On our last day in Chiang Mai, we visited Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and lunched on some of the best burgers in Thailand. It was a perfect end to our Chiang Mai trip, especially after witnessing Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Lantern Festival.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is Chiang Mai’s temple in heaven
No visit to Chiang Mai would ever be complete without a stop at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, or Doi Suthep for short. This temple stands in Chiang Mai’s highest peak, and it’s worth the climb because going there makes you feel that you’re hanging out in the clouds. It’s a little bit of Chiang Mai’s history up in the mountains. I have not been here since I was maybe 12 or 13 years old.
What did we do at Doi Suthep? We walked three times around the Golden Pagoda, which contains relics of the Buddha. We also did a bit of fortune-telling and hung golden bells.
The highlight of that stop is the monk who sprayed us with holy water. It was the one time where everyone in our group was wearing our “Feed Your Soul” T-shirts, and he was like, “What is this ‘feed your soul’ thing?” We were all surprised that he spoke English!
Eventually, I explained to him that I’m with a group of first-timers to Thailand, and the purpose of our trip is to feed people’s souls by inspiring them through food, culture, and travel. To me, feeding people’s souls is being spiritual, in line with the universe, peaceful, and helpful to the community. The monk said that it’s pretty much aligned with the Buddha’s teachings.
The Beast: serving up some of the best burgers in Thailand
After our visit to Doi Suthep, I threw a curveball at my Soul Foodies by taking them to lunch at The Beast—hands down one of the best burger joints in Thailand. It used to be a food truck, though it has since set its roots in Chiang Mai.
The store is small but impressive, with a 15-seater storefront and maybe a 200-square-foot kitchen. The burgers are amazing.
Watch the episode on our last day in Chiang Mai here: https://bit.ly/NFSSeason2Ep14.