Wat Pha Lat
Wat Pha Lat
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  • Phuong N
    Jacksonville, Florida1,120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    If you don’t have lots of time in Chiang Mai, I recommend to skip all other temples but this one. It is very cool to walk around with lots of green. Very beautiful temple with statues, carving. Entry is free. Not crowded and commercial like Doi Suthep temple. From downtown, get a grab car or red taxi. You also can do monk trail to get to the temple. Just ask taxi /tuktuk driver,/they will drop you off at trail head.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • rickrover
    Newlyn, United Kingdom127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing surroundings
    This is a very special temple in amazing surroundings. The temples are quite small and nowhere near as opulent as Doi Suthep or Phra Singh. For us it was part of the reason we loved it. The stream and the surrounding jungle made this place very beautiful. There are good walking paths within the compound. Definitely worth visiting.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Eug
    Melbourne, Australia21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best in Chiang Mai
    For me personally, it was the best temple in all of Chiang Mai. I don’t get at all what the fuss is about all these major famous temples (in the old city), where you see a lot of golden paint, thousands of tourists (and as many donation boxes), and generally feels too commercialised. This one, in comparison, feels humble, authentic, among beautiful nature and in perfect balance with surrounding environment. Yes, people who love seeing shiny objects probably won’t like it. Me personally, for example, saw nothing special or spiritual about famous Wat Doi Suthep…
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
  • riolola
    Finland43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, despite high season
    Much recommended if you’ve seen enough golden temples or need a break from the city hassle. Although on a Tuesday afternoon there were more people we expected so it wasn’t exactly a tranquil experience but very beautiful still and likely calmer than many other temple sites. A map of the area would have been nice as it wasn’t clear if each small path should be followed to cover the whole area. We took a random songthaew from Old Town up the hill and back. The private return trip cost 500/2 persons so it was not the cheapest option but on a hot day we didn’t feel like hiking or searching for a shared ride. Our driver waited for us an hour at the parking lot, but if you need more time I’m sure that can be negotiated. An hour was ok for us to look around and take pictures but for a slow enjoyment or meditative experience, reserve more time.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • NAF22
    Lisbon, Portugal215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most special Wat in Chiang Mai
    Clearly you find dozens of Wats in CM. One at each corner almost literally. This one stays in the hills, 30’ by taxi from city center and is different from all the others in the city due to the nature context. We loved everything about it.., it has a mystic context of ruins and preserved areas… buildings, rocks and nature… seems immersed in the jungle… water running around in small cascades and channels… Beautiful context! It is possible to reach by trail and some people do it. We got one of those red truck taxis… and paid 1200 bahts round trip, including a stop/visit also at the Doi Suthep temple (more 20-30’ ride up the hill) My advice would be to start your CM visit by these 2 temples… and leave city center for later.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 December 2023
  • PaweenKl
    Bangkok, Thailand147 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing atmosphere
    Beautiful scenery with peaceful atmosphere. Many things to see here including a short trek with a small stream, view of the city and the temple itself. Worth a stop on the way to Doi Suthep.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 February 2024
  • ErkiBear
    London, United Kingdom388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful forest temple
    Beautiful forest temple which was very tranquil and relaxed. Lots of smaller temple buildings to explore and views of Chiang Mai from the river. Worth a stop on the way to the much busier Doi Suthep.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom1,85,121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Temple Now Renown as a Meditation Retreat
    This temple is said to have been built where an elephant is said to have collapsed while being ridden by King Kuena, who was transporting Buddha relics to Doi Suthep. Originally, the temple was used as a stopping point to rest on their pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, but is now also renown as a meditation retreat. The grounds are surround by forest and the temples are much more muted in their decorations compared to other Thai temples
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 April 2024
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Mana I
Finland11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Business
Originally intended as a mere rest stop for weary travelers on their pilgrimage, the temple has since evolved into a sanctuary of spiritual solace and reflection. Nestled amidst lush forest surroundings, the grounds exude a sense of serenity and tranquility—an oasis of calm amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Written 30 April 2024
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This temple is said to have been built where an elephant is said to have collapsed while being ridden by King Kuena, who was transporting Buddha relics to Doi Suthep. Originally, the temple was used as a stopping point to rest on their pilgrimage to Doi Suthep, but is now also renown as a meditation retreat. The grounds are surround by forest and the temples are much more muted in their decorations compared to other Thai temples
Written 22 April 2024
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ErkiBear
London, UK388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful forest temple which was very tranquil and relaxed. Lots of smaller temple buildings to explore and views of Chiang Mai from the river. Worth a stop on the way to the much busier Doi Suthep.
Written 15 April 2024
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PaweenKl
Bangkok, Thailand147 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful scenery with peaceful atmosphere. Many things to see here including a short trek with a small stream, view of the city and the temple itself. Worth a stop on the way to Doi Suthep.
Written 27 February 2024
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ClunkNebbermorth
Cardiff, UK473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful temple complex in the forest on a hillside. Very peaceful too and not too crowded. 10 mins or so outside the city, and a sensible stop on the way to Doi Suthep if you are going.
Written 18 January 2024
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st3st
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Fun hike with great opportunity for pictures. Highly recommend if there is time. Getting busier with other people but it is worth it. 1.5 hours round trip and a little steep at the top.
Written 7 January 2024
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CriticalLis
Bournemouth, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
A beautiful old way on the side of the hillside with a waterfall running through it. So cal and peaceful.
Look out for the orb weaver spiders - there’s loads of them in the bushes and over the stream and waterfall - many of them are huge!
Written 3 January 2024
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NAF22
Lisbon, Portugal215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Clearly you find dozens of Wats in CM. One at each corner almost literally.
This one stays in the hills, 30’ by taxi from city center and is different from all the others in the city due to the nature context.
We loved everything about it.., it has a mystic context of ruins and preserved areas… buildings, rocks and nature… seems immersed in the jungle… water running around in small cascades and channels…
Beautiful context!
It is possible to reach by trail and some people do it. We got one of those red truck taxis… and paid 1200 bahts round trip, including a stop/visit also at the Doi Suthep temple (more 20-30’ ride up the hill)
My advice would be to start your CM visit by these 2 temples… and leave city center for later.
Written 27 December 2023
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mlmdaisy
Odessa, FL18,831 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I really enjoyed seeing the older temples and this was one of my favorites. It's well worth your time if you're staying in Chiang Mai.
Written 23 December 2023
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riolola
Finland43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Much recommended if you’ve seen enough golden temples or need a break from the city hassle. Although on a Tuesday afternoon there were more people we expected so it wasn’t exactly a tranquil experience but very beautiful still and likely calmer than many other temple sites. A map of the area would have been nice as it wasn’t clear if each small path should be followed to cover the whole area.

We took a random songthaew from Old Town up the hill and back. The private return trip cost 500/2 persons so it was not the cheapest option but on a hot day we didn’t feel like hiking or searching for a shared ride. Our driver waited for us an hour at the parking lot, but if you need more time I’m sure that can be negotiated. An hour was ok for us to look around and take pictures but for a slow enjoyment or meditative experience, reserve more time.
Written 12 December 2023
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