Spiritual Destinations

 Explore the famous spiritual destinations of Thailand

spiritual destinations

 Explore the famous spiritual destinations of Thailand

A Celebration of diverse beliefs

From shrines to temples and even natural landscapes, there are many places that are regarded as holy in the Land of Smiles. Locals frequent for religious purposes while many tourists visit for the photo opportunity.

Here are the best spiritual places to see in Thailand:

Famous spiritual destinations

Tiger Cave Temple, Krabi

The Tiger Cave Temple is a Buddhist temple north-northeast of Krabi, Thailand. A sacred site, it is known for the tiger paw prints in the cave, tall Buddha statues and the strenuous flight of stairs to reach the summit.

The temple has one stairway with 1,237 steps leading to the summit. Some of the stair risers are more than a foot (30 cm) high. The top of the stairs is 278 meters’ elevation. Elsewhere on the compound, 184 steps lead to the foothills area where monks live in the caves.

Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok, also known as  the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is Bangkok’s oldest and largest temple complex

As far as sights go in Bangkok, one of the most important is Wat Pho. The temple complex is one of the oldest and largest in the city and is worth including in any first-time visit to Bangkok.

To make it easy for the time-strapped, it’s right next to the Grand Palace – one of Bangkok’s other main heritage attractions.

Why not combine the two? Or, even better, why not just choose one and go to the pub for the afternoon?

Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai

The perfect Chiang Mai Day trip Destination! Visit Thailand’s highest mountain.

Visiting Doi Inthanon ‘The rooftop of Thailand’ in Chiang Mai will redefine beauty.

Doi Inthanon rises to a height of 2565 meters (8, 415 feet) above sea level. This altitude means that temperatures on Doi Inthanon are refreshingly brisk year round and regularly dip below freezing during the cool season (October to February).

The national park which contains Doi Inthanon and bears its name covers 482 square km (186 square miles) and contains Sanpatong District, Chomthong District, Mae Chaem District, Mae Wang District, and the Toi Lor Sub-district of Chiang Mai Province.

Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

The Wat Phra That Temple is one of the must-sees when you visit Chiang Mai (you will visit this temple during the course). Overlooking Chiang Mai city from its mountain throne, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of northern Thailand’s most sacred temples.

The wát is a beautiful example of northern Thai architecture, reached via a 306-step staircase flanked by naga (serpents); the climb is intended to help devotees accrue Buddhist merit.

The holy temple of Wat Phra That is located near the top of Mount Doi Suthep. Built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383 it is still a working monastery today. Funds raised by donations and the lift fee go to support the monks living there and for maintenance of the various temple buildings. The architecture, statues, murals and shrines seen here are nothing short of breathtaking.

On reaching the top you are greeted with the sight of the golden spire which decorates the centre of the mountain top temple. The walls around the spire form a mini enclave and are richly decorated with historical murals and shrines. Here you find a beautiful copy of the Emerald Buddha statue on display. The real Emerald Buddha statue is now in Bangkok.

Truly one of the most amazing and holy temples in Thailand.

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, known as ‘The White Temple’, is a unique temple that stands out through the white colour and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white colour signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolises the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

Every detail of the temple structures as the bridge of “the cycle of rebirth” and the “Gate of Heaven” carries meaning and encourages the visitor to reflect on the Buddhist teachings that show the way to escape from the worldly temptations, desires and greed and focus on the mind instead.

The hands of ‘The White Temple’.
Just before the bridge crossing over to the temple, you’ll find hands reaching up from the ground, some holding skulls. The hands symbolise those things that distract people from the path to Heaven, while the skulls represent those who have faltered on their path by succumbing to such evils.

Truly the most beautiful temple you will ever see.