300 Steps to Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is a Wat (temple) based far up into the mountain of Chiang Mai, on the dge of the national park. As you may have guessed, there are 300 steps to climb to et up there.

We were really looking forward to going here, not just to see the temple, but for the scenary as well. The only transport which can take you there are the red songthaew. Tuk tuks are not allowed by law to go up that far. If you have your own transport, thats fine too.

We began our ascent…slowly at first, but then we saw older people and OAP’s making their way up, and it made us think, “if they can do it, I can do it faster” so we picked up the pace. I am glad we did it early in the morning as it wasn’t hard, but the heat would have made it that way. Once inside the temple, it was all breathtakingly beautiful; the view over the city and the lush greenery surrounding it to the pagoda and layout of the temple.

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We spent a long time just watching others, to try and learn more about what they do. We were able to also take part in some rituals as there were translations. We could do the blessing of the pagoda by walking round it 3 times, clockwise reading the chant. Adam even managed to do the ‘shakey stick thing’ (technical term, I know) A kind man showed him how; you shake a pot of numbered sticks until one falls to the floor. You then go and get that blessing/prayer/fortune from the wall. If you like it, you keep it, if you don’t like it, you can put it in the box to throw away, and shake again. (Make your own fortune…?) Adam liked his and kept it. If it ever comes true, you can go back and stick it on the wall. We’ll just have to wait and see if it does or not!

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