The beautiful temples of Thailand

Thailand,
03/May/2018

It is no secret that Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and its popularity amongst western visitors – and the younger generation in particular - has skyrocketed in recent years.

Wat Arun

Image Above: Wat Arun, Bangkok

It is no secret that Thailand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and its popularity amongst western visitors – and the younger generation in particular - has skyrocketed in recent years.

One of the reasons for the Southeast Asian nation’s rising stock as one of the most commonly cited ‘bucket list’ destinations is the extraordinary architecture of its numerous ancient temples. At the last count, it was estimated that there is an incredible total of over 40,000 Buddhist temples to be explored in Thailand, with each one having its own unique history and appeal.

Whilst we do not have the space to go through the benefits of visiting each one of these amazing sites, we are pleased to have received some advice about which ones you should definitely make time to spend a day at when you arrive in the ‘land of smiles’, as recommended by two of the world’s leading travel bloggers. Read on to find out what they have to say.

Breathing Travel

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Image Above: Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Province

Breathing Travel is run by Carolin, a blogger who has been traveling all over the world for around 10 years. She has some wonderful stories to tell about her long-term travel adventures through Southeast Asia, Australia and Europe. Her blog is also a valuable source for anyone looking to become a digital nomad, as she writes about finding jobs online, productivity hacks, nomad hotspots and co-working spaces. She is also an avid house sitter and loves surfing and photography. Here’s what Carolin had to say about her favourite Thai temples, and what else can be enjoyed nearby during a day’s exploration:

‘Thailand is an incredible country to visit. From the mountainous and culture-infused north to the paradise beaches in the south, you will surely find a favourite spot that calls your name.

‘My favourite place is Chiang Mai, the second biggest city of Thailand located in the north of the country and surrounded by beautiful nature, mountains, waterfalls and so much more that even two weeks is not enough to see it all. When visiting Chiang Mai you surely have to visit the Old City which lies within the old city gates and moat. Here’s where many famous sights and sounds can be experienced, from markets and cute cafés to temple hopping.

Wat Chedi Luang

Image Above: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

‘Make sure to visit Wat Chedi Luang, which is one of Chiang Mai’s most visited temples and features a massive pagoda. Wat Phan Tao and the beautiful Wat Phra Sing are also worth a visit.

‘If you have time in the afternoon, I highly recommend making a trip to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the sacred temple on the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai. A stunning location for those sunset shots! If you make your way up here around that time you’ll also be able to experience the Buddhist monks chanting. It’s easy to ride here by scooter or take a shared Song-Thaew from the city centre.’

If you have been inspired by Carolin’s adventures and want to keep up with where she will be off to next, be sure to check out her Instagram.

Jones Around the World

Wat Tham Sua

Image Above: Wat Tham Sua

Another seasoned traveller who knows plenty about the beauty of Thailand is Dave, a travel blogger who is more widely known by his alias of Jones. Dave’s site, Jones Around the World, chronicles his adventures to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, whilst also providing his readers with a wide variety of useful travel guides and tips.

Dave has plenty to say about the numerous delights that Thailand has to offer to its visitors, including a very special temple which it’s fair to say is a little more serene than the vibrant buzz of the capital, Bangkok. Here are his top tips for making the most of this stunning corner of the world:

‘When most people head down to the Krabi area of Thailand, they spend their days island hopping, snorkelling, and partying it up in the vibrant nightlife town of Ao Nang or hedonistic paradise of Koh Phi Phi. 

‘While all of this is essential to your visit as well, I'd strongly recommend checking out the Tiger Cave Temple when visiting Krabi. While the temple itself is worth the visit, the highlight is walking up the 1,237 steps to the top for absolutely stunning views of the entire region! Just make sure you bring some water, because it can be extremely tiring. 

‘My top tip would be to go early on in the day (before it gets too hot), because you can beat the crowd, and have a much more calming experience while admiring the panoramic view at the top. Oh, and one last thing - beware of the monkeys when you're climbing up! They can be quite a nuisance, and the last thing you want is something to happen to your stuff or to get bitten!’

Wat Chedi Liam

Image Above: Wat Chedi Liam, Chiang Mai

It may be hard to believe that such an exotic land can be reached without even boarding a plane, but this is exactly what some of the many cruises departing from Southampton will allow you to do. Why not browse through the amazing Thailand cruise deals available today and look forward to discovering this enchanting region for yourself?

Image Credits: Thangaraj Kumaravel, Adam Jones, Maxim B., Kallerna, Mathew Schwartz