This is the classic pilgrims’ trail from the foot of Doi Suthep to Wat Suthep. We will meet for an 8.15 am start at the western end of the Suthep Road where there is plenty of parking space. The initial phase to Wat Phalad is easy hiking but thereafter it gets a little more steep so a reasonable level of personal fitness is required. There is also a faster paced hike on the same day.

We will walk past the rear entrance to the zoo to the beginning of the Pilgrims’ Trail proper. The first phase takes us to Wat Phalad where we will make a short stop to admire the temple and the view over Chiang Mai before embarking on the steeper pathway up to the road.

After crossing the road, we will begin the final climb up to Wat Suthep itself where those who are so inclined can stop for a cool drink or something more substantial at the food stalls. The hiking time will be approximately 2 hours.

There will then be a choice of visiting the Wat, walking back down the trail or taking a songtao back down to the arboretum. Please be aware that if you have left your mode of transport at the starting point, you will then need to get back to the Suthep Road.


Bring around 1.5-2 liters of water or more and snacks. Good footwear etc. hat, mozzie repellant, sunblock and rain gear. If by chance it is raining, about to rain or has been raining heavily overnight, the hike will be cancelled.

Meeting Point

The western end of the Suthep Road, in the shadow of the mountain. There is ample parking space on the right as you approach the end of the road.

  • Head straight out from the eastern side of the moat 3.5 km towards Doi Suthep on Suthep Road.
  • Go right out to the end of the road past what is widely referred to as the ‘back’ entrance to Chiang Mai University.
  • We will be at the end of Suthep Road where there is a turning to the right to go behind the Uni. If you start following the road on steeply up the hill you have gone too far!

See the maps below (click to enlarge them). The red cross hairs marks the spot where we will meet.

Suthep Rd meeting place - detailed map

Suthep Rd meeting place - detailed map

Suthep Rd meeting place - location from the moat

Suthep Rd meeting place - location from the moat

Meeting Time

8.00 for an 8.15 am start


Please make your own arrangements.

Drink / Food

Bring enough water and food for a breakfast break in the middle of the hike.
For those who wish to have lunch in the vicinity of Wat Suthep, there is a wide choice of food available in the local restaurants and food stalls.