Must-see Temples to Visit in Thailand
Thailand has always possessed a certain quality that’s able to draw in and charm travellers. It’s a place with two sides pristine beaches and glittering temples contrasted to its bustling cities of backpackers and a visit there promises travellers an experience like no other.
There’s plenty to do, certainly too much to list in a short guide, and with tens of thousands of Buddhist temples and ruins for you to visit, we’ve picked three of the most beautiful that you should include in your itinerary when planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand.
Wat Phra Kaew and Grand Palace, Bangkok
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Regarded as the most sacred temple in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew is a vast compound that’s home to the breath-taking Emerald Buddha as well as the Grand Palace, which was the former residence of the Thai monarch.
Almost a small fairytale-like town, the architecture in the compound is grand, colourful and majestic. Facing the entrance is a bronze statue clothed in white, a tribute to the inventor of Yoga a Hindu hermit. Each temple entrance is guarded by yakshas, a pair of huge demons, and there are eight tall multicoloured towers (or prangs) made from Chinese porcelain along the eastern outer wall of the palace, which is said to represent the eight elements of Buddhist religion. You certainly won’t be short of photo opportunities at Wat Phra Kaew.
Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai
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The northern capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai is nestled amongst the forest and foothills, making it a blissfully peaceful escape from the chaotic cities. Despite it being a popular destination for tourists, the laid-back atmosphere prevails, which is perhaps due to the number of remarkable monasteries that remain there.
Wat Phra Singh is the most lavish and grand temple in Chiang Mai, with its immaculate grounds and elaborate architecture. Although the buildings are rich, intricate and ornate in their decoration, they aren’t at all gaudy and you’ll be in awe of their beauty.
Wat Pha Sorn Kaew, Phetchabun
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Also known as the temple on a glass cliff, the obscure location of this temple means that it doesn’t often feature on a traveller’s itinerary. However, it’s one of the most visually-striking temples in Thailand.
Millions of colourful and sparkling mosaic tiles decorate the pagoda and surrounding buildings, the temple has a stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountains and five Buddha statues sit majestically amongst them, their clean white a stark contrast against the colourful surroundings and immediately draws your eye.
Make sure you add our top three must-see Buddhist temples to your itinerary when planning your travels in Thailand they’re steeped in history and cultural importance, with a peaceful charm that’s sure to make you fall in love with the country. If you’ve only got only a limited amount of time to experience Thailand we recommend looking for guided tours, such as the ones available at Exodus, to get a taste of the country before you (inevitably) plan your trips back!