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Wat Pha Lat, Chiang Mai

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#9 of 75 in Historic Sites in Chiang Mai
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
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Wat Pha Lat, which means “Monastery at the Sloping Rock”, was originally used as a resting place for people walking up to worship at Doi Suthep. But once the road was built in 1935, making Doi Suthep much more accessible, Wat Pha Lat in turn became a monks’ residence.

The temple complex is incredibly peaceful, beautifully blended in the nature and barely anyone else goes there.

The temple is located on the side of a mountain and borders a large waterfall. Structural elements of the temple are scattered among the trees of the mountainside as small Buddha shrines and images of various mythological creatures.
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  • Very cool temple complex on Doi Suthep - a little less crowded and commercial than Wat Suthep at the top of the mountain. Beatiful forested grounds and water falls. Very serene. 
    Very cool temple complex on Doi Suthep - a little less crowded and commercial than Wat Suthep at the top of the mountain. Beatiful forested grounds and water falls. Very serene.  more »
  • The journey from chiang mai to this temple it takes about 40 minutes from city.the tuktuk or whatever u call charge about 500 baht for taking you and bringing back.he will wait for you for whatever... 
    The journey from chiang mai to this temple it takes about 40 minutes from city.the tuktuk or whatever u call charge about 500 baht for taking you and bringing back.he will wait for you for whatever...  more »
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  • Really nice hike up to the temple - would recommend bringing bug spray and a waterproof jacket, particularly if visiting in the rainy season as we did! The hike is fairly uneven underfoot but relatively easy and not very long. Temple at the top is definitely worth it - really impressive views and the temple itself is amazing. Stayed here for ages, really nice place to sit and relax after the hike, and very peaceful.
  • This is a nice place to hike. It's a quick hike not that steep but several places with uneven terrain. Can get slippery from dew so be careful. Along the trail there are a few small waterfalls. The sign says a bird watching trail but we couldn't find it. You really get a feel of being in the jungle on this trail. At the top you have nice views of the city, waterfalls and lots of Nature areas to explore. The temple looks very old and Indiana Jones vibe. Tip: you can park your car or motorbike at the trail head but space is limited. During high traffic times you can park by the Basecamp Coffee House and hike from there. You should be able to get up & out in 1.5hrs. If you have not been you here you should try it. Enjoy!

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