BUDDHIST TEMPLES IN CHANG RAI THAILAND
Chiang Rai | Northern Thailand
Buddhist Temples are a huge part of the culture in Thailand. To visit these temple you can go to Chiang Mai or Not far from Chiang Mai is Chiang Rai a city in northern Thailand that has a population of about 62,000. The sights of Chiang Rai are often visited on a day-trip from Chiang Mai, but we would highly recommend a one or two-night stay in Chiang Rai town. Tours from Chiang Mai often skip the sights of the city, and it does have something different to offer.The city is a great place to start when exploring the region. The city has the following transportation: car, bus, and train. Let’s cover some basic plans for getting around in the area. The Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai international Airport is about 8 kilometers from downtown Chiang Rai and has taxi and car rental services available. The taxi rate is set at about B300 for a trip to the hotels downtown. So, there’s no need to be concerned about negotiating taxi fare. Air Asia, Orient Thai, and Thai Airways all fly into this airport. There are also two bus services in the city, Bus Terminal 1 and Bus Terminal 2. Bus Terminal 1 is located right downtown and it is a minibus which takes about 15 minutes and costs about 10 bhat per person.
The second terminal is about 7 kilometers south of the city and buses from elsewhere in Thailand stop here. Decide where you want to go before picking a terminal, but for going to the hotel in downtown Chiang Rai just board Terminal bus 1. Now to go to Chiang Kong (on the Laos border), the bus ride is longer, about 2 hours, and costs about 70 bhat. Check the bus schedule because it usually boards about every hour. Travel in the city by foot is another option, but if walking is not for you, consider hiring a driver and car. It’s not much more expensive than renting a car. Motorbikes and trails are also available.
Buddhist Temples to Visit
There are a total of 40,717 Buddhist Temples (Thai: Wat) in Thailand as of 2004, about 33,900 are in current use, according to the Office of National Buddhism.
Visit Wat Phra Kaeo, a beautiful Buddhist temple, right in the city on Trairat Street. This temple is famous because it housed the Emerald Buddha, one of the more famous Buddha images, in the 14th century. Legend suggests that lightning hit and opened up the ground. The statue was then rediscovered. A nearly exact replica of the Emerald Buddha is housed in this two-story, air- conditioned museum. Although the museum is compact, it is an excellent choice with lush greens. Look up Thai on Facebook for comments on this museum. The original statue of the Emerald Buddha is housed in Bangkok, on the grounds of the Royal Palace. Wat Phra Ka, also near the town hall, used to house the Buddha statue, the Phra Buddha Sihing. There is now a replica in its place in the city of Chiang Rai.
Hotels in the city are numerous and a few will be listed in this article. Consider travel planning using the Internet to assist in selecting a hotel. Chedi Chiang Mai had a large number of good reviews so it is worth investigating. Free internet, a business center, bar, restaurant, and wheel chair access were some of the listed amenities. All of the expected benefits that go with hotel accommodations were included. The Mandarin Oriental Dhana Dhevi was second on the list in terms of reviews. It is a luxurious hotel resort with a laid back atmosphere. The management wants the stay to be memorable and goes all out to please the guests. Many other hotels are available and probably equally nice.
Buddhist Temples in Chiang Mai [adsenseyu1]
Chiang Mai’s temples are perhaps the most interesting of its many attractions. Unlike Bangkok, where few temples are more than 200 years old, some temples in Chiang Mai are as old as the city, which celebrated it’s 700th anniversary in 1996.
The one temple every first-time visitor absolutely, positively must see is the mountain-top Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. The temple is a “must see” not only for its importance as a pilgrimage temple, but also for the outstanding views it affords of the city and its surrounding plain, when the weather cooperates. A trip to the temple is usually combined with a stop at the royal Phu Phing Palace and the Doi Pui Maeo village. There are so many beautiful Buddhist temples in Thailand it is really hard to narrow your choice down to just a few. Good luck and have a great time visiting the Buddhist temples of Thialand
WAT PA PAO
- Its completely overlooked by all the guidebooks, but Wat Pa Pao is a quite unique Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai.