What is a wat? When is the best time to visit Thailand and its famous temples? Which ones should i visit? Read on for the answers to these questions. Thailand is known as the land of white elephants and is also famous for its many temples or ‘wats’ as they are known there. There are more than thirty thousand Buddhist wats in the country. Each wat has wonderful architecture and are places steeped in spirituality. A visit to Thailand without visiting temples is an incomplete visit. You can visit Thailand any time of the year but the best time to visit Thailand whether it is for just visiting temples, or visiting its beaches and other attractions, is November to March.

November to March is the best time to visit Thailand because of the weather. During these months the weather hovers between 20 to 30 degrees C and is ideal for travelling. If you are in Thailand to visit temples then you should visit some or if possible all of the below mentioned temples for sure!

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Wat Phra Kaew

This temple is considered as the most sacred temple in all of Thailand. This temple is situated in the Grand Palace and the best part is that the Buddha statue has been carved from a single piece of jade. It dates back to the 15th century and is exceedingly beautiful. Legend has it that the statue which has its origins in India would bring enormous wealth and prosperity to the place that it is located in. Hence only the King is able to touch it and also change the statue’s cloak thrice a year.

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Wat Arun

Arun means Dawn and the temple is dedicated to it. The temple has been constructed to look like Mount Meru and is 79 meters high. It is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

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Wat Pho

This temple is very famous because it is the home of the Reclining Buddha. The statue of the reclining Buddha is 46 metres in length and all tourists head here to view this wonderful statue. Another attraction of Wat Pho is the massage school where you can get a real massage in the Thai tradition.

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

This is one of the famous temples located in Chiang Mai. There is a statue of Buddha standing which is believed to be from the 14th century. There is a tree here which is considered to be very sacred and it is believed that if the tree falls then there would be great disasters.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

A very sacred temple with great architecture, this temple is located in the Doi Suthep Mountain. Here you can see a replica of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.

Wat Buppharam

Wat Buppharam

This is also known as the Sunset Temple. This temple is very beautiful and you can find that the architecture imbibes both the Burmese as well as Lanna styles.

Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun

The temple is known as the White Temple. The White Temple gets its name because it has been made of white plaster and is dotted with glass. According to Buddhism white means purity and glass means wisdom which the Buddha taught us.

These temples should be on the itinerary of every visiting tourist Thailand!

Guest post by Jack Wood.

Well there’s quite a few quality temples to visit. How many of these have you been to? Which temple is your favourite from the above list? Leave your comments below!

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