Mae Taeng Landmarks

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Mae Taeng Landmarks

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  • Patty Kanyaporn
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    Wat Ban Den boasts a vibrant and whimsical aesthetic. Think mosaic-covered structures, gleaming statues, and an overall sense of exuberance. It's often compared to Chiang Rai's Blue Temple, but with a unique twist.

    History buffs will appreciate the temple's fascinating backstory. Founded in 1894 (originally named Wat Sahari Sribunrang), it was later renovated with a focus on the Thai zodiac. The complex features twelve stunning chedis (stupas) – one for each zodiac animal. According to local belief, a person's spirit resides in the chedi corresponding to their birth year.

    While Wat Ban Den has gained popularity with tourists, it remains a place of worship for the local community. Be respectful of those in prayer, and remember to dress modestly.
    Written March 29, 2024
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  • Wingfield73
    Chiang Mai, Thailand1,014 contributions
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    This wat is in two different parts. The main monastery area at the foot of the hill is nice - nothing out of the ordinary beyond the friendly welcome by the monks. But its when you go up to the top of the hill - either a thousand steps to gain merit or an easy drive up the narrow winding road to the summit. The new building itself is spectacular with soaring white pinnacles reminiscent of Gothic churches and has great views over the surrounding countryside. But it is the interior which is impressive as it has been constructed around a still intact and ancient stupa.
    Written February 28, 2019
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  • Clare S
    London, UK39 contributions
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    This beautiful location is most certainly off the beaten track and so I would be surprised if it features in any guide books. We were taken here by a local acquaintance. He had never been before, but said it had been recommended by a friend. There is no signage from the road and so it took some time to find, but was totally worth the effort. We drove here from Chiang Mai and it took under 2 hours, through some fantastic scenery with stunning views.

    The tea plantation is small, relative to the commercial operations I had previously visited in Darjeeling. It is managed by the owner, who started growing tea-plants 20 years ago, as part of the 'Royal Project' initiative. He does all the tending by hand. As a result, the area is quite small, but the quality of the tea is superb. We sampled both white tea and green tea, and the owner's own roasted coffee ( - not sure we should own up to that on a tea plantation!), which was delicious. Unfortunately, although small packets of tea are for sale, we couldn't buy the coffee beans as the owner doesn't roast enough to sell.

    In addition to sampling the tea (and coffee), we had the most delicious meal of our entire trip here. It included an extremely tasty fish soup, along with a tea-leaf omelette (surprisingly more-ish) and deep-fried tea leaves with a chilli dipping sauce (easily as tasty as chips, but maybe slightly healthier?). The deep-fried chicken just melted in the mouth!

    The owner doesn't speak English beyond a few words, although we did manage to communicate amusingly using actions and gestures. However, it is worth visiting with someone who can translate from Thai, due to the fact that there is so much to learn about tea-planting, growing, and picking. The demand for the white tea grown here (most of which is apparently shipped to France) is currently outstripping the supply.

    We were slightly bothered by a rather large wasp when the food was brought out. It seemed to take a liking to me in particular, which I found a bit disconcerting. However, the owner came to the rescue with a couple of long-handled fans, and he stood guard over the table while we ate, so that our feast was accompanied by the gentle 'whooshing' sound of the fans. He mentioned that these are the sort of wasps that you don't want to kill, as they then give off particular pheromones that communicate to all their friends that they need to come and attack...
    Written October 4, 2017
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  • Dao2024
    Chiang Mai, Thailand1,607 contributions
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    It is located on the north end of Mae Taeng and before the river bridge. Only a few blocks drive to the right and there is also free parking available. The entrance fee was only 60 baht per person. The parks main attractions are 2 enormous man made waterfalls that are over four stories tall! There are numerous waterfalls cascading into huge pools below the man made mountains. The mountains also have caves and corridors with windows through the waterfalls in a few spots. The surrounding gardens are magnificent with huge trees and many colorful flower gardens! There is also a group of rooms forming a resort area. The new shops were still under construction and there are plenty of restaurants and food vendors there as well!
    Written February 12, 2021
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