You haven’t truly been to Chiang Mai until you’ve visited some of its three dozen beautiful Buddhist temples. From Doi Suthep Temple in the mountains outside the city to a clustering of ancient temples within its ancient walls, here are a few of our favorites.
Wat Chedi Luang
103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50200
Wat Chedi Luang ranks among Chiang Mai’s most important temples, with a lot to see and do on its sprawling grounds. In addition to the towering chedi (stupa) flanked by five elephant sculptures, visitors will find two prayer halls, a smaller carved teak temple, and a few other buildings housing Buddhist statues.
Many walking, biking, and Segway tours of the Old City stop at Wat Chedi Luang. Those with a particular interest in Thai Buddhism can opt for a temples tour, which often includes Wat Chiang Man, Wat Phrasing, and Lai Kham Chapel as well.
The Best City Tour View Points Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Pha Lat
$33.46 per adult
Learned a lot and had a great time!
Our tour guide, Nes, was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and friendly. She had a great program and was happy to answer all of our questions. I had even been to one of the temples already, but learned a lot more with her than I did the first time. Thank you for a great morning!
Katie_A, Mar 2020
Things to Know Before You Go
Wat Chedi Luang is a must-visit for spiritual travelers and first-time visitors.
Remember to dress respectfully with your shoulders and knees covered.
Tours of Chiang Mai that feature Wat Chedi Luang can last anywhere from two hours to half a day.
There's a small entrance fee to visit the temple.
How to Get There
Wat Chedi Luang is in the center of the moated Old City of Chiang Mai, near Th Ratchadamnoen. If you’re outside the Old City, the easiest way to get there is by tuk-tuk. Many guided tours pass by the temple too.
When to Get There
Wat Chedi Luang is open daily throughout the year, but the best time to visit—especially if you want to talk with one of the monks—is first thing in the morning when the grounds open to visitors.
Daily Monk Chats
If you’ve ever wanted to chat with a Buddhist monk, pull up a chair at Wat Chedi Luang. Throughout the day, monks can often be seen waiting along the north side of the temple grounds, indicating that they’re free for a chat. You’ll learn more about Buddhism and the day-to-day life of a monk in Thailand, while the monks get to practice their English—a win-win.
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