Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Chiang Rai

(4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Regarded as the most important of all Buddhist temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) annually draws tens of thousands of tourists from all over the globe. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this sanctuary and admire its outstanding architecture and golden sculptures. The temple houses a notable 14th-century statuette called the "Emerald Buddha," a 66 cm (26 in) tall artwork carved from jade. Dress respectfully when visiting this sacred place, making sure your legs, arms, and torso remain covered at all times. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) by using our Chiang Rai itinerary builder.
Create a full Chiang Rai itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Chiang Rai

  • 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.

Plans in Chiang Rai by other users

18 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM FRANCE November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM ISRAEL April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 40 days in Asia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 26 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM IRELAND December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Chiang Rai BY A USER FROM PHILIPPINES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Chiang Rai, Bangkok & Ko Pha Ngan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son Province & Chiang Rai BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Thailand & Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 58 days in Thailand BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The figurine is already quite some years in Bangkok and the largest temple on this complex is currently in the argument.
    View original
  • We followed our Lonely Planet book and we stopped in this temple in the quiet. It is not impressive from the outside. You still have to take a look.
    View original
  • Stunning, amazing, overwhelming and any qualifying finished in Suede is applicable to this space that should be must-see. We recommend going early because there are millions of people visiting it and also passed many controls, eye will not leave you pass if you do not meet the obligations in proper attire as you know: long pants and shirt correctly, and the girls ankles and shoulders covered... .. .cuidado guards has a nasty important Assembly in general is beautiful and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha a last
    View original
Google
  • Fun place to explore. We learned that the original Emerald Buddha in Bangkok's Royal Palace was originally from here. Be sure to take your shoes off and gaze inside the temple.
  • If you want a quiet hour or two away from the "hussle and bussle" of the day this is the place. Beautifully maintained, educational, tranquil.
  • Has a great museum converted from one of the older halls. Explains a lot about buddhist art and other artifacts from around the region and history. Worth the time to walk through and learn something
  • Very chill temple, beautiful and with lot of information about buddhism. Totally recommended.
  • Felt Peaceful and calmness visiting this temple. Missed the museum part.