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Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai (April 2002)
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Monday, 29 April 2002 01:01

In April 2002, we went on a road trip to Northern Thailand. One of the highlights was the temple on Doi Suthep. This temple is Chiang Mai's most important and visible landmark, and overlooks the city from its forested mountain backdrop. It is 15 kilometres from town, 3,520 feet above sea level, and dates from 1383. The temple is approached on foot by climbing a steep staircase comprising 290 steps. The less energetic may ascend by funicular rail cars. The temple's golden pagoda contains holy Buddha relics, and attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world throughout the year.

This is a picture of me sitting at the bottom of the steps. I went there in the summer holidays in April 2002. I was walking up there and by time I got to the top, I was tired like a dog!