Wat Pha Narai Maharat, Nakhon Ratchasima

Wat Pha Narai Maharat is probably the most important temple in Nakhon Ratchasima, and certainly the most interesting one.

Location of Wat Pha Narai Maharat


Located on an island in the centre of a small lake, this temple takes its name from the Vishnu statue (Pha Narai in Thai) which is housed in a shrine there. The statue is Khmer in origin and made of sandstone. There are three of these sandstone statues in the temple.

Monitor Lizards at Wat Pha Narai Maharat


The other fascinating thing about this temple is the very large water monitor lizards that live in the lake and use the foundations of the temple as a lake side sun bathing area. The video above doesn’t really show you how big these temple lizards have gown: they are more like crocodiles.

Visitors are welcome at Wat Pha Narai Maharat


This temple is open from 08.00 to 16.00 and to get to it go into the temple complex located on the Assadang Road and walk through until you find the bridge, which is on your left as you enter the temple grounds from the Assadang Road.

Map of Wat Pha Narai Maharat


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