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Wat Pha Lat, Chiang Mai

#10 of 68 in Historic Sites in Chiang Mai
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Wat Pha Lat, which means “Monastery at the Sloping Rock”, was originally used as a resting place for people walking up to worship at Doi Suthep. But once the road was built in 1935, making Doi Suthep much more accessible, Wat Pha Lat in turn became a monks’ residence.

The temple complex is incredibly peaceful, beautifully blended in the nature and barely anyone else goes there.

The temple is located on the side of a mountain and borders a large waterfall. Structural elements of the temple are scattered among the trees of the mountainside as small Buddha shrines and images of various mythological creatures.
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  • We reach this wat after visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and is about 7 km from it. It is hidden within the forest, off the road leading up to Wat Doi Suthep. Our Taxi driver informed us, the tale...  more »
  • One of my most favourite temples in Ching Mai. It may not be the most beautifully decorated temple but the sense of peace, tranquility and n that one get when visiting this temple is worth every...  more »
  • Excellent trail in the forest leading up to the temple. It took us about 30 minutes at a reasonable pace. The trail is well traced, there is no chance to get lost. We read that it was best to wake up very early to avoid the heat. We did it midday and we were fine. Being in the forest, you avoid the sun anyway.
  • Pretty steep climb so be in proper attire. Other reviews seem to say paths are indicated by plenty of yellow robes/cloth but only saw a few. Having gps to keep track of direction just in case is recommended. Climbed in December where the air is cold and the sun wasn’t too bad as the trail is shaded most of the parts. Good hike but not for people who don’t like hiking.

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