One of the most famous “Wats” or “temples” in Thailand, the Wat Phra Doi Tung Holy Relic deserves special mention. It occupies a prime spot atop the beautiful Doi Tung Mountain, which witnesses the unfolding of the pristine countryside of Chiang Rai. To savour this and other sights of the region, check into one of the luxury Chiang Rai hotels located in the area, with the Anantara Golden Triangle, Thailand being a stunning hotel Chiang Rai has to offer. To get to the Wat Phra Doi Tung, you have a scenic mountain drive to look forward to, winding through the undulating landscape with ease. The temple came to life in the tenth century AD, under the patronage of one of the famous monks who resided here, Khru Ba Siwichi. Within the temple complex, you will find two exquisite chedis (stupas) rendered in the Lanna style, with the left collar bone of the Buddha enshrined in one. This holy relic draws huge crowds of Buddhist devotees looking to pay their respects, and to earn “merits” in the process.
Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and hopes to visit them all someday.