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Things to Do in Chiang Mai: Hiking up to Wat Pha Lat

Everyone knows Doi Suthep Wat Phra That Temple at the top of Doi Suthep and probably all tourists make a trip up there at least once on his or her trip to Chiang Mai. We made the trip a few weeks after arriving in Chiang Mai and it is an amazing place with an awesome view over Chiang Mai.

However, few people are aware of Wat Pha Lat, a Buddhist temple located a few kilometres below the famous Doi Suthep Wat Phra That Temple.

To get to the start of the hike, follow the directions from ‘8 Miles from Home’.

The hike up to the temple once leaving the road is quite steep in places, with plenty of loose rocks around so make sure you wear proper shoes. Once you reach the Wat, you are entering an active Wat and we saw a few monks around, so you do need to be respectful and cover up (ie, shorts to the knees, cover your shoulders). It isn’t necessary to be covered up during the whole hike, just for when you are exploring the Wat.

Make sure you bring water with you because unlike Doi Suthep Wat Phra That Temple there are no stalls selling water, food or souvenirs, which is great. You also don’t have to worry about fighting through hordes of tourists. Apart from Collen and I there was only one other small group visiting the Wat. Take your time, stroll around and enjoy the peacefulness of the area.

A part of this great Chiang Mai video from the ‘8 Miles from Home’ guys highlights the trip up to Wat Pha Lat.

Make sure you take the hike up to Wat Pha Lat, but don’t spread the news too far…we don’t want it jam-packed with tourists on our next visit 😉

Have you visited Wat Pha Lat? Share your comments below.


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