Wat Pan Tao, Chiang Mai

Built in the 14th century, the small monastic temple of Wat Pan Tao serves the royal temple next door. Upon entry, look for the gilded wood carving over the main door depicting animals. Farther in, take time to admire the carved teak "wiharn," a chapel for people to pray in and a former royal residence. This structure features interesting items like a dhamma casket with Buddhist scriptures and a gilded stand. Using our world travel planner, Chiang Mai attractions like Wat Pan Tao can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create an itinerary including Wat Pan Tao
map
Wat Pan Tao Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
573 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Located in the Centre of the city. Surrounded do other many temples. During our visit, there were working children monks in the inning, putting the pavement. The temple is very nice when it comes of a temple of Thai more with its teak wood. Recommended his visit and hopefully you can attend a prayer with the monks.
    View original
  • The main buildings of the monastery built with teak wood and the most unique is the building without nails. Lying there next to the chedi luang. There is no entrance fee, but can the voluntary donation in your funds.
    View original
  • We were lucky to go in front of the temple just as the monks were reciting mantras in the afternoon, nice place.
    View original
Google
  • There are many temples in the whole of Chiang Mai old city. Walking one entire stretch of road, you can easily cover 4-5 temples. This temple probably looks one of the oldest, given how it's made of dark brown wood, and has a garden-like decoration at the back. The full golden tomb at the back is definitely a sight not to be missed.
  • I stumbled upon this temple while visiting Chiang-Mai on a evening after dinner stroll. The temple grounds were decorated for the upcoming new years celebration and I was in luck for it was amazingly beautiful. The trees were adorned with glittering lights. A truly amazing accidental find!
  • Like many other Thai temples in the heart of Chiang Mai old city, this is a lovely sight with its old looking wooden structure in front, and the golden tomb at the back. I'll suggest you group the various temples all together, and walk from one end of the street to the other, like we did, and you can easily see 4-5 temples at once.
  • So lovely! Small, quiet, peaceful, and so old. The monks are very polite and welcoming. This was the least intimidating temple because it's so dark and humble.
  • Split off from Wat Chedi Luang, this is the oldest wooden Viharn in Chiang Mai. Opens a bit later than other temples in the city as the monks first have to clean the floor from excrements that the bats living under the ceiling drop on the floor.

Plan your trip to Chiang Mai

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Chiang Mai

While visiting Chiang Mai, keep in mind that the old town district and the area surrounding the famous night market offer both boutique (relatively expensive) and backpacker (relatively inexpensive) options. The riverside neighborhoods boast exclusive hotels and resorts, where comparatively pricey rooms come with good views and extensive facilities.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Chiang Mai by other users

9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM ITALY April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Thailand, Cambodia & Male BY A USER FROM MEXICO October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM THAILAND April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 22 days in Thailand & Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United States, Europe, Middle East & Asia BY A USER FROM MEXICO January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 34 days in Asia BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 33 days in Asia BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM POLAND April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans