The name Wat Phra That Doi Kham literally means temple of the golden mountain. The temple was built in the 7th century and is located in the hills of Chiang Mai. A visit to this temple can easily be combined with a visit to Doi Suthep.

Temple complex Chiang Mai

The temple is famous for its 17 meter high Buddha.


This temple is less known to tourists, but it is very busy because the Thai people go here. Lots of prayers and sacrifices.

Offerings at Wat Phra That Doi Kham

It is a very interesting and fascinating temple. There are several legends why the temple was built on this place.

We couldn’t find any signs in English and enjoyed the rituals of the temple. For example, a lot of flowers are offered, gold pieces are stuck on large round balls, it seems that you have to cover every ball with gold and there are people who walk around the temple with flowers. Very interesting to see.

Reclining Buddha at Wat Phra That Doi Kham

Take a taxi or rent a scooter if you do not arrange transport through the hotel. We had a driver from Anantara Chiang Mai who took us to Doi Suthep, a waterfall and this temple. It is about 15 kilometers from the center of Chiang Mai.

Temple Chiang Mai

From the complex there is a nice view towards the city. Highly recommended if you want to see less tourists and want to get a taste of the Thai religious life. We thoroughly enjoyed being here.

Statue in temple
Statue in temple