Wat Doi Kham


My mum’s in town, so we’ve been doing all the touristy things that I did many moons ago and groan whenever I have to do them again. Fortunately for me we came across a place that I hadn’t been to yet. More specifically, Wat Doi Kham, literally translated as The Golden Mountain Temple.


The temple is at the top of a hill, so naturally the entrance is at the bottom of the hill wishing you good luck. There are two ways to the top; you can walk up there like a champion or you can take a windy road and drive up to the top if you are the kind of person who buys their way to success…

We had a taxi, so we drove up. Half way there I could already smell the jasmine in the air. …Actually, I was told by people that I would be able to, only I didn’t know what jasmine smelt like (I’ve never had a girlfriend called Jasmine, nor am I the kind of guy who likes to sniff people on a night out, so how would I know?) Anyway, I smelled something that smelled nice and deduced that was in fact jasmine going up my nose. Dirty bitch…


Anyway, we got to the top and was immediately greeted by a 17 metre high Buddha statue. I took pictures of it and pretended I wasn’t intimidated by its sheer size before shuffling over to the elephant statues. Then I wandered around until I got to the viewpoint by the temple, which overlooked the whole of Chiang Mai.



By the viewpoint was an array of steps to the bottom, which using my superhuman ability to think outside the box I figured out was the final part of the walking entrance. I walked to the bottom counting the steps because that’s what cool kids do. I kept my concentration doing the difficult task of counting one number at a time and was pretty chuffed with myself when I got to the bottom. “One hundred and eighty two…” I said to myself in a satisfied manner. Then I looked down to see “182 steps” engraved into the concrete right by the start of the steps. Brilliant…


As you can see by the pictures there are two Naga serpents on either side of the steps to the top. These are commonly mistaken for dragons, simply because you think of Asian culture, you think of the beautiful dragon statues that are scattered around Asia.


We stayed for about half an hour overall. It’s not a well known temple by any means, but still well worth a visit. There are ample things to do here and you can grab some food or buy souvenirs from the local stalls. If you get a chance to visit, enjoy yourselves. You won’t regret it. Unless you hate the smell of Jasmine, then you probably will regret it…


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