it was used by the monks on their ascent to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep near the top of the mountain. About half way up, we reach Wat Pha Lat, a former resting place for the monks on their journey to the top. This Wat is built around has several serene pools that are filled and emptied by small waterfalls. Since this is midway on the road to the top, this beautiful place is usually ignored by the tour busses so it remains peaceful and is fun to explore almost completely on our own. Past Wat Pha Lat, we continued on a very steep trek for another hour to finish at our goal, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After exploring the temple, we rode back to Chiang Mai in the back of a songthaew with several travellers, all of whom were at least half our age. They were all very impressed that the kids had hiked themselves up to the top!
    - Geoff
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  • Day5

    Day 5/72 - Hike up to Doi Suthep

    November 1, 2018 in Thailand ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Fantastic day today! The plan was set to follow a monk trail up to a temple at the top of one of the mountains surrounding Chaing Mai. After a decent night's sleep, we got up, donned our walking boots and headed to a bakery to stock up on food before our hike. A couple of croissants and pastries down the hatch and some bacon and pepper bread things in the bag, we hailed a red pick up truck style taxi and headed for the start point.

    We were dropped off at the bottom of the hill, on the shanty outskirts of Chaing Mai. We started our watches and headed up the hill. The first part of the hike was on steep roads past shacks and the Chaing Mai zoo, but soon lead to a single footpath that took us up the mountain. It was tough, steep walking but felt so good to be trekking through the jungle. The butterflies danced around as we ducked under vines with trails of huge ants criss crossing over us. The path itself was rocky and muddy, and Tom in particular was very pleased to have walking boots to give his glass ankles the support they deserved. The trees kept the heat in and we were soon drenched in sweat, but as well climbed the air cooled. After an hour or so we came across a small temple like area overlooking the city, here the river split into small waterfalls; it was a stunning little hideaway.

    We crossed one of the winding mountain roads and plunged back into the jungle on the other side, the path becoming more and more overgrown. The more we climbed, the steeper the path became and almost an hour later we shimmied over our last fallen tree and climbed up onto the road leading to Doi Suthep. We looked terrible but it was very gratifying to have 2 people trot down the steps to the temple saying, "wow have you walked all the way from Chiang Mai?! Like, through the jungle down there?!". The temple was looked after by monks who lived in the wooden houses teetering on the hillside. We wandered around the viewpoint and platform, taking in the views with fresh water and a magnum, whilst Izzi peered over the edge and fretted about the height. It was incredibly high. The aircraft taking off from Chaing Mai Airport began their turn below the level we were at. We took in the sights for a little while longer and then headed back down the hillside.

    At the bottom of the hill we spotted another red truck taxi at the end of the road we were dropped off on, and although we must have lost a good few years off our lives with the fumes that clouded the truck as it lurched through the city, it was great to know a shower was at the end of the journey. After we'd washed up, we went in search of food and almost immediately walked across a pizza place with great recommendations. Feeling a little cheeky for not solely eating rice and noodles for dinner, we had a delicious pizza with watermelon shakes (incredible.), and promised ourselves that we'd get thai food the next day. This turned out to be a very easy promise however, as we wandered through a night bazaar lined with all kinds of chefs, playing with fire and tossing an array of food and cutlery. The night bazaar was brill, and we had some quick frozen ice cream made with bananas and oreos right in front of our eyes. As we ate, entertainment filled the square and women dancing with umbrellas, scarily long finger nails and masked dancers put on a performance to the crowd. After this, a Thai band came on and sang a plethora of pop songs from the 00's. A reggae version of Adele's "Someone Like You" has never been so well received.
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  • Day28

    700 Höhenmeter auf der Ladefläche

    January 29, 2018 in Thailand ⋅

    Mit den Songtaews, das sind rote Pickups 🚘 mit 2 Sitzbänken auf einer überdachten Ladefläche, fährt man in Chiang Mai überall hin – wir auch. Heute sind wir die Serpentinen zum Wat Prathat auf den Doi Suthep raufgeschaukelt. Nach der coolen Aussicht von oben auf die Stadt habe wir (wieder unter) eine kleine und entspannte Fahrradtour 🚲🚲 durch dieselbe unternommen.Read more

  • Day165

    Chiang Mai #2

    February 12, 2018 in Thailand ⋅

    Am zweiten Tag mieteten wir uns einen Roller für umgerechnet 7 Franken und fuhren in den etwa 15 km entfernten Wat Pha Dat und in die bekannteste Tempelanlage Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Die Fahrt mit dem Roller hat Spass gemacht und war zum Doi Suthep eine richtige Passfahrt. Die Retourfahrt in der Rush Hour war dann recht abenteuerlich und zum Schluss fuhr ich dann auch wie ein halber Thai; Verkehrsregeln gibts eigentlich nicht und man schlängelt sich durch, wo's halt geht.
    Zum Zmittag gönnte ich mir dann in der Stadt einen kleinen Insekten-Snack. Ob nun der Heugümper, die mini Grillen oder die Raupen am besten geschmeckt haben, kann ich nicht abschliessend sagen. Fein wars aber definitiv.
    Da Katrin mit Dank auf die Insekten verzichtete, gönnte sie sich dafür danach ein Facial Treatment und sah danach gleich 10 Jahre jünger aus.
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  • Day7

    Doi Suthep -> Chiang Mai

    February 13, 2018 in Thailand ⋅

    Jetzt ging es nach einem leckeren Mittagessen auf der Spitze des Berges wieder zurück nach Chiang Mai. Wir haben dann noch einen kleinen Abstecher abseits der Route gemacht und noch einen fantastischen Wasserfall gefunden.. Also wieder Mal für ein paar schöne Bilder halten! Der Tag hat uns bisher am besten gefallen. Rollerfahren bei 33°C und zwischendurch abkühlen und tolle Landschaften bestaunen. Ganz am Ende auf dem Rückweg haben wir dann noch an einem Street Market gehalten und uns gestärkt. Das Essen war der Hammer - sowas haben wir noch nie vorher gegessen... Und werden wir vllt auch nie wieder 😢Read more

  • Day9

    What Phra Doi Suthep

    March 9, 2017 in Thailand ⋅

    Da uns das Roller fahren gestern so gut gefiel, verlängerten wir den Mietvertrag und cruisten heute ebenfalls mit unserem pinkfarbenen Flitzer durch die Gegend. Erster Halt war der Doi Suthep, auf dem Gipfel eines Berges. Nach einer halbstündigen Fahrt, inklusive Polizeikontrolle (alles gut gelaufen) und 11km Bergstraße kamen wir an. Die letzte Hürde waren die 300 Stufen bis zum Tempel hinauf, aber der Aufstieg hatte sich gelohnt.

    Neben der beeindruckend Tempelanlage gab es bei herrlichem Sonnenscheinwetter einen schönen Blick über ganz Chiang Mai zu sehen. Die angenehmen 22 Grad und der leichte Wind waren eine schöne Abkühlung.

    Auf dem Heimweg machten wir eine ausführliche Erkundung der äußeren Stadtbereiche mit unserem Zweirad. Abgeschlossen wurde der Tag mit einen Essen auf dem Night Bazaar.
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  • Day20

    A taste of the North

    December 28, 2016 in Thailand ⋅

    We spent 10 days in one of Thailand's northern-most cities, Chiang Mai. One week of the time was at the Elephant Nature Park where we lived at a sanctuary for elephants rescued from the abusive tourism industry (see last post). As volunteers, we were rewarded with some fantastic food! We had buffet meals every day which were totally vegan. That is because the founders of the park don't believe in any kind of animal cruelty. We got everything from grilled BBQ pork style vegan shish kebabs to hot dogs that I swear tasted exactly like the real thing!! And endless combos of coconut, noodles, tofu, and tofu-like textured meat substitutes!!

    The rest of our time here, we explored and got a true "taste" of this colorful region.

    We first visited a tribal village, Lisu, and got to see life there with a tour guide. Lisu is a mountain village of only 1000 people of Tibetan descent. Our guide took us to see a local artisan who hand-makes colorful bags and a shaman who can heal sickness. We drank Lisu tea in traditional bamboo cups in his healing house as we learned about the traditions here. Legend has it, only spirits can choose who will become the next shaman. He uses bones and other symbolic tools to see the future, approve or disapprove if a couple can get married, and heal villagers, often after modern medicines don't cure them.

    We then visited Araksa, the only tea plantation in Thailand which produces its tea strictly by hand. Dozens of other tea plantations in Thailand exist, but they use machinery. We got to hand pick tea leaves ready for green tea production (see pic of Marc and his basket of leaves), cook our leaves dry in a large wok, taste the teas we picked with traditional northern sweet roasted rice cookies, and even take the leaves home to drink as a souvenir of our own hard work!

    We got the ultimate taste of the city with a guided walking food tour! Our fantastic guide was Nat (border patrol policeman by day, foodie by night!). That's the second pic. He took us to six total stops that are known by locals to be the best food trucks and hole in the wall cafes. Tourists don't come to these hidden gems since the menus are only in Thai. We were lucky to experience true local eats: pad Thai noodles wrapped in a thin egg omelet burrito eaten with banana flowers, crunchy fried roti "crepes" with curry and chicken, a Chinese veggie called morning glory (broccoli-spinach hybrid) sauteed in garlic and pork skin, and a Lanna (northern ethnicity) style platter of minced chicken in spicy tomato sauce, coconut curry meats, crispy dried pork skins, marinated veggies and cucumbers to counter the hot spice, and green chili sauce in case it wasn't already hot enough. Of course, it was all served with sticky rice. The Lanna platter is also pictured in the second pic with Nat. And we topped off the night with Thai-spiced cocktails.

    Another northern specialty we tasted was Burmese cuisine, since this area used to be occupied by Burma (Myanmar). Our favorite was tea leaf salad, which is full of fresh vegetables, crunchy balls, and other components we couldn't really identify. After stumbling on some dried broad bean snacks at a convenience store much later, we discovered that those are part of the salad!

    In Chiang Mai, we even squeezed in a trip to the National Astronomy Research Institute of Thailand, NARIT. We came to give our dissertation talks there as visiting researchers ( and to establish possible future collaborations. The center is only 8 years old but they may open an astrobiology branch soon! They were very welcoming and grateful, and they asked us great questions after our talks. We surely deserved our daily one-hour massage after that hard day, lol.

    I'm writing this post from one of the oldest and most revered temples in northern Thailand, Wat Doi Suthep, as I'm sipping passionfruit juice. Real, high quality, cold exotic fruit juices like this are available for very cheap on every street corner from vendors. They are one of the many interesting fruit and meat snacks you can buy in the streets literally every 10 metres. Another favorite is anything on a stick: grilled meats, balls of fish or tofu, whole pineapple, etc!

    At this temple, we got a taste of the sights of the colorful and sparkling temple and stupa structures as we smelled the incense traditionally burned as part of Buddhist blessings and prayers. We also visited several other Buddhist temples, including Wat Jetlin (or Chedlin), which was used for the coronation of Lanna (a northern Thai ethnicity) kings in the 16th century.

    At one temple, Wat Chedi Luang, we even got to meet a monk as part of the "chat with a monk" program. Temples encourage tourists to get to know the Thai and Buddhist ways of life and exchange their own experiences with monks. We met Saboan, pictured below. He came from Cambodia to go to study Buddhism in Thailand because it was less expensive. He splits his time between college classes (English and Buddhist studies) and the temple (prayers, chores, studying Buddhism). He's not allowed to play sports for fear that the public might not take monks seriously and respect them less, but he seems happy. He enjoys his monk community and sharing knowledge about Buddhism. He was also happy to practice English on us because he wants to become a tour guide in Cambodia after college.

    Now we are heading to a Word Heritage site for a few days, Sukhothai, where we will see ruins of the ancient Siamese empire and first capital of Thailand. "Khop khun ka" for reading and "sawadee ka" until next time!


    Après notre semaine parmi les éléphants, on a passé quelques jours à Chiang Mai, deuxième ville de Thaïlande avec 400000 habitants (Bangkok en compte 15 millions). Un peu comme à Toulouse, une bonne partie sont des étudiants, et la vieille ville est entourée d'un canal, à vocation défensive. Chiang Mai est aussi beaucoup plus relax que Bangkok, voire hippie, avec plein de petits cafés et chambres d'hôtes. Je me verrais presque y habiter !

    Portés par cette ambiance détendue, on a fait des massages une priorité : aromatherapie dimanche soir en arrivant, pierres chaudes lundi, compresses aux herbes mardi, enrobage au miel mercredi, et tête et pieds jeudi avant de repartir. Il n'y a plus qu'à nous faire rôtir au four et on est prêts à servir !

    D'autant qu'on a été bien nourris, grâce à une balade gustative guidée par un gourmet local, Nat (voir description détaillée en anglais). Nat, la journée, enquête sur les trafics de drogue (héroïne et meth), de teck et d'ivoire à la frontière birmane. Les paysans frontaliers birmans et laotiens sont très pauvres, et la culture d'opium et son raffinement en héroïne, contrôlé par des gangs et barons, leur permet de survivre mieux que s'ils ne cultivaient que des légumes. Nat est amené de temps à autre à arrêter les malfrats en hélico, c'est un James Bond gourmand.

    Entre ces pauses relaxation et dégustation, on a visité plusieurs temples. Au premier abord on est submergés par les couleurs et les dorures, mais quand on s'y arrête quelques heures, comme à Wat Doi Suthep sur la colline qui borde Chiang Mai, on apprécie mieux l'art et l'architecture. Il nous manque quand même les codes approfondis du bouddhisme pour vraiment comprendre. On a pu échanger avec Saboan, un moine cambodgien, sur la vie étudiante en Thaïlande et en Occident.

    Enfin, on a passé un après midi scientifique au National Astronomy Research Institute of Thailand, fondé il y a 8 ans, pour presenter nos recherches et jeter les bases de possibles futures collaborations. Les chercheurs du NARIT ont été super accueillants, comme la plupart des gens qu'on a rencontrés depuis notre arrivée.

    Maintenant on repart vers le Sud, avec une étape à Sukhothai, la première capitale de Thaïlande, à 5h30 de bus si tout va bien.
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  • Day10

    Wat Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

    March 20, 2017 in Thailand ⋅

    Für heute haben wir uns einen privaten Fahrer gemietet um die Sehenswürdigkeiten rund um Chiang Mai zu erkunden. Der Fahrer hat dann bei jeder Sehenswürdigkeit auf uns gewartet.

    Zu Beginn: der Wat Doi Suthep

    Die kurvenreiche Fahrt den Berg hinauf endet am Fuß der Tempelanlage.
    Dort angekommen muss man erst einmal ca. 300 Treppenstufen nach oben gehen, die aber gemütlich zu schaffen sind. Die gesamte Anlage ist wunderschön bepflanzt. Man hat eine gute Aussicht auf Chiang Mai (Bei uns war es leider noch etwas neblig).Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Ban Doi Suthep, บ้านดอยสุเทพ

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