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Chiang Dao is home to several temples that are worth a look while you’re having a wander around town. Wat Mae It boasts some unusual sculptures while Wat Don Sri Sa-ard is a particularly beautifully set temple.

Just off the main street, up the road leading out to Chiang Dao Cave, is the rather wacky Wat Mae It (or Ead), with some unusual sculptures as well as a viewpoint and coffee shop with WiFi. These graphic and gruesome sculptures are all warnings of what will befall naughty Buddhist boys and girls in the afterlife. You do see these themes repeated in many Thai temples across Thailand, but these were particularly gruesome — probably because they were freshly painted as of mid-2015 — and though the subject is serious, we reckon the monks must have had a great time creating this.

Wat Mae It, somewhat graphic

Wat Mae It. Somewhat graphic.

The sculptures lie in front of the main worshipping hall, which was still unfinished when we visited, while behind is a small chedi with fine views out the back towards Doi Chiang Dao. In the small temple carpark you’ll find a coffee shop with WiFi so you can sip an iced mocha, peruse the torture and post it on Instagram at the same time.

Wat Mae It and Doi Chiang Dao

Wat Mae It and Doi Chiang Dao.

Back on the main street, on the north side of town just before the bypass re-appears, is another imposing temple, Wat Don Sri Sa-ard. This is a larger and older structure set amid tall trees, and includes an elaborately decorated wiharn and a large, white, seated Buddha image almost hidden by the vegetation. It’s worth a look too if you’re passing by.

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