Local Buddhists, and others seeking to make merit, gather in Chiang Mai on the night of Visakha Bucha and walk together from Wat Mou Boon, near the Kruba Srivichai Monument, to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. (The temple is commonly known as “Doi Suthep” although the shorter name in fact refers to the mountain.) Later in the evening, visitors can witness a ceremony in which holy Buddha images are sprinkled with sacred waters. From the temple’s location high on the mountain, awesome views of Chiang Mai can be seen below. If the hike proves too demanding, there are also songtaew taxis that drive up from the city.