Chiang Mai is located in the mountainous region of Northern Thailand. It’s extremely culture rich and everywhere you walk, you’ll come across something exotic and meaningful on your South East Asian tourism journey. If
Chiang Mai is located in the mountainous region of Northern Thailand. It’s extremely culture rich and everywhere you walk, you’ll come across something exotic and meaningful on your South East Asian tourism journey.
If you’re looking for things to do in Chiang Mai, spend a day exploring all the Buddhist Temples. Here are the Top 7 Unique Temples that i recommend.
1. Wat Chiang Man
Located inside the Old City Walls in the North-East corner, this Buddhist Temple was the first temple built by King Mangrai in 1297 when he was constructing his new capital city, Chiang Mai. The Elephant Chedi at the back is absolutely stunning.
2. Wat Suan Dok
Located on Suthep Rd, it’s only 1.3kms (under 15 minute walk) west of Suan Dok Gate outside the Old City.
Roughly translated as “flower garden temple”, it’s a Buddhist Temple and is classified as the royal temple of the third class. It has a large area on the grounds of white washed mausoleums with ashes of the royal family of Chiang Mai. The grounds also contain a Buddhist University so you’ll see lots of Buddhist students wandering around too.
3. Wat SriSuphan (silver temple)
Located outside the Old City, only a 7 minute walk from Suan Pung Gate on the South Wall.
One of the oldest temples, originally founded in 1502, little remains of it now as it’s been constantly destroyed then rebuilt over the centuries. Now it’s covered in gorgeous silver and is very ornate and interesting to look at.
4. Wat Lok Moli (just outside the old city)
Located just outside the North Wall of the Old City, this Buddhist Temple is only a 6 minute walk away from the North Gate. It’s an older temple in Chiang Mai and is less visited than others but has so many interesting things to see on the grounds including wall mosaics, Buddha and elephant statues and even a small cafe!
5. Wat Chedi Luang
Located in the centre of the Old City, this impressive Buddhist Temple features a Chedi that’s around 60 metres high. It was built around the 14th to 15th centuries and originally held the famous Emerald Buddha.
6. Wat Umong (Forest Temple)
Located roughly 4kms from the West Wall of the Old City, this magical 700 year old Buddhist Temple really makes you feel like you’re off the beaten track. With ancient tunnels and surrounded by trees, you’ll definitely spend a bit of time here.
7. Wat Doi Suthep
Located on the large mountain overlooking Chiang Mai, this ancient Buddhist temple is one of the most sacred pilgrimage spots in Thailand. It holds the longest Naga (water serpent) staircase in Thailand (309 steps) that leads up to the main temple area.
An easy was to get there, is walk to just outside Chiang Mai Zoo and you’ll come across a heap of red trucks (red songthaews). Tell them you want to go to Wat Doi Suthep and then wait until the little truck gets filled up with more people.