Songda Temple is an ancient royal temple called the "Temple of the Garden". The temple building is magnificent, the white temple door enshrines the largest bronze Buddha in Thailand, the surrounding blue gold column is very gorgeous, the stupa also contains the highest Buddhist relic, and there are many stupas of different heights behind the temple. There will be large-scale Buddhist celebrations, many believers will go to worship, and the sunset scenery there is beautiful, attracting many photography enthusiasts.
Legend has it that King Ku Na once invited Sumana Thera of Sukhothai to bring Sri Lankan Bibles to Chiang Mai to give lectures, and also provided a royal garden-which is now the location of Wat Suan Dok. He built a temple to live here. Songda Temple was completed in 1371, and Sumanatella became the first abbot of the temple.
This place organizes free Bhuddist meditation retreats outside Chiang Mai. Even if that's not your scene typically, it's a great way to experience how a chunk of the Thai population lives. You'll wake up really early for meditation, but you also get to spend 24 hours in baggy white clothes/pajamas that the temple provides, eat simple but free meals, and learn a lot about serenity beyond the stereotypical lotus position.
Wat Suan Dok is known for its 500-year-old bronze Buddha image and colorful murals. It dates back to 1373 so it's really neat just seeing something that old. The architecture here is nice, but I think the real gem of this place is that it's an awesome location to watch sunsets over the city.
Built on a former flower garden in 1373, this important monastery enshrines the other half of the sacred Buddha relic that was transported by white elephant to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The main chedi is a gilded, bell-shaped structure that rises dramatically above a sea of immaculate white memorial chedi honouring members of the Thai royal family, with the misty ridge of Doi Suthep soaring behind. Virtually every evening a 5pm they have a very informal 'talk' with the monks session who answer questions and impart Buddhist philosophy in order to practice their English. See no one else tells you this stuff!
This is a royal temple, not only the building is majestic, but the garden is also very beautiful