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Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
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$88.61*
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Half-Day Temples and City Private Tour of Chiang Rai
Ranked #4 of 90 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Owner description: This was the original location of the Emerald Buddha, now housed in Bangkok's Wat Phra Kaeo.
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Located within the grounds of the Grand Palace are the temple buildings.
The temple used to house the emerald Buddha, though don' get to excited about this, the statue itself is tiny and sirs well away from. Any prying eyes. No camera are allowed within the temple itself, but you can get some great shots of the outside and of e other temple buildings.
Dress appropriately for your visit, long trousers and something to cover shoulders and be prepared to remove your shoes to go into the Wat itself, it's worth it,
Entry is included in the ticket for the Grand Palace so having paid a small fortune locally make sure you game it all in.
What I wanted to see most in Bangkok was the Grand Palace and temple complex and I was certainly not disappointed.
It's always busy, and even out of season as we were in early March there were still people everywhere I can imagine the place would be chaos in the peak season.
All in all a very relaxing and tranquil way to pass a few hours, but make sure you have plenty of space on your camera memory sticks as there's another photo opportunity around every corner.

1  Thank Kaz831
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

Great photo opportunities and a very interesting place to visit. Has an interesting story to tell. Definitely worth a visit to see.

Thank James A
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

After the second wat of the day, they usually all roll into one mixed recollection for me. Not this one. Interesting architecture, peaceful grounds, lovely temples and a very well curated museum.

1  Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Worth visiting. Can spend about an hour or so exploring the main temple and surrounding buildings, including small museum.
Also a short distant to Wat Phra Singh. Explored with wife and 15 year old son by bicycles. Since Chiang Rai's town is small, it can be explored by bicycle within a day.

1  Thank DrClementLee
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Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Chasing Rai's Way Phra Kaeo doesn't compare with its namesake in Bangkok but doesn't need to. Beautiful main Wat and very good museum with guides available to show you around the exhibits. The chance to get close to a replica of the Emerald Buddha is well worth the visit, as in BKK you cannot.

1  Thank John R
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