Doi Suthep National park and around

Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 02, 2010

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Doi Suthep is a national park (Doi means Hill or mountain) Like many areas in Thailand that have the name "Doi" in them, it usually involves a very long and windy road up and around a hill or mountain that nine times out of ten has a wat or pagoda or giant buddah on top, not to mention attractions and view points along the way. Doi Suthep is no different. The top has both Wat Doi Suthep which has a HUGE golden pagoda and BhuBing palace. Along the way are viewpoints, waterfalls and shrines, some you have to pay to enter, some are free. If you continue along the road after Wat Doi Suthep and BhuBing palace you come back down the mountain the otherside via a similar long and windy road.

This was the same national park i went mountain biking in last month although we got to the summit from the other side which doesn't have as many attractions on the way up and obviously i didn't use the road when coming back down.

Seen so many waterfalls, temples and shrines i only visited the free or cheap ones. So i didn't go inside BhuBing palace or Montha Than Waterfall but took a picture of the entrance for referance. I did however visit Huaykeaw waterfall (free), a shrine which i'm not sure what it's name is, i'll try to find out (free) and Wat Doi Suthep (30B (60pence)) as well as stopping off at various view points along the way.

The shrine was really nice and was still been constructed with new temples and statues around a very very old structure. There was also a cave like structure that housed some very old buddah statues plus a small nature walk that lead accross a bridge over a waterfall that had incredible views. The waterfall was all but dried up, not sure if naturally or due to a dam, but would look awesome if there were flowing and falling water in this scenic area. Also made a new friend here in the form of a little puppy.

I've also included a video to this update, though i've taken many during my time in Thailand, this is the first i've added to a blog update. The video is of the view from the summit of Doi Suthep at Wat Doi Suthep.
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