Wat Suan Dok Tours

Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok’s brilliant golden spire stretches high into the skyline of the northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai and has done so just west of the old city walls since the 14th century. The name roughly translates to "field of flowers," as the temple stands on a site that was once the garden of a ruling monarch. Today, the ashes of some of the royal family are tucked into the wat’s spires, as homage to leaders past.

Wat Suan Dok is a favorite among travelers, particularly photographers, who gather amid the temple’s ornate structures during sunrise and sunset to capture impressive photos filled with rose-colored light. A 500-year-old bronze buddha—one of the largest in the region—also makes this a popular stop.

Aside from the structure itself, there is a Buddhist university at the site as well. Monks in training are often eager to share conversation and practice their English with visitors in informal "monk chats."

Practical Info

The temple is located on Suthep Road, a half-mile (one kilometer) west of the Suan Dok Gate, west of the Old City of Chiang Mai. Monk chats are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Also offered are 24-hour meditation retreats on Tuesdays.
Address: Suthep Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai Small-Group Cultural Tour

Rise early for an authentic glimpse of Chiang Mai’s Buddhist culture. Experience a typical morning routine as your start your day with almsgiving to the monks. You’ll ride a ‘songthaew’ to a lively market with your guide and enjoy a traditional Thai breakfast. Then visit two well-known Buddhist temples — Wat Umong and Wat Suan Dok — and gain insight into Thailand as you converse with a monk. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour, limited to nine people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Doi Suthep and Temples From Chiang Mai

Discover some of northern Thailand’s most exquisite Buddhist temples with a private, half-day trip from Chiang Mai. Climb past the seven-headed naga serpents that guard the golden shrine at Wat Phra That Doi Duthep, then take in sweeping views from the summit of the mountain temple. Return to Chiang Mai to learn the story behind a 14th century temple that contains a monk school and shrines to the Thai royal family. Enjoy the flexibility and personal experience of a private trip, and get an insiders’ look at Thai culture.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chiang Mai City Tour including Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh & Wat Suan Dok

Kickstart your time in Chiang Mai on a sightseeing tour that provides an easy way for you to orient yourself in Thailand’s second city. The short duration of this half-day tour makes it the ideal choice for time-pressed travelers, while traveling in the air-conditioned comfort of a minivan allows you to tick off more top attractions in less time.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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4-Hour Doi Suthep and Temples Tour from Chiang Mai

Explore Chiang Mai’s most splendid temples on a 4-hour cultural tour through the city’s gleaming spires, hushed sanctuaries and towering stupas. Climb 300 steps to the mountaintop Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, with commanding views of the surrounding countryside. Stroll the pristine clusters of white chedi in Wat Suan Dok, which contains the ashes of Chiang Mai’s former royal family, and discover the weathered pagodas of Wat Jed Yod, an atmospheric temple whose ‘seven spires’ date to the 15th-century and are nestled in lush jungle foliage.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Chiang Mai Temple Tour with Doi Suthep and Wat Umong

Visit several cultural and religious sites around Chiang Mai on this 8- to 9-hour tour that includes lunch at a local restaurant. You'll see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, one of the most sacred temples in the area, as well as Wat Umong, Wat Suan Dok, and Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain).
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Half-Day City Temples Tour of Chiang Mai

Discover Chiang Mai’s vibrant heritage and sacred sites on a half-day historical tour through the city’s most important temples. Explore the old city walls and pass through Thapae Gate, experience a bustling local market then mount the imposing steps to Wat Chiang Man. Pass by Wat Phrasing’s fierce guardian dragons to visit northern Thailand’s most revered Buddha, sheltered in the intimate Lai Kham Chapel. Circle the 14th-century stupa at Wat Chedi Luang, and join orange-draped monks to pay your respects to a glimmering black jade Buddha.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: City and Temples of Chiang Mai

Discover Chiang Mai’s most intriguing temples and ancient cultures on a private, half-day guided tour of the city.  Step into the gilded interior of 14th-century Wat Phra Singh and explore the manicured grounds of Wat Chiang Man, where fierce — but ornamental — tigers guard the entrance of Chiang Mai’s oldest temple. Join monks and nuns in vivid robes as you wind between Wat Suan Dok’s gold and white chedis, then pay your respects to the glimmering Buddhas in the multihued sanctuary.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day Private Tour Wat Pra That Doi Suthep and Temples of Chiang Mai

Book this 4-hour Private Wat Pra That Doi Suthep and Temples Tour of Chiang Mai to visit some of the most amazing temples including Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok and Wat Jed Yod. On this 4-hour tour you will explore the beauty and history of these famous temples with an expert guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chiang Mai City Tour including Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch

The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples), and on this tour a visit to the most fascinating Wats is made. On this immersive full-day tour, see the many faces of Chiang Mai, including the marvel at the ancient temples Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Chet Yot, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang & Wat Chiang Man, steeped in culture and history.- Guided excursion to 6 well-known temples of Chiang Mai- Exploration of fascinating Chiang Mai ancient temples- Wat Phra That Doi Suthep with far-reaching city views- Visit to 15th-century Wat Chet Yot with its 7-spire stupa- The historic Buddha relic at Wat Suan Dok- Stress-free roundtrip transportation to & from your hotel
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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