Northern Thailand

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  • 1. Wat Phra That Cho Hae

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On a hilltop in Tambon Pa Daeng, this late-12th-century temple is distinguished by its 33-meter-tall (108-foot-tall) golden chedi and breathtaking...Read More

  • 2. Wat Pumin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nan has one of the region's most unusual and beautiful temples, Wat Pumin, whose murals alone make a visit to this part of northern Thailand...Read More

  • 3. Wat Chang Kham

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This wat has one of only seven surviving solid-gold Buddha images from the Sukhothai period. Its large chedi is supported by elephant-shape...Read More

  • 4. Wat Chang Lom

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Due east of the park is one of Sukhothai's oldest monasteries. Its bell-shape pagoda, thought to have been built in the latter part of the 14th...Read More

  • 5. Wat Chang Lom

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Near the entrance, Wat Chang Lom shows strong Sri Lankan influences. The 39 elephant buttresses are in much better condition than their counterparts...Read More

  • 6. Wat Chedi Jet Thaew

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This complex to the south of Wat Chang Lom has seven rows of ruined chedis, some with lotus-bud tops that are reminiscent of the larger ones...Read More

  • 7. Wat Chom Sawan

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A Burmese architect designed this beautiful monastery built during the reign of King Rama V (1868–1910). The bot and viharn combine to make...Read More

  • 8. Wat Chong Kham

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A wonderfully self-satisfied Burmese-style Buddha, the cares of the world far from his arched brow, watches over this 19th-century temple, which...Read More

  • 9. Wat Chong Klang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 19th-century temple is worth visiting to see a collection of figurines brought from Burma more than a hundred years ago. The teakwood carvings...Read More

  • 10. Wat Doi Tong

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Near the summit of Doi Tong, this temple overlooks the Mae Kok River. The ancient pillar that stands here once symbolized the center of the...Read More

  • 11. Wat Hua Wiang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Mae Hong Son's most celebrated Buddha image, one of the most revered in northern Thailand, is inside this 19th-century temple. Its origins are...Read More

  • 12. Wat Hua Wiang Tai

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Gaudy Wat Hua Wiang Tai has a naga running along the top of the wall and lively murals painted on the viharn's exterior. ...Read More

  • 13. Wat Luang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Phrae's oldest structure lies within the Old City walls. Although the wat was founded in the 12th century, renovations and expansions completely...Read More

  • 14. Wat Mahathat

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Sitting amid a tranquil lotus pond, Wat Mahathat is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Sukhothai. Enclosed in the compound are some...Read More

  • 15. Wat Ming Muang

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its all-white exterior Wat Ming Muang strikes a dramatic pose offset slightly by the exterior's surfeit of intricate carvings. (Photo ops...Read More

  • 16. Wat Nang Phya

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    To the southeast of Wat Chedi Jet Thaew, this temple has well-preserved floral reliefs on its balustrade and stucco reliefs on the viharn wall. ...Read More

  • 17. Wat Pa Sak

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The name of this wat, Chiang Saen's oldest chedi, refers to the 300 ton sak (teak trees) planted in the surrounding area. The stepped temple...Read More

  • 18. Wat Phra Keo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Emerald Buddha, which now sits in Thailand's holiest temple, Wat Phra Keo in Bangkok, is said to have been discovered when lightning split...Read More

  • 19. Wat Phra Phai Luang

    Old City | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This former Khmer structure, once a Hindu shrine, was converted to a Buddhist temple. Surrounded by a moat, the sanctuary is encircled by three...Read More

  • 20. Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Commonly known as Wat Yai (the Great Temple), this temple established in the mid-14th century developed into a large monastery with typical...Read More

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