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Reviewed November 30, 2023

THIS temple about an hour's drive outside Chiang Mai was utterly amazing, but the heat was crippling.
It reached 37C and I was dripping by the time I left, so take my advice and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Wat Ban Den, also known as the Blue Temple, has some amazing figures from elephants and peacocks to chickens and roosters.
The site is vast and while I was there new buildings to increase the size of the complex were being worked on.
It is a Buddhist temple and among its highlights were the Drum Hall, the zodiac pagodas, the Tibetan Sutra Tower, and the teak monks' accommodation which has been built in a Lanna style.
Try and approach the site in an orderly fashion and do it section after section because if you just wander about then you are likely going to miss something.
Being orderly is easier said than done because of the huge area you have to cover.
Fortunately there are toilets here and it is possible to buy some water nearby.
Definitely a place to visit and I combined Wat Ban Den with several other sites including the famous Sticky Waterfalls to make a day trip out of it. Very interesting and entertaining.

Date of experience: November 2023
Thank singhasam
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Reviewed April 7, 2023

An hour drive from Chiang Mai old city, it's a blue huge temples where u can worship, busy take pictures. Suggest go early morning to avoid crowd & hot temperature!
At 40 degrees!

Date of experience: March 2023
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Reviewed January 28, 2023 via mobile

If you are enjoying wonderful Chiang Mai, give Noi a call for a great one day tour of the magnificent Wat Ban Den temple and then a visit to the beautiful Sticky Waterfall. It’s an easy five hour round trip out from the city and both sites are still relatively tourist free. Noicnxguide is on WhatsApp +66896324696. (Also recommended for airport transfers or if you fancy a longer drive to Chiang Rai.

Date of experience: January 2023
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Reviewed October 26, 2022 via mobile

I'm pretty templed out by this point, but this Wat is something else. Huge series of buildings displaying terrific teak wood construction. I came in afternoon, in full sun , and had a hard time exploring the complex, but really enjoyed what I saw. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2022
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Reviewed July 6, 2022 via mobile

This was one of my favorite temples in Thailand. It’s very elaborate and colorful. We loved the gigantic Buddha and all of the ornate statutes. There were dragons, elephants, roosters, peacocks, etc. They were all so brightly colored that they sparkled. We were very surprised to find we didn’t need to pay an entry fee.

Date of experience: June 2022
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