Doi Suthep Temple, Hmong or Meo Hilltribe, the Bhubing Palace the Palaces of the King  
     
  Code: JN-001  
  Duration: 08.30 am. – 12.00 pm., 13.30 pm. – 17.30 pm.  
Special offer:  Free half day Handicraft Tour at Sankampaeng 
 
 
       
  Doi Suthep:” DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE High in the hills above Chiang Mai is “Wat PhraThat Doi Suthep”, a spectacular shrine commissioned by King Kuena, ruler of Chiang Mai from 1367-88. According to an old legend, the king was persuaded to build the temple when the monk Sumana presented him with a bone relic of the historical Buddha. The king searched far and wide for a suitable spot to build the temple, but none could be found. Finally, he resolved to let fate decide its location, and he tied the relic to the back of an elephant and set it loose. For days the elephant stomped through the jungle, shadowed by the king’s men, until it reached the mountaintop of Doi Suthep. The elephant made a good choice because the king readily agreed to the spot. Construction began 1386 and was completed within a few years.  
  Hmong or Meo Hilltribe:  They are the closest group to Chiang Mai, with villages in the Doi Suthep – Doi Pui Nati onal Park area. Hmong houses are built on the ground in clusters, with several clusters forming a village. The oldest male controls the extended family household that will include married sons and their families. The Hmong are divided into clans, which play an important part in rituals and relationships.The Hmong believe in a number of household spirits as well as souls. Rituals are performed by household heads, but each village will also have a shaman to exorcise evil spirits and restore health to the sick.The pleated skirts made of hemp died with blue and white batik patterns make the Blue Hmong women clearly identifiable. The women’s jackets are made of black cloth decorated with elaborate embroidery for which the Hmong women are renowned. Men’s clothes are also made of loose-fitting black material, with embroidery on the jackets. The Hmong use silver both for adornment and as a show of wealth.  
     
   
     
  (Tour option:) The Phu Ping Palace is located on Doi Buak Ha, Muang District, Chiang Mai Province. It is the royal winter residence in Chiang Mai where the Royal family stays during seasonal visits to the people in the northern part of Thailand.  The palace is also the royal guesthouse for prominent state visitors from abroad. In the past Their Majesties welcomed or granted royal audience to State visitors only in the capital of Bangkok. Phu Ping Palace was built in 1961. The construction started initially with only the royal resident building and the guesthouse. The other buildings were additionally built on later dates.  A visit to Phu Ping Palace(Open on Fri,Sat and Sun only).  Extra ticket at 50 baht per person.You will see the Thais beautiful decorated style and visit the King’s garden fulled of various kinds of flowers from both His Royal project and from other countries.  
     
   Tour Rate:  
 
Group Tour
Price/person:  THB 500
Included:
  • All admission fees
  • Transportation
  • The handicraft tour is free admission
Exclude:
  • Lunch
  • Extra ticket at Phu Ping Palace THB 50/ person and golf cart service THB 300/ 3 persons
Private Tour
Price/ group: THB 2000 (Max. 9 pax)
Included:
  • Transportation
  • The handicraft tour is free admission
Exclude:
  • Lunch
  • Admission fees 
  1. Doi Suthep for entrance THB 30 and elevator THB 20
  2. Doi Pui Museum THB 10
  3. Phu Ping Palace THB 50 and golf cart service THB 300/ 3 persons
   

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