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Chiang Mai is located West of Chiang Rai.

Here you will find the highest mountains of Thailand.

doi suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai province.

The temple is also called Doi Suthep, however this is the name of the 1676 m heigh mountain on which it is built.

wat phra that doi suthep

close up centre courtyard doi suthep

Doi Suthep belongs to the row of highest mountains of Thailand. The highest mountain is Doi Inthanon with 2565 m. In fact all these mountains are foothills of the Himalaya.

The Doi Suthep temple is regarded sacred by many Thai.

From the Doi Suthep temple you have a nice overview of the city Chiang Mai and it is very popular amongst tourists. 

mountain people

When you are in Chiang Mai you can pay a visit to the mountain people. The "karen" are well known due to the fact that their women wear copper rings round their neck.

With each added rings, the social status of the woman increases. Researchers have discovered that the adding of rings don't stretch the neck vertebra but rather pushes the shoulders downwards.

"karen" woman