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Lesser Known Temples in Thailand you Should Visit – Discover Hidden Secrets

Thailand is a land of a thousand temples; some extremely famous iconic attractions. But delve deeper into the culture and you will stumble upon lesser known marvels that are well worth the visit.


Kamphaeng Phet

Kamphaeng Phet

Meneerke bloem , Kamphaeng Phet15, CC BY-SA 3.0

The gorgeous historical site of Kamphaeng Phet is located on the banks of the picturesque Ping River.

The place was once part of the ancient Sukhothai Kingdom and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. Sukhothai was once part of the Ancient Siam way back in the 13th century.

If you are visiting the place remember that it takes several days to cover all the sites. Must visit locations include Wat Phra Si Iriyabot as well as the Wat Phra Kaeo which was once a royal palace that is located in the middle of the town.

Definitely, a treat to explore this may not be a part of the most visited places in the world but is sure to awe and inspire like many of the listings on Well Known Places.


Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun

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Located in the northern city of Chiang Rai this marvellous piece of architecture may not have an ancient past but it certainly is a testimony to the marvels of design.

Better known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is a fine amalgamation of modern skills and traditional Thai architecture.

Construction of the temple commenced in 1997 and is still ongoing since the 2014 Mae Lao earthquake that caused much damage to the structure.

Still, Wat Rong Khun with its walls embedded with dozens of twinkling mirrors draws hundreds of visitors annually.


Phra Pathommachedi

Phra Pathommachedi

Kittipong khunnen, Phra Pathom Chedi 03, CC BY-SA 3.0

This is the country's tallest chedi which stands at an impressive height of 122 metres.

It was at one time thought to be the tallest in the world until it was proven that Sri Lanka's Jethavanaramaya is taller by 2 metres.

Phra Pathommachedi is located in Nakhon Pathom and is a saffron coloured marvel punctuating the skyline. 🏤


Phraya Nakhon Cave

Phraya Nakhon Cave

Niels Mickers ,Phraya Nakhon Cave, CC BY 3.0 NL

If you are planning on visiting the stunning beach town of Hua Hin do add this marvellous temple to your list of must-see sights.

The Phraya Nakhon Cave is located within the Khao Sam Roi National Park which is home to the stunning cave within which is the Kuha Karuhas Pavilion which was built in celebration of King Chulalongkorn's first visit to the park in 1980.

The place reminds you of an enchanted world of magic and mystery; well worth a visit.


Wat Muang

Wat Muang

Golden Buddha statue at Ang Thong, Photo via Maxpixel , CC0 Public Domain

If you want to see the 'Great Buddha of Thailand' pay a visit to the Wat Muang Monastery.

The place is located in the province of Ang Thong and proudly displays what is known as the _tallest free standing Buddha statue in the worl_d; its height is a 92 metres.

The monastery has a fascinating collection of temples for various types of offerings while peculiar depictions of Thai folklore are sure to beguile you. Ang Thong, by the way, is just 2 hours from Bangkok.