Large Temple in the hills of Chiang Mai. This temple was built in 1383 during the Lanna Thai period. According to the legend, the temple site was selected by an elephant sent to roam the mountainside, where upon reaching a suitable spot, it trumpeted, circled three times, knelt down and promptly died, which was interpreted as a sign indicating an auspicious site. You can find a statue of the white elephant at the entrance. The temple is situated at a high level in the mountains. If you're lucky there is a good view over Chiang Mai. It has a large gilded chedi, a lot (really a lot) Buddha-statues, and several temple buildings.
The temple is visited by a lot of touring car-busses and by a lot of disrespectful people touching everything or busy taking there 'selfies' on forbidden places. The temples in the centre of Chiang Mai have a more serene atmosphere.
You can climb the Naga-lined stairs, of 200-plus steep steps, or take the cable car for 20 THB.
The temple is situated up the mountains of Chiang Mai. It is a 30 minute-drive from there. Tour operators ask 1900 THB p.p. for a return, but we had the public, red taxi for 800 THB for the day.
In the area around the temple, you'll find a marketplace with local handicraft, clothing and food.
You can combine the trip with a hike or picnic at the Mon Tha Tarn waterfall, which direction you'll find on the road to or from the temple.