Thailand is not only famous for its immaculate beaches, vibrant nightlife, and spectacular landscapes, but plenty of reasons make this tropical island a must-visited place for travellers. The country is bustling with many attractions that meet the eye, and the enthralling Thai temples are proof.

Even if you aren’t pious, these exquisitely designed Thai temples can captivate and awestruck you. Most of these Thailand temples are surrounded by notable locals like riverbanks and hilltops.

Still not convinced? Sit back, scroll through, and get ready to see a side of Thailand you probably haven’t seen before!

Moreover, don’t forget to add these Thai temples to your Thailand itinerary; we can vouch you will have a great time indubitably!

Temples of Bangkok

Bangkok is a fascinating and unique travel destination, and the Bangkok temples are a major reason for this.

Any travellers visiting the Thai capital should visit these Thai temples. The architecture of these temples is stunning, and all the gold and colored glass of the temples in Bangkok will allow for excellent photo opportunities.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun inscribed its name as one of the distinguishable temples in Bangkok. You can identify this Thai temple placed on postcards and souvenirs from the country.

Wat Arun in Bangkok

It is one of the six Royal Temples in Thailand and the most alluring. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this beautiful temple is a gilded 80-metre prang that shoots into the sky, visible from miles away.

The temple complex boasts halls, pavilions and hundred Buddha images, all portraying different phases of his life. During the night river cruise, you can enjoy an illuminated view of the temple.

Timing: 8 am-5.30 pm

Entry fee: 100 THB

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Wat Pho

One of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho, or Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is located adjacent to the Grand Palace.

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Wat Pho, one of the few Thai temples to have first-class royal status, draws millions of devotees throughout the year, as it is home to a massive golden reclining Buddha (46 meters long).

It was constructed in the 19th century by King Rama III and represented Buddha’s ascension into nirvana. There are 91 stupas, 1000 Buddha images, and a descendant of the sacred Bodhi Tree from India’s Bodhgaya.

Wat Pho is well-known for being the birthplace of Thai medicine and massage, a practice it continues to pursue, offering academic courses about this study area.

Timing: 8 am to 6.30 pm

Entry fee: 100 THB

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Loha Prasat

King Rama III built Loha Prasat, or “Metal or Iron Castle”, in the 19th century.

With 37 black metal spires protruding into the sky, each representing one of the 37 virtues required for enlightenment, it is one of Thailand’s most distinctive temples.

Loha Prasat in temple

The temple has a meditation cell on the ground floor, where monks sit chanting prayers, stairs lead up to a shrine where Buddha’s artefacts are kept and a walkway that provides a mesmerizing view of the surroundings.

The temple’s back lanes were lined with a famous amulet market and well-maintained gardens.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

Entry fee: free

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Temples in the North: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is the prime destination for travellers looking to experience Thai culture and Buddhism. It is home to three hundred temples, religious centres, and cultural sites.

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

It is located on the mountain Doi Suthep and is one of the most prominent historical sites in the province. If you plan to visit Chiang Mai, you can’t ignore this Thai temple.

Nearly 15 kilometres from the city centre, this temple consists of an amazing gold-plated chedi (pagoda), the famous white elephant shrine, several paintings, and a superbly made naga stairway with 309 steps leading you up to the top.

The temple also embraces you with a fantastic panoramic view of Chiang Mai that could be perfect on any postcard.

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep began in 1371 as a single chedi but was expanded several times by various Chiang Mai monarchs and is still being added today. The most recent addition, a glass tip for the golden lotus on one of the pagodas, was donated by the present king of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Timing: 6 am to 8 pm

Entry fee: 20 THB for locals and 50TBH for foreigners.

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Wat Chedi Luang 

This Thai temple presents a different style of architecture, as it belongs to the Lanna origin.

It was built in the 14th century to enshrine a king’s remains. Wat Chedi Luang inscribed its place as the tallest temple of Chiang Mai for five centuries. But a severe earthquake in the 16th  century reduced its former height of ninety meters to the present-day sixty.

Wat Chedi Luang

The temple was once an adobe to the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most consecrated religious relic.

This temple is in the Old City area, near the Thapae Gate. The temple’s compound possesses the Mahamakut Buddhist University and a monks’ campus. You can visit other famous Thai temples, including Wat Phra Singh.

Timing: 5 am to 10 pm

Entry fee: 40 THB for adults and 20 THB for children.

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Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh, or The Monastery of the Lion Buddha, is a beautiful old Thai temple in the Old City of Chiang Mai. Since it was built in the 14th century during the Lanna Kingdom, temple structures have an impressive architecture in the traditional Lanna style.

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The viharn, or the assembly hall, is adorned with rich gold and ochre detailing, with fresco walls reciting stories from the Buddha’s life.

Another viharn house comprises an esteemed large Buddha image and several smaller ones.

A library is there on the temple ground, which stockpiled ancient texts. The monk’s residence and another building contain a golden reclining Buddha.

Timing: 9 am to 6 pm

Entry fee: 20 THB for locals and 50 THB for foreigners

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Temples in the South: Phuket

Wat Chalong

Wat Chalong is one of the most precious Thai temples in Phuket. It is also known as Wat Chaiyathararam and is located in the Chalong sub-district of Mueang Phuket.

Wat Chalong

The temple is dedicated to two highly respected monks, Luang Pho Chaem and Luang Pho Chuang, who supported the locals during a tin miners’ rebellion in 1876.

The temple comprises several buildings and halls, including the Grand Pagoda, which boasts a fragment of Buddha’s bone and several effigies of Buddha.

The pagoda is adorned with beautiful glass mosaics and is one of the most impressive structures in the temple complex.

A museum is there, which portrays the history and culture of Phuket. Visitors get delighted with the museum’s antique ceramics, tin mining tools, and other artifacts.

Timing: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Big Buddha

The Big Buddha is one of the popular Thai temples and noteworthy landmarks in Phuket Located atop a hill in the southern part of the island. The Big Buddha statue stands 45 meters tall and is made of reinforced concrete covered in white Burmese jade marble.

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The construction of this famous temple started in 2004, and the locals and tourists raised the fund. It took ten years to complete the statue, and it was opened in 2014. Since then, it has become one of Phuket’s most applauded tourist destinations.

You can reach the Big Buddha by climbing a steep staircase. You may come across several viewpoints of the surrounding area.

The temple complex includes several other small statues, a shrine to the Buddha’s footprint, and a bell tower. Devotees offer lights, candles, etc., to show their respects to the Buddha.

Timing: 8 am to 7.30 pm

Entry fee: Free

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Other popular Thai temples

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun, or the “White Temple,” is undoubtedly the most stunning in Thailand—perhaps even Asia.

You can refer to this structure as a fairytale, a fusion of fictional worlds, or even a replica of Narnia. It is indubitably a magnificent structure and one of Thailand’s most amazing temples.

Renowned Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat intricately designed this temple, which took nearly 20 years to create.

Wat Chedi Luang

The contemporary Thai temple was envisioned to stand out from traditional Thai temples. This temple is completely white, with exquisite designs and gorgeous and intriguing sculptures.

Visitors must cross a bridge guarded by sculptures of outreaching hands portraying uncontrolled desire.

The walls and ceilings of the temple are adorned with paintings of Buddha’s life and teachings. For any art aficionado, this Thai temple is a must-visited place in Thailand.

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Tiger Cave Temple

The temple has gained its name from the caves that it holds. These caves have tiger footprints on the stone. It is indeed the most appreciated Buddhist temple in Thailand.

Once you climb up the stairs (1272 steps) and reach the top of the temple, you will be amazed by the splendid views of Thailand and the Andaman Sea.

Tiger Cave Temple in Thailand

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The Sanctuary of Truth

This bizarre Thai temple is located on the Northern side of Pattaya. It is truly an architectural marvel and an accolade for Thai artistry’s deftness.

The temple is made of wood, but it still needs to be completed. The temple is exhaustively carved with diverse patterns from Thai, Cambodian, Indian and Chinese traditions. (Pic needed)

Inside the temple, you will find many deities from different Eastern cultures. It is mainly considered a centre venerating the virtues of human beings and the significance of art, philosophy, life, and faith.

Though it is not a traditional Thai temple, it could be an ideal place to offer prayers and strengthen your relationship with the supreme power.

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Tips While Visiting Thai Temples

  • Never enter any Thai temple with short, revealing or indecent clothes. Go for clothes that will perfectly cover your shoulders, legs and stomach.
  • Carry a scarf with you always while visiting Thai temples. Sometimes, the temple will instruct you to cover your head.
  • Pay some donation as per your wish
  • Always give respect to monks and priests
  • Don’t make any noise inside prayer halls
  • Some temples may not allow photography in front of deities. So, respect the decision.

While travelling to a country, it would be great if you immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of the country. It contributes to the development of a world that is more sensitive, accommodating, and cohesive.

So visit these beautiful Thai temples on your next Thailand trip. It will not only strengthen your faith but also will amaze you with its mesmerizing beauty.

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FAQs

How many temples are there in Thailand?

Thailand has 40,717 temples, of which 33,902 are currently in use. Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Chalong, etc., are a few Thai temples you should visit during your Thailand trip.

What is the best time to visit these Thai temples?

Each temple opens for a particular time during the day for devotees. The best time to visit the temples is early morning, from February to April when the weather is enjoyable.

Why is Thailand famous for temples?

Buddhism is the prime religion of Thailand; thus, the country is brimming with temples. These temples play an imperative role in Thailand’s culture and tradition.

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