The province of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand is home to many beautiful natural attractions, but the city itself has several interesting and beautiful temples, making it one of the most important and historic cities in Thailand. Here are five of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Rai that you’ll want to visit if you find yourself visiting northern Thailand in the near future!
Wat Rong Khun
The most popular tourist destination in Chiang Rai and one of the most exquisite Buddhist temples in all of Thailand is Wat Rong Khun, popularly referred to as the White Temple. It consists of nine structures in all, and you must see it to believe the detailed carvings on the white walls. In addition to being an architectural masterpiece, the temple also serves as a major point of interest for photographers who want to capture photos that are out-of-this-world. You can find Wat Rong Khun about 7 kilometers from town center.
Wat Huay Pla Kang
One of the most exquisite Buddhist temples in all of Thailand is Wat Rong Khun, popularly referred to as the White Temple, and it is the top tourist destination in Chiang Rai. Nine buildings make up this complex, and you must see it to believe the detailed carvings on the white walls. You can’t take pictures inside, but the exterior alone will take your breath away. Nearby is Wat Tham Sua which features a large reclining Buddha statue. Atop a hillside overlooking the city are five small temples that have an incredible view of the town below and also offer great photo opportunities for travelers looking for serenity in nature’s beauty.
Wat Rong Suea Ten
Wat Huay Pla Kang may not appear to be much at first glance, yet it has a lot of interesting things on its grounds. This temple will wow you with its enormous Buddha sculpture in addition to a 9-floor pagoda and 12 surrounding buildings. You can also get your fortune told or have your palm read by monks here. Don’t forget to stop by the vegetarian restaurant while you’re there!
Wat Sa Si
A few hundred metres to the northwest of Wat Mahathat, in the heart of the old walled town, is where you’ll find the Wat Sa Si temple. One of the most beautiful monuments in the Sukhothai Historical Park, it is situated on a tiny island in the centre of the Tra Phang Tra Kuan pond, which is surrounded by lotus blossoms.The Wat Sa Si was built around the end of the 14th century, according to the writing on one of the stone inscriptions unearthed in Sukhothai. The modest temple is made up of a main chedi, a second, smaller chedi, a viharn, a ubosot, and a walking Buddha statue in the Sukhothai style.