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Wat Pha Lat

Wat Pha Lat

Wat Pha Lat is one of the most magical temples in Chiang Mai. That’s because unlike others, it’s nestled in the lush forests and you’ll have to take a short but rewarding hike to get there.

Unlike others found in the city centre, this one is surrounded by verdant greenery – which all adds to its mystique and charm.

Wat Pha Lat Temple, History, Opening Hours & Hike Trail, Chiang Mai

The temple is built on top of a rock and if you blink you might miss it. Its location in the forest makes it as tranquil as it gets, and there are no tourists, food stalls, or tuk-tuks in sight. Instead, you’ll find beautiful plants, monks, Buddha statues, and even butterflies.

It may seem abandoned, but it’s not. Many people used to come here to rest on their way up to the pilgrimage to the famous Doi Suthep temple, but eventually, it was used as a meditation retreat, as well as monks’ residence.

The temple is shrouded in mystery and peacefulness; it’s hard not to be captivated by its grandeur. It’s definitely worth visiting even if you’ve already seen the rest of Chiang Mai’s temples because its location makes it truly special.

The trek to get to Wat Pha Lat Chiang Mai is fairly easy, and you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to do so. It will take around 40 minutes, but the hike can be a little tougher if the weather is hot, so don’t forget to bring water and mosquito repellent. Pack a sarong or scarf to cover you up as you enter the temple to show respect.

One of the most astounding aspects of the temple is how nature has intertwined with the temple. Parts of the jungle such as vines and roots from old trees creep up on various areas throughout the temple, and it’s hard not to feel the harmonious ambience of nature and religion in the area.

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