Doi Suthep is a mountain (“doi”) west of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is 1,676 metres (5,499 ft) in elevation and is one of the twin peaks of a granite mountain. The other peak is known as Doi Pui and is slightly higher (1,685 metres (5,528 ft)). Doi Suthep is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Chiang Mai city centre. The vegetation below 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) is mostly deciduous forest, with evergreen forest above this elevation.
The Doi Suthep – Doi Pui hill is part of the Thanon Thong Chai Range, the southernmost subrange of the Shan Highland system. Other high peaks of the same range are Doi Luang Chiang Dao (2,175 metres (7,136 ft)), Doi Pui (1,685 metres (5,528 ft)), and Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand, at 2,565 metres (8,415 ft).
The temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is on top of a hill (around 1,060 metres (3,478 ft)) forming Doi Suthep. This Buddhist place of worship dates back to the 13th century. It is an important venue for the devout and a legend featuring a white elephant is connected to this revered site. There are views of Chiang Mai city and its surroundings from the top of this mountain.
This mountain is part of the Doi Suthep – Pui National Park. The park was established in 1981 and has an area of 261 square kilometres (101 sq mi) that includes the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple as well as Bhubing Rjanives Palace, further up the mountain.
Doi Pui, the other peak of the massif, is close by via a surfaced road as well as through forest paths. Hmong hill tribe people live in the surrounding area.
Location: Huai Kaeo Road; Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand