Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai – complete guide

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Wat Huay Pla Kang is an epic temple in Chiag Rai, North Thailand. It’s famous for it’s unique blend of Thai and Chinese architecture. Moreover, you can admire a large Guan Yin statue overlooking Chiang Rai. Huay Pla Kang temple is also great spot to watch sunset.

In this article we will cover how to get there, entrance fee, opening hours, what to see and also few other travel tips.

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About Wat Huay Pla Kang

Wat Huay Pla Kang is located on top of a hill in Chiang Rai. It offers stunning views of the area. The architecture is rather unusual.

Moreover thanks to the fact that there are no huge crowds visiting the temple it’s a very pleasant and peaceful experience.

There are 3 buildings you can visit. The most colorful of them is without a doubt 9 stories tall pagoda in hues of gold, green and red. There are also Chinese dragons at the entrance. Furthermore it’s possible to walk the stairs all the way to the top from where you can enjoy great views.

Wat Huay Pla Kang sunset Chiang Rai
Wat Huay Pla Kang sunset Chiang Rai

Right next to pagoda you can find another beautiful white colored temple. It’s structure and decorations compared to those of famous White temple.

Wat Huay Pla Kang sunset Chiang Rai

Lastly, you can visit Guan Yin statue. Although many people mistakenly believe it’s a Big Buddha. However, it’s a statue of Buddhist “Goddess of Mercy”.

In addition, you can see 2 white dragons on the sides of long staircase leading to the statue. It’s also possible to take an elevator to the top of Guan Yin statue.

Wat Huay Pla Kang sunset Chiang Rai
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TIP: There is a beautiful fairy-tale cafe close to the temple you certainly must visit – Lalitta café.

Where to stay in Chiang Rai

The best area to stay is near the bus station or around clock tower. If you’re looking for more budget friendly options, you’ll likely find them a bit further from the town centre.

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Opening hours and entrance fee

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Opening hours: 07:00 – 21:00

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Entrance fee: free, 40TBH to enter the Goddess statue

You can visit Wat Huay Pla Kang between 07:00 and 21:00. However I would recommend coming for sunset here. There is no entrance fee.

Although if you want you can leave some donation. In case you want to take an elevator up the Goddess statue you have to pay 40TBH.

How to get to Wat Huay Pla Kang

You can easily reach Huay Pla Kang temple on a scooter. It’s only 8km from clock tower and therefore you can get there in 20 minutes.

There are few bike rentals around Chiang Rai while the cheapest bikes start at around 250TBH. We rent our bikes from B-rider and highly recommend their services.

Other alternative would be to use Grab. You can either choose a car or a bike taxi that will take you to Wat Huay Pla Kang.

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Important: Do not forget to dress properly. Women as well as men are required to cover their knees and shoulders.

Wat Huay Pla Kang sunset Chiang Rai

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Visiting Wat Huay Pla Kang – conclusion

Wat Huay Pla Kang is definitely worth a visit. You can combine it with visit of some other temples in the area, such as White Temple and Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten).

We hope you found this article helpful and let us know in the comments once you visit the temple!

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