Wat Phra That Chae Haeng

Nan's most revered wat

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What we say: 3.5 stars

More than 600 years old, this is the most revered wat in Nan and features a 55m-tall Lao-style stupa that has been covered in gold sheet.

Set atop a hill overlooking Nan in the distance, the approach is via a broad walkway flanked by naga balustrades emptying out to the main enclosure, with a reclining Buddha to the left (with its back to you within), the main temple to your right and the stupa straight ahead.

It took five years to build the stupa (in the mid 14th century), which was built to store, you guessed it, another Buddha relic -- this time a hair.

This is a popular temple and the wat is the centre of a religious festival that takes place during the full moon of the fourth lunar month -- late February, early March-- and if you happen to be in Nan at the time, you should definitely make the trip here.

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3km outside Nan
How to get there: The wat is 3 km southeast of Nan on the road to Mae Charim. It is well signposted and best reached by bicycle or motorcycle.
Last updated: 1st February, 2012

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