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Doi Saket

Doi Saket is a district in Chiang Mai; located in the eastern side of the province. Much of the land is used for farming, with a sprinkling of picturesque rice terraces, valleys, and orchards as well.

Getting here is an easy 30-minute drive from the Chiang Mai Old City – ideal for a quick getaway.

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Because most of the locals here are employed in farming and agriculture, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of large produce markets that offer a wide variety of the freshest fruits and vegetables this side of Thailand. If you’ll be staying in Chiang Mai for a few more days, it’s worth scooping up great bargains when you shop for produce here. Herbs, spices, and various condiments and seasonings that are typically used in Thai cooking can also be found.

The village proper is also very charming and scenic and filled with modern murals – especially in the majestic Wat Doi Saket temple. The temple is worth checking out; aside from murals, it also features beautiful statues. The most prominent feature is the giant golden Buddha in a seated position, which can be seen from the road as you approach the temple. It has a long history and was built in 1112. Legends say that Buddha came to Doi Saket for a short visit, and he was approached by a Naka who asked him if he was willing to offer his hair for worship purposes. After Buddha disappeared, a temple was erected where he is said to have been seen.

A talented Thai artist by the name of Khun Chaiwat Wannanon is responsible for covering the walls with jaw-dropping spiritual murals in the ’90s, which took around four years to complete. These paintings are what makes this temple stand out.

If you are an experienced motorbike driver, you can easily get here from Chiang Mai; otherwise, you can also hire a car or a driver.

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