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Chiang Mai Temples: Wat Phrathat Doi Kham

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Looking for another beautiful temple to enjoy while in Chiang Mai? Wat Phrathat Doi Kham will give you beautiful views of Chiang Mai including the airport and surrounding valley. While here you can also pay a 10 baht donation or whatever you feel to obtain some incense sticks. With these sticks you can pray to the Buddha for a better job or fortunes. The Thais and other Buddhist people love to come here to do this. You will definitely feel like a local if you try it out!

Views around Wat Phrathat Doi Kham & Dress Code

Similar to other temples around Thailand, here you will see statues of the Buddha as well as prophets and followers. Doi Kham also has a pretty big laying down Buddha on the outside porch. Like most if not all of the other temples around Thailand make sure to dress respectively. This means that women can’t wear short shorts or other revealing clothes. As a common rule of thumb just wear pants and a regular shirt whenever you have a temple day planned.

Paying Homages & Asking For Good Fortune

The photo below shows something that I thought was very interesting. The people are praying for good fortune including for finding a job, higher wages and good health. What you do is pay a small donation to the temple and they give you some incense sticks. You then light these sticks with a candle that are easy to spot as they are everywhere around this part of the temple. You then kneel on the floor and ask for what you desire.

Don’t forget though! If you do end up getting what you asked for, you must return! That is why we can see so many white wreaths/beads laid out. Those are from all the people returning after receiving their good fortunes. Unfortunately for me, if my wishes do come true I may have to fly thousands of miles back to Thailand to pay my thanks. I guess its a great excuse though to return to Thailand!

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Where is Wat Phrathat Doi Kham?

The Temple is located in the southwestern part of Chiang Mai. You can rent a motorcycle to get there or look for a songthaew that might take you. My favorite place to rent motorcycles in Chiang Mai was from this place: Zippy Motorbikes. You can also take a songthaew(red taxi truck). This blog will tell you all about using songthaew’s in Chiang Mai: How to use a songthaew. Another option is to use grab transport, which is similar to lyft and uber and I used it in Chiang Mai a few times.

Final Thoughts

All in all I enjoyed this temple and seeing the paying of homages and respects with incense and wreaths was very interesting. The temple at Doi Suthep is overall more beautiful, but this one is a bit more interesting in my mind. This is again because of that ritual of homages/respects. I think it’s something worth seeing and partaking in even if you want to feel like a local and maybe get some good fortune for yourself. Just don’t forget that you have to return! Every Thai told me this.

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