Chiang Mai has more than 300 Buddhist temples (known as Wats) in varying architectural styles that reveal the provinces rich heritage. With some of the oldest temples in Thailand, a temple tour is a must for anyone interested in Buddhism or the more than 700-year history of Chiang Mai. Elaborate woodcarvings, mysterious Naga serpent staircases, gilded umbrellas, mythical custodians, ancient Buddha images and gold leaf stupas, Chiang Mai's temples are beautiful and draw inspiration from a range of sources. You will need a few days to get to all 10 of these temples, but they are well worth a visit. Remember these places are not merely tourist attractions - they are revered places of worship so a certain amount of respect and decorum is advisable. Try and dress appropriately and keep the noise to a minimum. This list has been compiled on the basis of both physical beauty and religious significance.
An important Temple perched at the top of Doi Suthep... read more
Phrapokklao Road within the Old City
Intersection of Ratchadamnoen Road
On Suthep Road
Next to Hill Tribe Products Promotion Center
Mueang Chiang Mai, Sri Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand