Chang Phueak

Establishment neighborhood
Wat Prathat Doi Suthep Temple
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chang Phueak
About thirty minutes outside the city is a golden temple atop a mountain. To get there, you'll wind along an uphill road (you can grab a taxi in Chiang Mai), passing waterfalls and thick green jungle. Once there, the glimmering gold structure will be unlike anything you've seen. It is gigantic. It glows in the sun. The majestic peaks look like they're electrified. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is one of Thailand's most sacred temples. It dates back more than six centuries. Thai children from across the country visit the temple with their classmates and teachers, as do countless global tourists. You can walk among the pagodas, shrines, and statues. The grandeur, the size, the history—it all deserves at least a half-day excursion to take it all in. (Wear respectful attire and be sure to cover your shoulders and legs.)
Ristr8to Coffee
15/3 Nimmanhemin Rd., Chang Phueak
Its name comes from doppio ristretto, which is espresso's smoother, richer, less acidic cousin. That is the base of most of the coffee drinks at this artisanal café. The owner, Arnon Thitiprasert, sources some of the best single-origin beans in the world. He also does the most incredible latte art—and not just hearts, but animals, leaves, you name it—in the milk foam, which has earned him several awards. There are several outposts in Chiang Mai, but this one is our favorite because of the exciting location. We could spend an entire afternoon here.