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Wat Pha Lat, a hidden temple in the jungle of Chiang Mai

Wat Pha Lat, or as it is known, the Leaning Rock Temple, is one of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This temple is located among the lush jungle and has a slightly decadent appearance, which adds even more charm to the place.

We discovered it by chance, when we were on our way to Doi Suthep. We stopped at an exit from the main road to take some photos and we realized that some motorcycles were making this detour and entering a little path in the middle of the jungle. The first thing we thought was that there had to be something cool there, like a waterfall or a viewpoint... And our surprise was finding ourselves at Wat Pha Lat.


The Pha Lat Temple is a “secret” temple hidden in the jungle of northern Thailand, very close to Chiang Mai. It was a place used for the rest of the monks who did the Monk's Trail. A pilgrimage path that led them to the golden temple.

Today, a community of Buddhist monks lives in the temple and the surrounding buildings. The temple is surrounded by lush vegetation, creating a very magical and peaceful space.

If you have time you can do the monk's trail. Even if it's just one journey. It is a road that goes from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep. You can at least do some of the journey. To mark the way on the trees there are orange ribbons.

The entire environment is a haven of peace and impressive tranquility. It is a little touristy place, you barely find some more adventurous travelers. So if you visit, be responsible and maintain the environment. You don't know how sad it made me to see that some travelers had thrown garbage on the roads.

There are some stupas and statues that have practically been swallowed by nature, and that is precisely one of the things I like most about this place.


Despite being a bit hidden, it is quite easy to get to the temple. You must take the Suthep road towards the zoo, shortly after taking the detour you will find two booths and a map indicating that the Monk's Trail begins there. This could be said to be the last stage of the journey that the monks make, but, even so, you will have to walk for about 1 hour to get there. Now with Google maps it is much easier to locate and find it.


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