Doi Suthep Monk Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Doi Suthep Monk Trail is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ban Choeng Doi, Chiang Mai, Thailand that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
6.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
600 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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walking
9 days ago

Pretty good trail. Not long, but a significant change of elevation. So be prepared for that. Bring water as it gets HOT along the way. Follow the orange trail markers. The first Wat at the top was quite tranquil.

hiking
1 month ago

The full length hike is an absolute waste of time and effort.
After the first quarter of the trip up, you will be met with a nice temple on the edge of a stream with monks selling water and coffee. Again, beyond this point is a waste of time. It remains extremely steep and you eventually hit a roadway with red taxis asking you if you want a ride to the top/bottom. Once you cross the roadway it’s another steep incline hike.
There are no views along the way.
Also, when you finally reach the top of the 4 mile hike, you will be met with a landfill. A giant garbage heap will greet you warmly with broken bottles in the dirt, couches, building materials, and a disgusting smell. What’s more is that there is also a gift shop market at the top, where everyone is selling the same funny looking shirt and “try for experience” fried bugs.

I cannot believe that this trail has 20 reviews of all 5 stars.

Remember, after you reach the temple, don’t kill yourself trying to climb further. It is a waste of time.

hiking
2 months ago

amazing trail with in the jungle. not so difficult. stopping at Way Palat is deftnetly a must. the second half of the trail is steep so have your knees prepared.

hiking
4 months ago

We started from the top with our 2 kids. When starting from the top the trailhead is impossible to find due to the changes in the temple grounds, it is better to start from the road intersection before the temple. It is challenging for kids so make sure they are seasoned trekkers before doing this trail. We also did geocaching on the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Temples and little waterfalls on the way. Viewpoint on the top.

5 months ago

Great trail; slippery and challenging in a few areas!
Love it!!!

8 months ago

We walked up one way and got a tuk tuk down as it's very steep, muddy and slippery during wet season. A great almost free activity :)

9 months ago

Rather beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great hike up from the Chiang Mai Zoo. We took a red truck from the old city down Suthep Rd. It cost us 40 Baht (1 USD) for the two of us. We stopped at Wat Pha Lat. We enjoyed it very much. It's very calm. The rest of the hike up to Doi Suthep is very straight forward. We saw a bunch of monkeys in the trees. We were chased by someones dogs. It was a bit scary. The temple is beautiful. A lot of tourists but worth the hike.

hiking
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

If you ever have a chance to go to Chiang Mai Thailand, do yourself a favor by trying this fun hike to a beautiful temple at the top.

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