Wat Suan Dok Chiang Mai is a beautiful Buddhist temple known for its large number of white chedis as well as its giant golden monument which towers over all the others. The temple grounds also features a detailed hall where you can view the monks praying in front of a golden Buddha.
How to get to Wat Suan Dok Chiang Mai
To get to Chiang Mai, we used 12Go to book an overnight train from Bangkok. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Thailand and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Wat Suan Dok is located just outside of the city centre on the west side. We drove from the city centre on our motorbikes which took us roughly 10 minutes. You can rent motorbikes for around 200 baht per day.
Where to stay
The best area for tourists to stay in Chiang Mai is in or around the Old City. Within the Old City you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants, hostels and hotels. We decided to stay closer to the river which gave us access to the Night Bazaar which had delicious food and cheap market stalls. Ratana Hotel is a nice mid range option located close to the night bazaar and even has its own pool. If you’re looking for a bit of luxury within the Old City, you can check out Chala Number6 which is a very popular 5 star traditional Thai hotel.
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Wat Suan Dok Chiang Mai Opening hours
The temple is open from 5am – 10pm.
Wat Suan Dok Chiang Mai Entrance fee
It wont cost you anything to view the white outdoor chedis or the giant golden monument. However, it will cost you 20 Baht to enter the hall where you will find the golden Buddha and monks praying. There are also plenty of donation boxes that go towards the maintenance of the temple.
What to expect
Wat Suan Dok Chiang Mai is one of the more beautiful and eye catching temples located close to the city centre. As soon as you approach the carpark, you’ll discover the large golden chedi and the incredible maze of smaller white ones. It’s certainly a very unique temple with its many different features. The outer complex and courtyard is also quite large. You’ll be able to spend a while admiring the beauty of the temple.
When walking around you’ll also notice a hall which features a large golden Buddha. This giant hall is decorated from floor to ceiling in red details and large pillars. If you visit at the right time, you’ll notice many monks praying in front of the large golden Buddha. We visited Wat Suan Dok at 4:30pm and there was hardly anyone around. This temple should be fairly quiet for most of the day. You won’t have any issues taking photos or having some peace and quiet.
If you’re planning a trip to Chiang Mai then definitely head to Wat Suan Dok for an awesome temple experience. For the most famous and popular temple in Chiang Mai, be sure to also check out Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.