Wat Phra That Doi Sethup is a well known temple situated on Doi Suthep on the mountainous road from Chiang Mai to Doi Inthanon. Unfortunately this lovely Theravada wat has been spoiled by excessive tourism. It is frequently referred to as Wat Doi Suthep but Doi Suthep is simply the mountain that it is constructed on. To avoid confusion it is probably best to refer to it as Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as most Thai and tourists would understand
The Wachirathan Waterfall is one of the three main waterfalls in the Doi Inthanon National Park. It is a multi-level fall with a total drop of around 80 metres. It is reached via a narrow and steep road off the northern side of the highway at roughly the 21 KM mark on highway 1009. Although the falls are flowing all year, the biggest quantity of water will be flowing during the wet season from May to November.
Thepanom Hot Springs is not far from Mae Chem. It is a remote place and not easy to get to. If you draw a line on the map, it seems only about 85 kilometers from Chiang Mai, but we actually drove there from Chiang Mai up and down Doi Inthanon. If you love narrow winding mountain roads with breathtaking views then maybe the drive is for you and you may want to extend it even further and do
Ob Luang National Park in in Northern Thailand approximately 105 kilometers south west from the heart of Chiang Mai. The National Park covers a total area of 553 square kilometers heavily forested and steep granite hills It adjoins the much higher mountains of Doi Inthanon. The elevation ranges from 200 meters to 1,656 meters along the Mae Jaem River to the northeast. During the rainy season, the rapids crashing on the boulders are very impressive
Naphamethanidon & Naphapholphumisiri are two Chedi constructed by the Thai Royal Air Force to commemorate the 60th birthdays of the King and Queen. Naphamethanidon was built for King in 1989 and Naphapholphumisiri was built for the Queen in 1992. The three words Chedi, Stupa and Pagoda appear to be almost interchangeable, so you may hear them referred to as Pagodas or Stupas. Searching Wiki and on line dictionaries did not shed much light on the subject. One
This article discusses the Phetchabun City Pillar Shrine which contains the pillar from the ancient city of Si Thep. There is another City Pillar Shrine located in Lom Sak Phetchabun which has its own blog article. Si Thep is sometimes spelled Srithep but for this article we will use the more common spelling. Every province in Thailand has its’ own city pillar shrine so what makes this one special? It contains the pillar from the ancient city of
The City Pillar Shrine at Lom Sak Phetchabun was built in 1944 by the then Prime Minister of Thailand, Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram. His intention was to move the capital to Phetchabun. Though this plan failed to get approval by the parliament, the idea of erecting a City Pillar Shrine caught on, and in the following years several provincial towns built new shrines. In 1992, the Ministry of Interior ordered that every province should have such a shrine. Source Wikipedia When
Yesterday I visited the Thao Suranari monument. It was not a planned visit. I was visiting a small temple in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) in Isan, when some of the group expressed a desire to visit a monument close by. I had done no research so was totally unprepared and knew nothing of what we were about to see. It is a relatively small monument for Thailand (when compared to the “Big Buddhas”) but of great significance to the local
When you visit places like the Erawan Museum in Bangkok, you may start looking at different cultures and religions. If you do, it will soon becomes evident that there has been some blending, borrowing or sharing of Gods and the stories of their deeds (good and bad). Buddhist and Hindu stories are of particular note, as are the Bible and the Koran.
The Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya also known as Prasat Sut Ja-Tum is an amazing wooden structure which is located by the ocean in the northern area of Pattaya. The building has been under construction now for more than 20 years, and it will probably be another 20 years before it is totally complete. Just a pedantic note here. Many people refer to this structure as “A wooden temple” or “The wooden temple in Pattaya”. Even Wikipedia incorrectly refers to it as a