Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: TEMPLE IN THE CLOUDS, WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, FAIRYTALE CAFE, GOING TO HANOI
This is day 7 of 20 days in Southeast Asia. We wake up at sunrise to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a beautiful temple on the top of a mountain. We have lunch at a fairytale themed cafe before catching a flight to Hanoi to continue our trip.

Enjoy!

The rest of the trip:
Start here if you haven’t read:
Day 1: Golden Buddha, Yaowarat, Banglamphu (Bangkok, Thailand)
Day 2: Wat Pho, Bangkok National Museum, Wat Arun (Bangkok, Thailand)
Day 3 & 4: Jim Thompson House, Snake Farm, overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, plus a Thai cooking class  (Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Day 5: Elephant Nature Park, Saturday Night Market, Nimmanhaemin Road (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Day 6: Thai Massage, Wat Phan Tao, Warowot Market (Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Woke up with the sunrise on our last day in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
So beautiful! I’ll miss this room and this city.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
We packed up our things and tidied up the room before heading out to catch a songthaew.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Prepare yourself for a lot of photos from the songthaew as we drove through the city as the city woke up…

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
I read online in advance that a good way to get there was to ask the songthaew driver to drop you at the zoo entrance. From there a queue of songthaews wait to take tourists up to the top to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The drive took about 40 minutes.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The last bit is up Doi Suthep mountain. At the top of the mountain is a national park, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, a revered temple that has been used since the 13th century, and a Hmong village.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Our initial plan was to wait for a second songthaew from the zoo, but there weren’t any. We paid 500 Thai baht for the drive up and back, and for the driver to wait for us while we explored the temple.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
I can imagine the stairs up to the temple getting really crowded, especially when the shops open. We were there early enough that nothing was really open, it was a lovely, quiet experience. Also…loving my shirt I got at the Night Market the evening before.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
306 steps up to make it to the temple.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The stairs had big scaled serpent bannisters that lead all the way to the top.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Paid our 30 baht to enter and starting wandering around.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The early morning light really made the golden details glow.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
It was surreal to be one of a few people walking the grounds.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Then we approached the view. I gasped! While not the sunrise we were hoping to see (oops, we took too long), the entire skyline was blanketed with fluffy white clouds. It was like we were in a dream.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Didn’t quite rub in my sunscreen

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Magic!

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
We attempted to walk away from the view…

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
But how could you leave this!

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
But there was more to see!

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Approaching the doggo in the sun

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
A few more steps lead up into the inner terrace, with the towering golden chedi with a relic of the Buddha. It is believed to be a bone from the shoulder of the Buddha. The relic split in half, one fragment is at Wat Suan Dok and the other was mounted onto a sacred white elephant that wandered through the jungles until it did. The place where it died? Here, where the monastery was founded.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
I appreciate the very specific donation boxes.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Matching with the golden chedi

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Tiny sculpture at the foot of a Buddha

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Soaking in the last views of the inner courtyard.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Colorful currency

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The snack stand opened so we bought little coffees.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Took our coffees with us to see the view again.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
It was time to head back down the mountain.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Views back into town from the back of the red truck

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
The old city walls came back into view. We asked to be dropped off at the North Gate so we could wander back through the city in our last few hours.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
We were pretty hungry at this point and noticed this cafe called Into the WoodsInto the Woods. It was a storybook and fairytales theme.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
We got cookies with our coffees, including this incredible witch finger.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Hey, you!

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Passionfruit and mango smoothie, and breakfast specials. I had the spicy basil pork sandwich and Zach got an egg and bacon breakfast.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Last views of the old city. We walked back to our accommodations, got our bags, and picked up a ride to the airport.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
At the airport we noticed a Dairy Queen with a durian blizzard. We had to try! Zach is a new durian fan. We got the one mixed with oreo.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
It was delicious. We spent our last Thai Baht on the blizzard expecting to find some food in the rest of the airport that we could pay with credit card. Unfortunately, everything was cash only and we didn’t want to withdraw more baht, so we really savored our durian blizzard.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
We were hungry and everybody in the airport was eating delicious looking ramen cups. I love that. In the States, you’d see fast food like burgers or something from Starbucks, but a lot of folks around us were eating hot noodles. Wish we saved enough cash to join them!

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Awaiting our flight. The flight actually went back to Bangkok for a layover before flying to Hanoi.

Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
Chiang Mai to Hanoi
A few hours later we landed in Hanoi. It was raining pretty hard. We went straight to our Airbnb and went to bed. We have a big day tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed! The next part will be exploring Hanoi.

Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

7 replies on “CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: TEMPLE IN THE CLOUDS AKA WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP

  1. That cafe looks super cute! I have to say a durian slushy is a little easier to take than straight up durian, although I’m sure there’s something durian could be paired with to taste… better. haha. The clouds and views are beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Chiang Mai will always always be beautiful 😀
    I love your outfit, the color palette reminds me of Snow White 😀
    That view is so nice 🙂
    That witch finger is quite 😮 😮 😮

    Your southeast asia is making me so happy, looking forward to future posts!
    Also, I know I’ve asked this before, but what lenses do you use?
    My travel photos arent that great and I’m wishing to buy a new lens 😦

    Like

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