A Trip to a Favorite Temple: Wat Pa Laad

IMG_0583There’s a famous temple on a hilltop here in Chiang Mai called Doi Suthep. It’s where all the tourists go, climbing innumberable steps to the summit to look down on the city below, bypassing peddlers and tourist traps, scammers, and stray dogs all along the way. It’s a temple, and about as commercial as it gets.


What most people don’t know is that just a few kilometers below Doi Suthep is another temple: Wat Palad. It’s as serene and tranquil as you’d expect of a serious meditation retreat.


You can hike up to it, and encounter the beautiful waterfall at the summit, or you can drive straight to it (as we like to do because we are lazy).


Almost no one but monks is ever there, so you’re free to traipse over the ancient grounds and explore the hidden treasures without anyone accosting you and asking for money.

A well for drawing water

A well for drawing water


Cy traipsing after his grand aunt, Yai Nee

Cy traipsing after his grand aunt, Yai Nee

It’s worth a visit if you’re ever in the area!

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9 thoughts on “A Trip to a Favorite Temple: Wat Pa Laad

  1. I think peddlers outside the temple grounds are okay, but it's such a turn-off to be hounded by them when you're inside and want to take in the peaceful tranquility of the place.

  2. Isn't it always a thrill to find the non touristy spots? I would love to come across this hidden in the jungle temple!
    Wren x

  3. Thank you for telling us this! I would love to visit Thailand once again soon and I'm always looking for less touristic spots!

  4. Beautiful place and wonderful photo tour!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol