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Facts about Monkey Temple in Chiang Rai - A Fascinating and Iconic Attraction

The Monkey Temple is one of Chiang Rai’s most popular attractions. This article provides some information which will interest those who are planning to visit the site.


The name

The name of the temple is quite fascinating for sure. Needless to say, it has been given to the temple because of the large number of monkeys that live within its territories. The temple is also known as Wat Thampla.



The beautiful Monkey Temple is located in very close proximity to the Golden Triangle, which is a prominent attraction in the region. You will be able to easily access the temple as you stay at centrally located Chiang Saen hotels. You can have tours to the temple arranged through the hotel that you are staying at too. Places like Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort generally arrange tours for guests to the prominent attractions in the region.

In order to reach the temple, you will have to take an hour’s drive from Chiang Rai. The incredible beauty of the area will surely make this drive quite enchanting!

You can get in touch with a leading tour operator in the region if you want to have a tour arranged to this remarkable temple. There are plenty of great tour operators in Chiang Rai that you can get in touch with. You can find all the information about these service providers online.


The monkeys

As mentioned earlier, the Monkey Temple is home to large numbers of macaque monkeys. They are quite tame and harmless, but visitors should surely keep their distance. The monkeys are wild animals and although they are used to humans, they still can get quite aggressive. Children especially should be under close supervision when visiting the temple. There are signs in the temple advising visitors to beware of the monkeys too! Feeding the monkeys and engaging with them in any way is deemed rather unwise! But of course, you will be able to take lots of great pictures of these small photogenic beauties!


The stairways and caves

Like many other temples in the region, the Monkey Temple also has a large number of stairs as well as beautiful caves. So come prepared to enjoy a great exploratory tour! To Tham Pla Cave at the temple can be accessed after ascending a flight of 300 steps! Once you climb the stairs, you will have to pass through a narrow gorge as well. Inside the cave, you will find a charming Buddhist shrine.


What to wear

Be sure to come clad in comfortable clothes and shoes as you will be on your feet for the greater part of the day when you visit the temple. You should wear comfortable shoes in order to enjoy ease while ascending the flights of stairs here. Keep in mind that this is a place of worship so try to dress modestly too. You can wear hats as well to protect your head from the harsh rays of the sun while visiting the temple.