Chiang Mai Day Trips – Wat-Pha-Lat

Chiang Mai Day Trips Wat-Pha-Lat

Off The Beaten Path: Chiang Mai

Wat-Pha-Lat – Temple in the Clouds

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A view of the city of Chiang Mai from this Buddha’s point of view. There are a number of prayer areas at the Wat Pha Lat temple. At the bottom of this trail next to these Buddhas are two prayer areas.

Wat-Pha-Lat is a Temple in the Clouds on a Mountain Overlooking Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Day Trips :

As a Travel Photographer one of my missions is to find places that are off the beaten track. This is one of the places that I hesitant to tell anyone about, but it’s my job to find these places. Beauty is everywhere in Chiang Mai, including the mountains about the city. There are many temples in Thailand, but this one is different, and it’s said to be over 500 years old. There’s new and old structures here, but the traditions are all.

Chiang Mai day trips : Wat-Pha-Lat Temple is only a short distance from popular temples in the mountains above Chaing Mai, and about an hours drive from Chiang Mai.  This temple is Off The Beaten Path and a place you want to see! Wat-Pha-Lat Temple is mystical place where you can find serenity, beauty, and old sacred artifacts.  Rich in culture with magnificent religious pieces of artistic symbolism. The buildings were made with religious carvings doors and figures. List this adventure as a to do Chiang Mai. 

Virtual Tour of Wat-Pha-Lat

Below is an ordered tour just like you were walking through the area from the parking lot, to the temple, to all the Buddhas, and the city over look.  On the day we toured the temple, we were the only tourists. It’s not far from Bhubing Palace, it’s one of those Off The Beaten Path kind of places. Our guide said not as many travelers come here, but it is a Chiang Mai day trip because its close to the city. A definite to do Chiang Mai.

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Grand entrance of Wat Pha Lat – Travel Thailand – Chiang Mai Temple in the Clouds.

The photographs (above and below) are located at the entrance to the temple.  Be prepared to be in awe from the view of the architecture and beauty of this temple.

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Grand entrance of Wat Pha Lat – Travel Thailand – Chiang Mai Temple in the Clouds.

Chiang Mai Day Trips: Temple in the Clouds


In the religion of Buddhism, the Elephant has several meanings.  The elephant below represents a guard to the temple and to Buddha. (1)  “The main characteristics of the elephant are his strength and steadfastness. There for it become a symbol of physical and mental strength, as well as responsibility and earthiness.” Symbolism of Animals in Buddhism

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Elephants at the entrance to temple Wat Pha Lat above Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 Chiang Mai Temple in the Clouds

This is the main temple area (below) after walking through the entrance of the temple.

Buddha and monks represented at Wat Pha Lat.

 Chiang Mai Temple in the Clouds

This is the Buddha (below) in the main temple.  The monk is working to keep everything in order.

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Place of worship with the Buddha at Wat Pha Lat above Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The three individuals praying are behind the Buddha in the main temple.

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wat-pha-lat spiritual worshipers helping out

This temple is probably hundreds of years old, as you can see from many of the structures.  There has also been recent additions to the this temple.

Open air gathering area for the monks, Chiang Mai Day Trips,
The open area you see is where the monks sit together to worship and too meditate.


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Close up view of the front doors from the Temple, maybe 500 years old?


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A door carved out of a tree, made for this very old building. It reminded me of something out of Disney land where they make things look very old but they aren’t. This one is the real thing! Wat Pha Lat above Chiang Mai, Thailand. This door is art…and antique.
Gift area with 2 buddhas, Chiang Mai Day Trips
People come to pray here. They may pray for wealth, a baby or health. When they are able to get this wish, they come back and make donations to the Buddha’s under the overhang. Wat Pha Lat above Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 Chiang Mai Temple in the Clouds

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We found this path after seeing worshipers come here, its past the row of Buddhas which are sitting with all the gifts of gratitude.
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Stairway back up to the big Buddha from the overview are of City of Chiang Mia, Thailand.


Chiang Mai Day Trips
This is the dry season, during the rainy season this area has much more water. This water runs off the mountain toward Chiang Mai, Thailand.


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Temple of the Jungle Wat Pha lat


This is a very unique display of a elephant in a prayer area in Wat Pha Lat above Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Directions to Wat Pha Lat

Google Map – Location of Wat Pha Lat

(1) Elephant –

Wat Pha Lat is close to Bhubing Palace Gardens and is a Chiang Mai Day Trip that many tourists see.

Bhubing Palace Gardens

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International Restaurants Chiang Mai

la-lanterna- Italian Restaurant
Clam Pasta

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