Doi Suthep and Phuping Palace
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Highlights / General details Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: Locals would say, You haven’t really gone to Chiang Mai unless youve been to Wat Phratat Doi Suthep. Truly, the place is the most important and famous Chiang Mai landmark. Built in 1383, this mountaintop temple has a chedi (pagoda) that houses holy Buddha relics. The gold-plated chedi lies in the middle of a square marble-tiled courtyard. The four corners of the chedi are adorned with parasols which represent royal regalia. The temples courtyard is lined by a cloister, which contains images and murals depicting Buddha’s life. There are also two viharns situated in the middle of the east and west sides of the cloister. This temple is 15 kilometers from town and is 3,520 feet above sea level. It is the perfect place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. The temple can be reached via a steep Naga staircase comprised of 290 steps or railcars. The temple is open daily from 6:00am-7:00pm. Phu Phing Palace (Royal Winter Palace): The palace is located further up the mountain and approximately 6 kilometers from Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The royal winter palace was built in 1962. Its landscaped gardens are decorated with plenty of colorful, exotic flowers. It is open every day from 8:30am-4:30pm except when the Royal family is in residence which is usually from mid-December to early February. Inclusion Roundtrip transfer with air condition minivan; Local Licensed Guide English Speaking; Local Insurance; Fee Entrance. Exclusion Personal expenses; Gratuities. Hours of operation Available daily at 8:30am and 1:30pm. Duration Approximately 3.5 hours. Policies Requires minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Guest must call to reconfirm tour within 48 hours. Cancellation: 7 days prior 30% penalty, 4 days prior 100% penalty. No show always 100% penalty. Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**
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