Wat Rai Khing Festival (งานวัดไร่ขิง)

One of the biggest temple fairs of the year is perfect for a post-Songkran hangout. Wat Rai Khing (วัดไร่ขิง) in Nakhon Pathom is a quick drive away from Bangkok and its fair promises tons of food and knick-knacks.

Here’s what you’ll need to know before going.

When is the Wat Rai Khing Festival (งานวัดไร่ขิง) taking place?

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The Wat Rai Khing Festival will take place from 19-27 April 2024. It’s a temple fair lasting 9 days.

Where is Wat Rai Khing (วัดไร่ขิง)?

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This famed temple is located in Nakhon Pathom.

It’s about an hour drive away from Bangkok. The best way to get to the temple is to drive there and park at the temple.

Otherwise, you can check out our rideshare guide for how to hail a cab.

What is there to do at the fair?

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This temple fair is the quintessential temple fair.

You can expect all the delicious street food that you’d usually see at Bangkok’s famous night markets. You can also expect some local specialties from Nakhon Pathom.

There’ll also be classic fair rides as well!

Why is Wat Rai Khing Festival popular?

This Nakhon Pathom temple and its fair are so popular because it houses one of the most revered Buddha images in the country. Legends say was discovered in the river the temple is built next to.

People will often make a pilgrimage here to make merit or ask for wishes.

Experience one of Thailand’s classic temple fairs

Although temple fairs are becoming rare, this one remains popular nationwide due to its famous Buddha. You can expect good merit, delicious bites, and tons of fun here.

If you’re interested in other temple fairs, check out our article on some of the most popular fairs around Thailand. Alternatively, here’s how you can save on your electricity bill this summer in Thailand using local techniques.

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