First you’ll see the peaks. The sharp, jutting, gorgeous white peaks of the chedi, or monuments. And then you’ll see the expanse. Several dozen white monuments surround a grand, gold, bell-shaped structure. This is Wat Suan Dok, one of Chiang Mai’s most famous Buddhist temples. Built in the mid-1300s, it honors the Thai royal family. Walk along the moat to take in the sea of white buildings before you enter the main temple complex, where you’ll see scenic murals and large Buddha statues. It’s arresting. Be sure, as always, to wear respectful clothing that covers your shoulders, arms, and legs.

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