Chiang Rai Temples

Chiang Rai Temples

In a land renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful temples, those in Chiang Rai province extend the terms “artistic” and  “creative” into another dimension…

Wat Rung Khun- The White Temple


Wat Rong Khun is in Ban Rong Khun, Tambon Pa O Don Chai, along Highway 1 (at Km. 816) approximately 11 km south of Chiang Rai city. Turn at the traffic lights and its on the left,200 metres from the intersection. More details…

Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of The Emerald Buddha

emerald-buddhaTrairat Road. The leading temple in the fascinating saga of the Emerald Buddha. Wat Phra Kaeo is a beautiful Buddhist temple on Trairat Road. It is famous for having housed the Emerald Buddha in the 14th century – one of the most revered Buddha images in Thailand. More details…-See Gallery / Temples for more images of Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Sing

wat-phra-sing-chiang-rai-1A Buddhist temple located on Thanon Singkhlai near the townhall, in Tambon Wiang, Mueang district, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. Wat Pra Singh was built by Pra Chao Maha Proma (P.E. 1345 – 1400), circa 1385 (B.E. 1928). More details…

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

wat-phra-that-doi-chom-thong-1On Doi Chom Thong on the banks of the Kok River within the city area.  Contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic – predates King Mengrai’s construction of Chiang Rai. The Chedi containing the Holy Relic was probably renovated at the same time the town was being built. More details…

Also located there is the City Pillar and the ‘Mer” – an image which represents the center of the Buddhist Universe. A major religious site in Chiang Rai – from here, King Mengrai is believed to have decided the strategic location on which to establish the town. Tel: 0 5371 6055.

Wat Phra That Doi Ngam Muang

king-megrai-stupa-chiang-raiWat Phra That Doi Ngam Muang is near Wat Chom Thong (above) and is beside the ancient stupa that houses the remains of King Mengrai The Great. More details…

Wat Ming Muang

wat-ming-muang-chiang-rai-1At the intersection of Th Banphaprakan and Th Trairat. Small temple housing the spirit of the city (ming meuang) in an exquisitely carved and decorated Lanna-style, almost Laotian wiharn.



Frequently visited by King Mengrai the Great and his queen… More details…

Wat Jetyod

wat-jetyod-535aWat Jetyod is an elegant building with a seven-pointed chedi behind it. This temple is located on Jetyod Road in the center of Chiang Rai city. More details...

Wat Klang Wiang

wat-klang-wiang-2Circa 1432, this is an excellent but little-visited temple showcasing the best of Lanna temple style. The temple is at the city’s geographical centre, and the founding pillar is located here. More details

Wat Mung Muang

Wat Mung Muang is located  mid-town, near the central market, north of the small white clock tower.

Wat Chiang Yuen

wat-chiang-yuen-1Sankhongluang Rd– T. Rob Wiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiangrai 57000, Thailand.


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Wat Mengrai Maharat

p1030800Nahkhai Rd, T. Rob Wiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiangrai 57000, Thailand.



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Wat Phra That Tham Doi Kong Kao

wat-phra-that-tham-doi-kong-kao-4Wat Phra That Tham Doi Kong Kao is located between the road and the river, approximately 1km before the turn-off to the Chiang Rai Jail. More details…


Wat Pra That Doi Prabat


p1030746Doiphabart Rd T. Rob Wiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiangrai 57000, Thailand.


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Wat San Pagor

p1030755T. Rob Wiang, Muang Chiang Rai, Chiangrai 57000, ThailandWat Pagor is on the opposite side of the airport runway, and is of Tai Yai / Shan architecture design.  Both Wat Pagor and Wat Prathat Doi Prabat are both less-well tended than other central city temples but are worth a visit as both are done in the old northern Thai style.

Wat Phra That Doi Khao Kwai


Temple and lookout viewpoint over the city, also known as Buffalo Horn Hill.

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Munniti Chiang Rai

Banpaprakan Rd (opposite Sammakkhi Wittayakhom School). This  is a rare Taoist and Mahayana Buddhist temple, not a common sight in Theraveda Buddhist Thailand.

Doi Incee Chedi


This gorgeous white Buddha image overlooks Chiang Rai from the hills to the west of the city.

Temples of Chiang Rai Location Map

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