Wat Pho "The Temple of Reclining Buddha"

10 Popular Temples in Thailand That You Must See

There are nearly 95%1 of Thailand’s population who are Buddhists so you shouldn’t be surprised if traveling to Thailand usually comprise visits to the stunning temples in major cities. These spots, after all, are indelible parts of Thailand’s wonderful culture. However, the opportunity to see these magnificent architectures does not end in the city alone. Temples – as beautiful as those in Bangkok – are spread across the country and are just waiting to be visited by curious tourists and devotees.

Among the suggested temples are as follows:

1. Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew "Temple of the Emerald Buddha"

Wat Phra Kaew “Temple of the Emerald Buddha” | Credits : Best In Bangkok

More famously known as the “Temple of the Emerald Buddha“, Wat Phra Kaew is known as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located within the complex of the Grand Palace in Central Bangkok, this stunning architecture serves as the religio-political symbol of the nation. Many people believe that tours to Bangkok will never be complete without visiting this place.

Image Credits : Wat Phra Kaew | Best in Bangkok

2. Wat Arun

Wat Arun "The Temple of the Dawn"

Wat Arun “The Temple of the Dawn” | Credits : Janna Maica

Admirably standing by the Thonburi west banks of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Arun – or the “Temple of the Dawn” – is considered as a symbol of Bangkok. Being in existence since the 17th century, this temple is hailed as a prized possession of the city. It is named so because as the sun rises every morning, Wat Arun glows with pearly iridescence. It produces such a spectacular spectacle.

Image Credits : Janna Maica

3. Wat Benchamabophit

Wat Benchamabophit "The Marble Temple"

In Dusit District in Bangkok can be found perhaps one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples, the Wat Benchamabophit. Easily known as the “Marble Temple“, it flaunts an imposing architecture which comprises lacquered tiered roofs and ornate gilded accents. It is so famous that one can even see it at the 5-Baht coin.

4. Wat Pho

Wat Pho "The Temple of Reclining Buddha"

Wat Pho “The Temple of Reclining Buddha” | Credits : Earth Explorer

One of the most imposing Buddhist temples in Bangkok is at the Phra Nakhon District. It is the Wat Pho, or better known as the “Temple of the Reclining Buddha“. As its name suggests, this is where people can find one of the largest reclining Buddha in the world, along with thousand other statues. It is one of the largest and oldest temples in the city and is also visited for its cultural value.

Image Credits : The Temple of the Reclining Buddha – Wat Pho Bangkok | EarthExplorer

5. Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep | Credits : Tripandtravelblog

A Theravada Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep is basically a favorite tourist destination in the province. Boasting of charming gables and a gilded chedi, the temple is sure to astound anyone who lays eyes on it. Located in a high area, people should climb a 309-step stairs to get to the temple. The location also provides tourists with the opportunity to marvel on the beautiful Changmai from afar.

Image Credits : What to see in Thailand | Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai | Trip and Travel Blog

6. Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man | Credits : Yan’s Footprints

Another lovely temple in the Chiang Mai province is the Wat Chiang Man. Built in 1297 CE, it certainly is an indispensable part of Thailand’s history. Located inside the old city, the rather small temple perfectly blends with its setting. The quaint charm of the building complements the nature in which it is nestled.

Image Credits : Places to Go in Chiang Mai | Yan’s Footprints

7. Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Chaiwatthanaram (UNESCO World Heritage Site) | Credits : The Road to Anywhere

A part of the very prestigious World UNESCO Heritage Site Ayutthaya Region, Wat Chaiwatthanaram basically is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the area. Located by the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this splendid Khmer-style edifice used to be a royal temple where Thai monarchs would conduct religious ceremonies including cremations of the deads.

Image Credits : Temples of Thailand: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya | The Road to Anywhere

8. Wat Phra Pathom

Phra Pathom Chedi

Phra Pathom Chedi | Credits : William Zhang

A rather simple temple it may be, but Wat Phra Pathom in Nakhon Pathom is known and visited for its large chedi. Standing 127 meters tall, this is hailed as the largest of its kind in the world. It is believed to be in existence since the year 675.

Image Credits : Phra Pathom Chedi |  William Zhang

9. Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong | Credits : My Nomadic Habits

In Phuket, there are numerous important Budhhist temples erected for the people to visit. One of these is the Wat Chalong, a splendid edifice located in Tambon Chalong, Mueang Phuket District. It is dedicated to two highly venerable monks, and has been famed for its magnificent pagoda.

Image Credits : Top 5 Things to Do in Phuket, Thailand | My Nomadic Habits

10. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua "Tiger Temple"

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua “Tiger Temple” Entrance | Credits : Around the World in 1000 Days

Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua "Tiger Temple"

A buddhist monk and the tamed tiger | Credits : Re-train Your Brain to Happiness

More commonly known as the “Tiger Temple“, this unique place in Kanchanaburi is primarily visited by people for the Indochinese tigers that live with the monks. It is actually a forest temple founded in 1994 and has become a sanctuary for other wild animals like deers, water buffaloes, camels, and gibbons.

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Around the World in 1000 Days
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True enough, there are 40,7172 of other temples across Thailand; so people who are into these kinds of destinations should not hesitate to visit the country.

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1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism_in_Thailand
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Buddhist_temples_in_Thailand

Familiarizing Yourself with Public Transportation in Bangkok

One of the most in-demand tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, Bangkok enjoys a consistently high statistics of tourist arrival every year. People coming from all parts of the world, flock in to the beautiful ‘Land of Smiles’ to experience the exciting and unique culture of Thailand.

As the capital city of the said country, Bangkok is the political, cultural, entertainment and financial center. The place exhibits the marvelous fusion of these social divisions, creating a spectacular spectacle worth witnessing.

All it takes is to avail flights to Bangkok.  But to get around, there are several options to get familiar with:

City Line Airport Rail Link – This is basically a separate rail network that connects the Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the main city in a matter of 15-30 minutes. It is connected to BTS via the Makkasan Station.

The City Line is a blue train.

City Line Airport Rail Link (Blue Train)

City Line Airport Rail Link (Blue Train)

Taxi – Bangkok’s roads are basically dominated by taxis. Locals and foreigners alike can go to wherever part of the city with this comfortable mode of transportation. But sometimes, it can be a little daunting too, especially because traffic in Bangkok is often congested. Plus, there are lots of issues going on about scamming taxi drivers. Commuting tourists should therefore always be careful.

taxi in Bangkok

One of the many colorful taxis in Bangkok

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain – One of the easiest ways to get to famous places around Bangkok is through the Bangkok Train System. Being in operation for just more than a decade, it has served millions of daily commuters already. It has two lines (Sukhumvit and Silom) and fares range between 15 and 40 Baht, one way. It is also known as the Skytrain.

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain

Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain

Mass Rail Transportation – Also known as the Metro, the MRT is another convenient way to get transported to places around the city. It is the portal to connect commuters to the northern part of Bangkok, and has stop in the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market.

Mass Rail Transportation (MRT)

Mass Rail Transportation (MRT)| Credits: GoBangkok

Motorbike Taxi – Definitely unique, motorbike taxis are the usual options for commuters who are rushing to get to their destinations. Defying the congested traffic is never a problem because motors can overtake cars easily. It is cheap and adventurous, but some drivers can be totally reckless that passengers can end up bruised, scratched or wounded. But at least, helmets are available.

Motorbike taxis in Bangkok

The Motorbike Taxi drivers in uniform | Credits: ThaiCentrum

Tuktuk – They say that no tour around Bangkok will ever be complete without riding a tuktuk. There are tri-cycled vehicles quite native to Thailand. Locals don’t usually prefer this, especially because it has no meter. But tourists are often convinced and drivers usually take advantage. Sad but true.

Tuktuk

Tuktuk

Bus – Yes, there are buses in Bangkok but it’s as if those who have stayed in the city for like a few months will understand this system. There’s no definite timetable and it can be quite behind the schedule all the time. Tourists are advised to try this mode of transportation only if coming with a person familiar with it.

Bangkok's Public bus

Bangkok’s Public bus

A private tour bus

A private tour bus in the city

There is a possibility for people to rent cars to use to get around. However, a person able to visit the city or go on Bangkok city tour will most likely want to stay within the budget, so commuting will be the best idea. Generally, using the public transportation in the city is safe as long as people are informed. Tourists are then advised to get to know more things about these things before flying off to the city. That’s the best way to fully enjoy the experience.