The compact nature of Chiang Mai results in their being a temple of some kind behind every corner. In addition to Wat Phra Sing and Wat Chedi Luang, I visited (sometimes stumbled into) eight other temples in Chiang Mai. And that isn’t all of them folks, there are more.
Photo Diary: The Random Temples of Chiang Mai
Wat Puak Hong
The first one I came across was Wat Puak Hong. There was an incredibly jovial and friendly monk sitting outside of the temple greeting all visitors. We had a lovely conversation about Toronto and he gave me a fruit cake.
Wat Phan Tao
Wat Phan Tao had a fascinating wooden temple and an outdoor courtyard where the preparations for Makha Bucha Day were under way. I visited the temple at night again to see what the celebration would look like.
Wat Pan Ping
Wat Pan Ping is a small temple with a large and ornate wat, which I came across on my second day in Chiang Mai.
Wat Umong Mahathera Chan
Another small wooden temple, with ancient stupas and a water well where women could not enter. I have no idea why as there was no one around to ask, but it was interesting to see that.
Wat Phan On
Has a stately chedi, is fringed by gilded Buddhas, but I found the details of the wat the most fascinating.