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Wat Suan Dok Tours

Wat Suan Dok
Wat Suan Dok’s brilliant golden spire has stretched high into the skyline of the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai 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 just west of the Old City walls.

The Basics
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. At the on-site Buddhist university, monks in training are often eager to share conversation and practice their English with visitors in informal "monk chats.” Many cultural and temple tours of Chiang Mai include a stop at Wat Suan Dok, along with other notable attractions such as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep or Kad Thon Payom market.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wat Suan Dok is a must-visit for photographers and those interested in Thai Buddhism.
  • Remember to dress respectfully, as this is an active place of worship.
  • The temple is free to enter, but donations are accepted.

How to Get There
The temple is located on Suthep Road, a half-mile (1 kilometer) west of the Suan Dok Gate, west of Chiang Mai’s Old City. If you’re not visiting with a guide, the best way to get there is to hire a tuk-tuk.

When to Get There
Those wanting to capture images of the impressive temple architecture should plan to arrive just before sunrise or sunset. Monk chats on the grounds typically take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. 

The Founding of Doi Suthep
If local legend is to be believed, Wat Suan Dok played a part in the founding of nearby Doi Suthep Temple. As the story goes, Wat Suan Dok once housed a Buddhist relic that broke into two pieces. One piece was housed in the temple’s main pagoda; the other was placed on the back of a white elephant. The elephant then climbed Doi Suthep and died on its slopes. Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was founded on the site where the animal met its demise.
Address: Suthep Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

Chiang Mai City and Temples Half-Day Tour

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This half-day Chiang Mai temple tour explores the most famous and picturesque of the city’s 36 Buddhist Wats, the perfect introduction to Northern Thailand’s cultural and religious capital. Experience Chiang Mai’s most visually stunning Buddhist temples, including the gorgeous 600-year-old Wat Phrathat Doi Sutep atop the 5,300-foot (1,615 meter) Doi Suthep Peak, plus plenty of great photo-ops. The tour includes the services of a guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transport and hotel pick-up and drop-off from central Chiang Mai.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.73
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Private Chiang Mai City Tour including Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch

Private Chiang Mai City Tour including Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch

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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
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.46
Price varies by group size
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Private Chiang Mai City Tour with Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch

Private Chiang Mai City Tour with 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
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.46
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US$120.46
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Private Chiang Mai City Tour with Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok & Lunch

Private Chiang Mai City Tour with 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
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$112.43
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Private Chiang Mai Temple Tour with Doi Suthep and Wat Umong

Private Chiang Mai Temple Tour with Doi Suthep and Wat Umong

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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).
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.30
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4-Hour Doi Suthep and Temples Tour from Chiang Mai

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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.
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  • 4 hours
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US$64.09
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Best Day Trip Chiangmai City Temple+Doi Suthep+Wat Palad+Home Industries

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  • 6 hours
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US$91.08
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Private Tour: Chiang Mai City and Temples

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Experience the beauty and mystery Thailand’s most impressive and historic Buddhist temples on this private tour from Chiang Mai. Travel with your expert local guide on a half-day excursion that includes round-trip hotel transport with the option of morning or afternoon departure. Get an up close look and behind the scenes insight as your travel through some of the north’s top attractions with your friendly private guide.
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  • 3 hours
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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.
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  • 4 hours
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Half-Day Private Tour Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and Temples of Chiang Mai

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Make the most of even a short stay in Chiang Mai on this door-to-door private tour of three of the city’s most significant temples. Exploring with a guide, check off hilltop Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, 14th-century Wat Suan Dok, and serene Wat Ched Yot, with its seven spires—all in just half a day.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-Day City Temples Tour of Chiang Mai

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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.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.76
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Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour

Chiang Mai City & Temples Tour

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With literally hundreds of temples to choose from, you could spend weeks exploring Chiang Mai. Cut to the chase in just a morning (or an afternoon) on this guided door-to-door tour of three signature temples. Start at mountaintop Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, with sweeping views across the city; head to 14th-century Wat Suan Dok, with its bell-shaped stupa; finish at Wat Chedi Luang, once home to the Emerald Buddha.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Evening! Crisscross Chiang Mai's Night by the classic Tuk Tuk

Private Evening! Crisscross Chiang Mai's Night by the classic Tuk Tuk

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Experience real Thai culture & local night life in our evening TukTuk tour while you are driving roads along city’s moats, old walls and back alleys. Take in a quiet temples that light up when the sun goes down and learn real local life from our guide in a bustling nigh market. Enjoy a photo stops at Chiang Mai’s most intriguing spots. Let’s TukTuk the city strees to absord the local atmosphere You can soak yourself in the real local life in local’s classic transportation TukTuk! You will be picked up at your hotel at 6.00 pm and drive get back at aroud 9.20 pm.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Covid-19 Regulated Private Tour Chiang Mai

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See the highlights of Chiang Mai with the benefit of your own private guide who shows you around this vibrant city in northern Thailand. Go through the old city center and beyond to explore glittering temples, bustling markets, and museums that cover architecture and culture. Entrance tickets are included, along with light refreshments.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chiang Mai Instagram Tour: Most Famous Spots (Private and All-Inclusive)

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Our Chiang Mai Instagram Tour will take you to the most instagrammable spots in the North of Thailand, all in one day. If you’re looking to experience the local culture, try some delicious food and get a ton of great vacation photos, then this is the tour for you! Our all-inclusive Chiang Mai day tour will start with you being picked up from your hotel by one of our awesome local tour guides who will be so excited to show you around their home. Plus, all of our guides speak great english, so nothing will be lost in translation! == 9:00 AM – Pick up at your hotel 9:40 AM – Arrive at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple 10:50 AM – Visit Wat Rajamontean Temple 11:40 AM – Visit the Silver Temple 12:30 PM – Arrive at Ta Phae Gate 1:05 PM – Enjoy Lunch at a Secret Instagrammable Cafe 2:10 PM – Visit Wat Suan Dok Temple 3:20 PM – Walk through the Umbrella Village 4:00 PM – Return back to your Hotel 4:30 PM – Arrive Back at your Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Thai Culture& Experience with Buddhism

Private Tour: Thai Culture& Experience with Buddhism

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  • 6 to 7 hours
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A Venerable Meeting with a Monk

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Guided by the principles of the Lord Buddha, monks form one of the corner stones of Thai society. We give visitors an insight in the serene, simple lifestyle at a leading Chiang Mai temple as you converse with a monk about the matters of life in Thailand. • Witness the vastness of Chiang Mai atop Suthep Hill • Find yourself at peace at a renowned forest temple • Be inspired by the words of a leading monk • Learn about the Buddhist principles at Wat Suan Dok • Return transfers from and to your hotel are included
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Chiang Mai Temples & City

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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
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.00
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US$119.00
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Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai City and Temples with Pick Up

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With over 300 temples (wats) in Chiang Mai alone, just deciding which are the best to see can be an overwhelming decision. This half day guided tour takes you to three of the most fascinating, being Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Suan Dok, and Wat Chedi Luang.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Chiang Mai Temples & City History Small Group Tour – Half Day

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chiang Mai City and Temple tour (Min 2 pax )

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# Chiang Mai is so much more than just comfort and convenience it’s a historical, cultural and natural Utopia; a place where beauty meets magnificence. Let us look behind the scenes of the breathtaking sites of our fair city, and offer you a compilation of other reasons why you just can’t beat the charm of Chiang Mai # Visit the famous Wat Suan Dok which shows the symbol of royal family # Explore Wat Phra Singh which. is one of the focal point of Songkran festivals in Thailand. # Get a glance of Wat Chedi Luang which is the site of an enormous pagoda # At last visit the illustrious Wat Chiang Man which is considered to be the oldest temple in Chiang Mai
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Discover 8 Chiang Mai Temples & Cruise along Mae Ping river

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A full-day of Chiang Mai city discovery fully packed with beautiful temples, architectures, and relaxation. Enjoy cruising along the Mae Ping River and its serene surroundings and learn about Northern Thailand’s culture and the story of Lanna Kingdom. All with comfortable transport, and high standard services of our knowledgable guide who will provide a live-commentary with insights of all the attractions.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.53
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US$111.53
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Half Day Old Town Chiang Mai Temple & City Private Tour (Minimum 2 Pax)

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Chiang Mai is so much more than just comfort and convenience it’s a historical, cultural and natural Utopia; a place where beauty meets magnificence. Let us look behind the scenes of the breathtaking sites of our fair city, and offer you a compilation of other reasons why you just can’t beat the charm of Chiang Mai.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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US$82.23
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