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Doi Suthep is the name of a national park, mountain, and sacred temple all located northwest of Chiang Mai. Many Thais believe no visit to this city in the northern part of their country would be complete without a Doi Suthep pilgrimage. Even the Thai royal family has chosen this serene area as their winter home. Doi Suthep-Pui National Park also includes an even taller mountain peak called Doi Pui and the popular Ban Doi Pui Hmong village.Don’t Miss
It takes 306 steps to reach the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple entrance, but climbers will be rewarded with an unforgettable Chiang Mai view from the Doi Suthep summit.
The Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple interior, including one of Thailand's holiest chedis, is no less spectacular. Visitors are also welcome at the winter Phra Tamnak Phu Phing palace as long as the Thai royal family is not in residence.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy picnics at the even higher Doi Pui mountain peak summit, but the trek to the top of Doi Pui is just the highest of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park's many hiking and cycling trails. The Nam Tok Monthathon trail features the relaxing Monthathan, Huay Kaew, and Mae Sa waterfalls. Mok Fa is an often overlooked part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park which features a nature trail, cave, and another cascading waterfall.Restaurants and Bars
The area around Doi Suthep-Pui National Park contains a large number of restaurants. There is also a coffee plantation where visitors can spend the night or enjoy a cup of coffee while trekking between the Doi Pui camp ground and Hmong village. A small snack bar is situated near the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple.Shopping
The most recommended Doi Suthep shopping experience is the large paved market where visitors can buy crafts and souvenirs handmade by members of the Hmong hill tribe called Ban Doi Pui. However, there is also a less commercialised Hmong village called Kun Chang Kian Mong located near Doi Suthep. Several local craft vendors and souvenir shops are situated at the bottom of the Naga Serpent stairs as well as in the rest of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep area.