Wat Phra That Chom Thong

Pleasant hilltop temple

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What we say: 3 stars

This pleasant hilltop temple is set at the centre of a grove and can be reached by either a long staircase or a winding road.

Although you'd expect the views to be great, the grove blocks most of them, with the exception of the vista back down the stairway. According to information on site, the chedi was originally built to house a relic of the Buddha that was sent here from Chiang Saen, which in turn had been shipped over from Sri Lanka. Since then the chedi has been renovated on a number of occasions, partly explaining its good condition.

The wat is very well kept and though you are welcome to wander throughout, a handful of nasty pooches prowl the area so be cautious.

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Around 1.5 km north of Phayao
How to get there: To get here leave Phayao along the lakeside road and go past the first entrance to Wat Sri Khom Kham. When you reach the second and main entrance, you'll see almost opposite the entrance a road running up to the beginning of the staircase to Wat Phra That Chom Thong to your right, on the other side of the road.
Last updated: 16th March, 2012

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