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Reviewed March 16, 2019

A really stunning wat which we only discovered (online) while staying in Chiang Mai, and we immediately decided to make the journey out to Inthakin village in the Mae Taeng District to see it. We chartered a red songthaew (pickup with two bench seats) from the old walled city - at one point we did share it with three monks and their alms bowls who were given a lift by our driver!

We left Chiang Mai at seven in the morning and were at Wat Ban Den by eight - an early start is definitely recommended, as we were some of the first visitors there (it's open from six in the morning) and by nine some tour buses were starting to arrive.

The wat is in a beautiful rural setting with views over fields and hills, and we were immediately struck by both its size and its cleanliness. There are so many temples in Asia where you end up with dirty feet after removing shoes, but this was really well kept and almost gives the impression that it is brand new. Actually, it is fairly new - construction began in the late 1980s, and is still ongoing - but we had the impression that it is very well maintained. Most of the buildings are in traditional Lanna style, but there are some whimsical statues and decorations which border on the fantastical. Salvador Dali would have loved the creatures which are a cross between dragons and elephants!

There is a huge amount to see and much beauty to admire and photograph, which is why I have included quite a few pictures.

We found the toilets (to the left of the entrance) perfectly acceptable, and there is also a small café near the large car park - although the coffee was not very good. Otherwise, it was a memorable experience.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 16, 2019

We visited as part of a tour and didnt know what to expect. It just took our breath away! Absolutely stunning. Must be the most gorgeous temple anywhere.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 23, 2019

My favorite Temple complex is all of Thailand. An unexpected treat. Beautifully constructed and maintained. Truly spectacular. If you are anywhere near the area, find time to pop in for a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 17, 2019

You must visit this Wat outside of Chiang Mai city -- two of the most unique features is 1.) The 12 Pagodas representing the Zodiac animal signs and 2.) A Reclining Buddha that rivals the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank William J
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

This temple is relatively new (and still being built) with sparkling dragons and glittering peacocks, chickens, and elephants. There are many stupas in the center of varying styles and multiple temples to enter in the main area. The temples are beautifully decorated with colors, details, and varying styles as well. We went in the morning (8am bright and early) and it was spectacular because there was only one other group present. We had an entire large temple to explore to ourselves with the bells chiming in the wind and the mountains becoming more clear as the day went on. We paid a red truck ฿1800 to take us from Chiang Mai, to the sticky waterfalls, to the Grand Canyon, the bus station (to buy tickets for another trip), and back to our hostel in Chiang Mai. We did not pay an entry fee. Definitely in my top 5 temples (and I’ve been here for 3 months).

Date of experience: November 2018
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