Wat Phra That Doi Kham
Wat Phra That Doi Kham is a religious structure that was built at the end of the 7th century and is situated on top of the hill outside Chiang Mai. Wat Phra is home to the giant Buddha - an iconic structure that stands 17-metres high.
Wat Phra That Doi treats its guest to both architectural and natural beauty. From the top of the hill, you will get a glimpse of both the city and the rolling mountains of Doi Pui. Intricate details fill this religious edifice – details that tell a story about Buddhism. Make sure to come physically prepared – you will have to take 300-steps to get to the top of the temple. While on the way up, you will enjoy the mind-boggling details in the staircase – the giant napa stake sculpture is just one.
The temple also observes a modest dress code – avoid wearing clothing that does not cover the shoulders and knees as a sign of respect to the monks and to the temple. You can always rent a scarf if you came unprepared.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham is located in Mae Hia District, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Opening Days and Hours
This attraction is open daily from 6:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance to Wat Phra That Doi Kham is USD 1. The fee is used to improve tourism efforts in the place.
How to Get There
- Fly to Chiang Mai via AirAsia.
- Transportation options around the area are limited so it’s highly suggested for visitors to book a roundtrip taxi service from the city.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is one hour.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit this attraction is on the afternoon – not only will you be spared from the heat, but the temple also looks more majestic during the sunset.
Fern Forest Cafe, Why Ribs and Rumps, Goodsouls Kitchen, Coffee Corner Kitchen, and Bird’s Nest Cafe are some of the dining options near Wat Phra That Doi Kha.
- Wat Chedi Luang
- Doi Suthep
- Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Duangtawan Hotel, Furama, Dusit Princess, U Nimman and De Lanna Hotel are some of the accommodations to choose from while in Chiang Mai. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 80.