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Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today, site of a Buddhist university and a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple's chedis (spires) contain ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family...more
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On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 278 304
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an absolute beauty. I recommend this to be on the top of anyone's list of temples (wats) to visit in Chiang Mai!

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 6 days ago

Small temple but beautiful in its own right, there is also a bunch of tombstones of the royal family outside which was also cool.

Thank ginaa55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Today, I went to Wat Suan Dok specifically for Monk Chat ,because I want to know the daily life of the monks and their thoughts, even though my English is not very good. Today’s experience makes me angry and sad.Not because of the temple, nor because...More

Thank lovelyship
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The architecture is stunning. With several different buildings there is plenty to see. The small stalls selling souvenirs and clothes offer plenty to buy

Thank Sian P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quiet place in the heart of Chiang Mai. I recommend to visit the temple with beautiful architecture and the tomb of the Royal family.

Thank Tatiana_Bobyleva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went almost by force from the taxi driver, But we like it its diferent compared to the wat in Bangkok, great place to go,

Thank richard m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quite sobering in a way, thinking of the burials and the ornate tombs, a large centre for education too . A reflectful place.

Thank pan40
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This rarely visited by tourists temple is among the largest in Chiang Mai with a large number of monks living on site. The cemetary next to the temple is fascinating. How humans deal with their dead is a good way to start understanding the culture.

Thank RomeAddict
Reviewed 8 September 2018

Utterly gorgeous and impressive in its scale, design. A fabulous sleeping Buddha lies waiting hidden. The hundreds of bells ringing in the wind is beautiful. Peaceful and cleansing.

Thank SubhasisB
Reviewed 10 August 2018

A number of the temples host 'Monk Chat' where Buddhist monks wanting to practice their English will wait at a table for anyone who visits them. We went to Monk Chat at Wat Suan Dok and met five young monks from Thailand, Laos and Myanmar....More

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3 October 2018|
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Response from Robert R | Reviewed this property |
The phone at Wat Suan Dok is 66 53278304. The activity most often experienced by tourists is called MONK CHAT, I still am unsure about day retreats. Wat Umong and Wat Pha Lat are meditation temples in quieter... More
Jaime V
6 September 2017|
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Response from Tib18 | Reviewed this property |
Hello there. Wat Suan Dok has a Monk Chat Monday - Friday, 5-7p.m. It's free, but do put something in the donation box facing the entrance, or offer an envelope. It's a great experience to learn a little about Buddhism, and... More
21 February 2017|
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Response from Liam D | Reviewed this property |
Yes ..easy peasy