Doi Thepnimit Phuket
Doi Thepnimit Phuket is a monastic residence with an amazing panoramic view over Patong beach. You can actually see its white iconic pagoda from the beach… if you know in which direct to look of course, it’s pretty tiny. Doi Thepnimit is a small but so beautifully decorated temple, and with such a vie it’s worth stopping on your way in or out Patong beach.
The chedi (a Buddhist stupa) is ornate with colourful seven-heads Naga (a mythical serpent-like creatures) and many other mythical characters. All the sculptures and carvings are extremely well executed and it is a pleasure to admire the craftsmanship. Note that the pagoda area is not always opened, but you can always walk around it. The shape of the chedi is Pra Tat Pra Nom style, from the northeast part of Thailand
Just remember to dress and behave appropriately as this is a religious place and you will frequently see monks and nuns meditating or sweeping the surrounding of the temples.
How to Get to Doi Thepnimit
To access Doi Thepnimit is a bit tricky since the new road to reach it is exactly at the top of the notoriously dangerous Patong Hill. If you are familiar with Patong you will know right away how to spot that small road: it’s next to the Chinese temple where everyone honks 3 times for good luck! The road to the Chedi is now nicely paved on a couple of kilometers and there is ample parking next to the temple.
There is actually another temple called Wat Thepnimit located between Phuket Town and Chalong. Just make sure you mark the right one when using Google map!
Photos of Doi Thepnimit
Doi Thepnimit Location
Location: Wichitsongkram St, Kathu, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83120