Thailand Travelogue: Traditional Temple Worship in Chiang Mai at Wat Pah Dara Pirom and Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Earlier this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to come visit the country and create our first ever Asian guide for GayCities. The phenomenal travel connoisseur Carlos Melia took me, YouTuber Davey Wavey and colleagues from Pink Triangle Press, Passport magazine and dot429 around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle region showing us the shiniest gems Thailand has to offer. The following travelogue retraces highlights from my sixth day there.
Wat Pah Dara Pirom
On our first full day in Chiang Mai, we woke up early to visit one of the city’s many temples (or “wat”), Pah Dara Pirom. It is at this luscious temple where many local monks get their schooling.
Shortly upon arrival we were welcomed by our very own monk guide who took us all throughout the sacred grounds.
This was one of my favorite shrines in Thailand. The vibrantly colored murals, the way the ceiling intercepts, the pristine white of those pillars, it was truly spectacular.
One of Buddha’s teeth is encased in that ornate structure.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
This temple was named after the mountain it lies on top of, Doi Suthep. There is a tram that goes right to the top, but we chose to climb the 309 stairs. The extortion of physical labor is often seen by many Buddhists as a sign of devotion.
The prize for reaching the top? A troupe of dancing children.