Temples of  Thailand - a photographic journey

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Temples in Central Thailand

Nakhon Sawan Province

Wat Wachirakanlaya

Wat Nong Tha Nguu

Wat Woranat Banphot

Wat Kiri Wong

Wat Khao Nor

Wat Chom Khiri Nak Phrot

Wat Nakhon Sawan

Wat Kriang Krai Klang

Wat Si Sawan Sangkharam

Wat Tham Bo Ya

Wat Bang Pramung

Wat Bang Mafo

Uthai Thani Province

Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri

Wat Khao Sakae Krang

Wat Mani Sathit Kapittharam

Wat Ubosatharam (Wat Bot)

Wat Thammakhosok

Wat Chaeng

Wat Hua Muang

Wat Tham Khao Khong Chai

Wat Tha Sung

Wat Phichai Buranaram

Wat Mai Chantaram

Chainat Province

Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao

Wat Phra Boromathat

Wat Mahathat

Wat Phayaphraek

Wat Phra Kaeo

Wat Karuna

Wat Khao Phlong

Wat Thammamun Worawihan

Wat Pichainawat/Wat Ban Chien (Hanka)

Wat Klai Kang Won (Hanka)

Phichit Province

Wat Huay Khen (Bang Munnak)

Wat Thewa Prasat

Wat Khao Rup Chang

Wat Pho Prathab Chang

Wat Nakhon Chum

Wat Mahathat

Wat Rong Chang

Wat Tha Luang

Wat Hiranyaram (Wat Bang Khlan)

Singburi Province

Wat Phra Non Chaksi

Wat Phikun Thong

Wat Na Phrathat

Wat Sawang Arom

Wat Sing Sutthawat

Wat Pho Kao Ton (Khai Bang Rachan)

Wat Phra Kaeo (Khai Bang Rachan)

Wat Pracho Tikaram

Wat Muang (Inburi)

Phitsanulok Province

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Wat Nang Phya

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Chedi Yod Thong

Wat Aranyik

Wat Chulamani

Wat Hua Rong (Nakhon Thai)

Wat Klang Sri Phutararam (Nakhon Thai)

Wat Na Phra That (Nakhon Thai)

Nonthaburi Province

Wat Salak Dtai

Wat Chaloem Phrakhiat 

Wat Sautong Hin

Wat Ratphrakong Tham

Wat Prang Luang

Wat Sanam Nuea

Wat Phai Lom

Wat Paramai Yikatwat

Wat Chimphi Sutthawat

Wat Pa Lelai

Wat Klang Kret

Wat Khong Kha

Wat Khema Phirataram

Saraburi Province

Wat Sala Daeng

Wat Phayao (Saothai)

Wat Phra Buddhachai

Wat Phra Buddhabat

Wat Thep Pithak Punnaram

Nakhon Pathom Province

Phra Pathom Chedi

Wat Phra Pratone Chedi

Phra Phuttamonthon

Wat Rai Khing

Wat Phai Lom

Wat Don Hway

Wat Thamma Sala

Wat Phanien Daek

Wat Rai Daeng Thong

Wat Sawang Chat Ratcha Bumrung

Wat Mai Sukhontharam (Nakhon Chaisi)

Suphanburi Province

Wat Phai Rong Wua

Wat Pa Lelai Worawihan

Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat

Wat Patu San

Wat Phra Rup

Wat Prow

Wat Ban Krang

Wat Lad Singh

Wat Don Chedi

Wat Phra Si Sanphetchayaram (Uthong)

Wat Khao Di Salak (Uthong)

Wat Khao Khamphaeng (Uthong)

Angthong Province

Wat Chantarangsi

Wat Tha Sutthawat

Wat Sa Kaeo

Wat Phinid Thammasan

Wat Pa Mok Worawihan

Wat Khun Inthapramun

Wat Ton Son

Wat Ang Thong Worawihan

Wat Chaiyo Worawihan

Wat Thanon (Pa Mok)

Wat Prasat (Pa Mok)

Wat Podiwong

Wat Tha It (Pho Thong)

Wat Chulamani (Pho Thong)

Wat Khian (Wiset Chai Chan)

Wat Wiset Chai Chan (Wiset Chai Chan)

Wat Banpran (Sawangha)

Samut Songkhram Province

Wat Bang Khae Yai

Wat Bom Kaeo

Wat Phet Samut Worawihan

Wat Sathatham

Wat Chong Lom

Wat Bang Ka Pom

Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong

Wat Bang Khae Noi

Wat Intharam

Wat Mueang Mai

Wat Amphawan Chediyaram

Wat Charoen Sukaram Worawihan

Wat Chula Mani

Samut Sakhon Province

Wat Lang San Prasit

Wat Chong Lom

Wat Yai Chom Prasat

Wat Pa Chai Rangsi

Wat Sri Mueang

Wat Ketmakee Sri Wararam

Wat Khokkham

Wat Chetsadaram

Wat Khrok Khrak

Wat Lak Si Rat Samosorn

Wat Nang Sao

Lopburi Province

Wat Yang Na Rangsi

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

Wat Saotongthong

Wat Sirichannimitr Worawiharn

Wat Phra Baht Nam Phu

Wat Mani Chonlakhan

Wat Lai 

Pathum Thani Province

Wat Bang Kadi

Wat Makham 

Wat Hong Pathummaward

Wat Chedi Thong

Wat Gai Duai 

Wat Sing

Wat Phai Lom

 

Central Thailand image

Central Thailand is a huge area, which is often ignored by travellers. One of the reasons might be that it is not covered in many of the guide books, except for the major sights, of course.  This might be a blessing on one side because the area has not changed too much by tourism or the (negative)  influence of the west. However, it proves to be a major undertaking to plan a trip here. While the books offer almost nothing, there is a lot covered on the internet, both in English and Thai language. 

 

The reason why we spent much time here, is that this web site is named after someone from the central provinces who has accompanied  us on all our early trips through Thailand. That and the car we had available, allowed us a lot of flexibility. If we didn't find a temple we searched for, we simply visited the next one down the road. 

 

Nakhon Sawan is known for the Chao Pho-Chao Pak Nam Pho Procession Festival, held during the Chinese New Year. Research on this festival from overseas was an absolute disaster, as no information was available. Unfortunately even the Thai Tourism Authority has not found it necessary to answer my emails as to when exactly this festival happens. Even weeks before the festival their own web site listed the dates from last year and made planning almost impossible. Otherwise Nakhon Sawan is a beautiful province. Bueng Boraphet, the largest freshwater swamp in Thailand and Mae Wong National Park are just two examples. 

 

The street signs including signs for important temples in Chainat province was the most confusing we ever dealt with. Getting help from the locals proved as confusing, as we were pointed into opposite directions by people just 100 meters apart from each other. The street signs of Phichit Province on the other hand were excellent. Uthaithani province was the most impressive because of it's wide variety of things to see -  temples, nature, house boats, rain forest, wild animals etc.

 

I met with local monks nearly everywhere we went. They were always interested talking to a 'farang' (westerner) since there aren't that many travelling around in the remote areas. Very often the conversation opened the doors to the otherwise locked temple buildings.  Some of the temples we visited, didn't even seem to have anyone there. Except for the dogs of course, who seem to be everywhere. They made it sometimes impossible to visit the temple. In a few cases I got help from a local monk who then chased them away. Wat Tham Bo Ya in Nakhon Sawan province with it's beautiful caves was such an example. It took me three attempts to enter the larger cave and only with the help of an older monk did I finally make it to the huge Buddha statue inside. 

 

Suphanburi and Angthong Provinces provided us with so many temples to visit that it became almost a marathon for us. With those two provinces a new era had started for us and we took the merit making more seriously. Naturally it also took far more time for us to visit a single temple. Nevertheless we managed to visit close to 40 new temples during the rainy season of 2004. Sometimes we had to wait inside the temple for the rain to stop, which provided us with great opportunities to engage into conversations with monks or the abbot of some temples.

 

Two of the coastal provinces, which we had only driven through before on the way south, were finally visited. In Samut Songkhram we visited several temples and Don Hoi Lot Park, which is known for it's excellent seafood. We passed through this province on the way to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, which actually lies in Ratchaburi Province. This market we feature on our separate password restricted web site. Samut Sakhon also had to offer some ancient temples as well as Mahachai Market, which is Thailand's largest traditional fresh seafood market.

With Wat Rai King in Nakhon Pathom Province we visted an important Buddha image and temple in 2004 and did our second visit to Phra Phuttamonthon.

 

In 2005 we finally visited Lopburi with it's many Khmer monuments and many important temples, like Wat Lai and Wat Phra Baht Nam Phu, also known as the AIDS temple, which does a lot of project work and acts as a hospice for AIDS patients.  

 

Also in 2005 during the rainy season we did a day trip to Pathumthani but all the temples here were closed. Not sure what the monks here did but we didn't see a single monk all day. And, for the fifth time we went back to Ayutthaya, re-visiting some of the ruined temples in the old capital as well as some new temples outside the city in the district of Sena. 

 

In 2006 we chose Phitsanulok as our location to go to the neighbouring provinces of Sukhothai, Uttradit and Phetchabun with very exciting temples. We were normally either on the way up to the North or on the way back down and never had enough time for this important area, hence we felt that we had to stay here for several weeks to explore it in depth. 

 

Given that Ayutthaya had so much to see and equipped with a new camera gear, we did actually choose the old capital as a base in 2008. This allowed us to plan extensive day trips to the central temples, re-visiting many and re-taking images of important Buddha images and visiting many new ones. 

 

In 2008 we actually moved the provinces of Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok and Prachinburi to the eastern provinces page. Just in case you were missing them on here. 

 

Due to the political unrest and the closure of the international airport in November 2008 we got stuck in Thailand for an additional 11 days instead of being able to fly home. We used the time constructively and went to Ayutthaya where we visited over 40 additional temples and went back to several we had seen before. 

 

In May and June of 2009 we did some extensive tours through the provinces around Bangkok and visited several temples in Samut Songkhram and Samut Sakhon provinces. 

Phetchabun Province

Wat Triphum

Wat Mahathat

Phra Boromathat Chedi (Khao Kho)

Wat Sri Maha Mongkon (Lom Kao)

Uttaradit Province

Wat Phra Fang (Phachuk)

Wat Tay Talat

Wat Thamma Thipatai

Wat Tha Tanon

Wat Phra Borom That Tung Yang

Wat Phra Yuen Phutthabat Yukhon

Wat Phra Thaen Sila At

Wat Chedi Khiri Viharn

Wat Thong Laplae

Wat Don Sak

Samut Prakan Province

Wat Bang Fai (Phra Pradaeng)

Wat Bang Hua Suea (Phra Pradaeng)

Wat Klang Worawihan

Wat Asokaram

Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai (Bang Phli)

Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang (Bang Phli)

Wat Songdham Worawihan (Phra Pradaeng)

Wat Prot Ket Chettharam (Phra Phradaeng)

Wat Phai Chayon Polsep

Ayutthaya Province

Ayutthaya Ancient Civilization

Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phraram

Wat Yai Chaiyamongkhan

Wat Chaiwatthanaram

Wat Na Phra Men

Wat Phra Mongkhonbophit

Wat Ratchaburana

Wat Mahathat

Wat Kasatratiraj Worawiharn

Wat Phu Khao Thong

Wat Phananchoeng Worawiharn

Wat Suwandararam Worawiharn

Chedi Si Suriyothai

Wat Ban Daeng

Wat Phikun Sokhan

Wat Phra Khao

Wat Worachet

Wat Phichai Songkram

Wat Samanakotaram

Wat Maheyong

Wat Kudi Dao

Wat Khun Saen

Wat Sam Wihan

Wat Mae Nang Pluem

Wat Thammikkarat

Wat Senasanaram Rajaworawihan

Wat Phutthai Sawan

Wat Klang Khlong Sra Bua

Wat Si Pho

Wat Kluay

Wat Ko Kaeo

Wat Song Kuson 

Wat Pa Kho

Wat Khok Muang

Wat Phlapphla Chai

Wat Ratcha Pradit Sathan

Wat Suwandawat

Wat Wong Khong

Wat Kuti Thong

Wat Mai Pak Khlong Sa Bua

Wat Hasdawas

Wat Khok Phraya

Wat Mai Chai Vichit

Wat Choeng Tha

Wat Wora Pho

Wat Wora Chetharam

Wat Ket

Wat Phong

Wat Lanka

Wat Boroma Phuttaram

Wat Som

Wat Chao Phram

Wat Chedi Yai

Wat Luang Chikrut

Wat Wang Chai

Wat Ubosot

Wat Khun Phrom

Wat Ayothaya

Wat Bot Ratcha Decha

Wat Dusitdaram

Wat Chakrawat

Wat Pradu Song Tham

Wat Nang Kham

Wat Luang Phor Khao

Wat Phra Yatikaram

Wat Chumphon Nikayaram Worawihan (Bang Pa-In)

Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Rajaworawihan (Bang Pa-In)

Wat Prot Sat (Bang Pa-In)

Prasat Nakhon Luang (Nakhon Luang)

Wat Mai Chumphon (Nakhon Luang)

Ubosot MCU (Wang Noi)

Sukhothai Province

Wat Thung Saliem (Tung Saliem)

Wat Phipat Mongkhon (Thung Saliem)

Wat Mhuang Na (Tung Saliem)

Wat Khao Kaeo Chai Mongkhon (Thung Saliem)

Sukhothai Ancient City

Wat Chana Songkram

Wat Mahathat

Wat Si Sawai

Wat Traphang Ngoen

Wat Sra Si

Wat Sorasak

Wat Traphang Thong

Wat Saphan Hin

Wat Sri Chum

Wat Phra Phai Luang

Wat Mai

Wat Traphang Pan

Wat Tra Kuan

Wat Son Khao

Si Satchanalai Ancient City
Wat Chang Lom

Wat Chedi Chet Theo

Wat Suan Kaeo Utthayan Yai

Wat Nang Phaya

Wat Khao Phanom Ploeng

Wat Khao Kuwan Khiri
Wat Chom Chuan

Wat Phra Si Rathanamahathat

Kamphaeng Phet Province

Kamphaeng Phet Ancient City

Wat Phra Borommathat Chetiyaram

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra That

Wat Sawang Arom

Wat Phra Non

Wat Phra Si Ariyabot/Wat Phra Yuen

Wat Sing

Wat Chang Rop

Wat Thepmolee

Wat Bang

Wat Phikun

Wat Nong Lanka

 

 

 

 

 

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