Gallery: Temples to visit in Bangkok & Chiang Mai, Thailand

If you’re planning to visit Thailand soon, make sure to stop by the temples! Besides the Southeast Asian country’s stunning beaches, its ornate temples and lavish royal palaces are a must-visit. Although you’d have to brave through thick crowds to explore them, especially in Bangkok, seeing the towering structures decked out with intricate, glitzy details are worth the hassle (we promise!). Below are just some of the photos of temples worth visiting.

Bangkok: Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho

Grand Palace

Grand Palace served as the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. The complex is home to gold and glittering temples that are not only Instagram-worthy but are a sight to behold in real life too. You’d have to shell out a 500 baht entrance fee here and strictly follow the dress code: no sleeveless tops and shorts for both men and women.

Wat Pho

Wat Pho is where you’ll find the huge reclining buddha. This is cheaper to visit than Grand Palace as the entrance fee only costs 100 baht, and the temple is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. This is also where you can enjoy the traditional Thai massage via the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School.

Chiang Mai: Wat Lok Molee, Wat Chiang Man, and Wat Rachamontian

Unlike in Bangkok, the temples in Chiang Mai feature a more ancient design. You’ll see less of the glittering embellishments here, but the structures’ beauty still lie in the intricate details.

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