Attraction Details :
Wat Pailom is located in Tambon Baan-ngiew, on the eastern side of the Chao Phraya River, in the northern part of Pathumtanee Province.The autoroute 3309 (Chiang Rak Noi Road) is a tourist spot for open-billed storks attracting a great number of Thais and foreigners. It has been declared a non-hunting area spreading over 74 rais from Wat Pailom to Wat Umphuwararam.
The temple is a green zone, housing open-billed storks for no less than 100 years. In fact, they are in the family of ibis birds but they are different from the family in that their tip of the beak is almost closed, which means that they can benefit greatly when looking for apple snails - their food.
The bird has its origin in India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Then this species of bird immigrate in Thailand as the country is a proper place for mating, nesting and hatching. The mating season begins from November to June. You can see their family bond when they are helping each other to make nests, taking turns to find foods and taking care of their baby birds. Natural sightseeing and bird observatory are also provided. For more information, please contact the non-hunting area office at Wat Pailom and Wat Umphuwararam or call 02-9798596.
You can take a minibus from the heart of Pathumtanee Province (Pathumtanee-Chiang Rak) and get off at the temple stop or take a minibus (Pathumtanee-Samkok) and get off at the stop in front of Wat Don (Wat Suratrangsun) or Wat Samukkaya and then get in a Chao Phraya boat of which the fare is just 10 baht.
Furthermore, you can take buses (either Mor Chit- Amphoe Sena or Nonthaburi-Sena) and get off at Wat Don and get in a boat to another side at Wat Pailom. There’s a tourist service which provides a cruise to Bangkok-Wat Pailom-The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand, organized by Chao Phraya Express Boat Company. The cruise starts from mornings to evenings on Sundays. For more information, please contact 02-6236001.