Temples of  Thailand - a photographic journey

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Temples in Western Thailand

Tak Province

Wat Phra Boromathat 

Wat Bot Mani Sibunruang 

Wat Mani Banphot Worawihan

Wat Thai Wattanaram (Mae Sot)

Wat Phra That Hin Kio Doi Din Ki (Mae Sot)

Wat Chumphon Khiri (Mae Sot)

Wat Mani Phraison (Mae Sot)

Wat Podi Khun (Mae Sot)

Wat Phra That Doi Hua Fai (Mae Sot)

Wat Bunyawad (Mae Sot)

Wat Mae Ku Nuea (Mae Sot)

Wat Khet Gaeo Burapha (Mae Sot)

Wat Don Kaeo (Mae Ramat)

Wat Mae Kasa (Mae Kasa)

Wat Thung Mikham Bom (Mae Kasa)

Wat Ban Goed Luang

Phra Buddha Maha Ratcha Kitti Chaloem

Wat Pha Nitch Niramon (Umphang)

Wat Nam Dan (Umphang)

Wat Nong Luang (Umphang)

Wat Sam Naksong Zepala (Umphang)

Wat Sam Nakson Palata (Umphang)

Wat Umphang (Umphang)

Wat Sasana Buema (Phop Phra)

Wat Chon Prathan Rangsan (Sam Ngao)

Phetchaburi Province

Wat Kuti Bang Khem

Tham Khao Yoi

Wat Mahathat Worawihan

Wat Phlapphla Chai

Wat Lat

Wat Ko Kaeo Suttharam

Wat Phra Song

Wat Kamphaeng Laeng

Wat Yai Suwannaram

Wat Sa Bua

Wat Phutta Saiyat

Wat Maha Samanaram

Wat Chi Prasoet

Wat Khok

Wat Kudi Dao

Wat Khong Kharam

Wat Phailom

Wat Phra Kaeo Noi

Wat Khao Bandai It

Tham Khao Luang

Wat Bun Thawi

Wat Tha Chaisiri (Ban Lad)

Wat Tham Rong (Ban Lad)

Tham Rong (Ban Lad)

Wat Khao Takhrao (Ban Laem)

Wat Ton Son (Ban Laem)

Wat Neranchararam (Cha-am)

Wat Cha-am Khiri ((Cha-am)

Wat Nong Chaeng (Cha-am)

Prachuap Khiri Khan Province

Wat Hua Hin

Phra Buddha Sayat

Wat Vivega Santi Dhamma

Wat Suksamlan

Wat Buddha Chaiyo

Wat Khao Sanam Chai

Wat Khao Lan Thom

Wat Khao Krailat

Wat Khao Takiap

Wat Khao Tao

Wat Tham Khao Tao

Wat Bang Phu

Wat Khao Daeng

Wat Khao Noi

Wat Thammikaram Woravihara

Wat Ao Noi

Wat Huay Mongkhon

Wat Nong Plap

Tham Gailon Cave

Wat Nong Yai Uam

Kanchanaburi Province

Wat Dong Sak

Wat Tham Khao Pun

Wat Thawonwararam

Wat Thewa Sangkharam

Wat Chai Chumphon Chana Songkhram

Wat Tham Mangkon Thong

Wat Tham Khao Laem

Wat Tham Seua

Wat Tham Khao Noi

Wat Ban Tham

Wat Pa Lelai

Krasae Cave Temple

Wat Putthawimut

Wat Wang Wiwekaram (Wat Mon) - Sankhlaburi

Wat Somdet (Sankhlaburi)

Wat Sam Phrasop (Sankhlaburi)

Khaeow Sawan Bandan Cave (Sankhlaburi)

Wat Tha Khanun (Thong Pha Phum)

Wat Sri Suwanaram (Sankhlaburi)

Wat Dan Chedi Sam Ong (Sankhlaburi)

Wat Weluwararam (Sai Yok)

Wat Phra Thaen Dong Rang (Thamaka)

Ratchaburi Province

Wat Khongkharam

Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat

Wat Khao Ngu/Ruesi Khao Ngu Cave

Wat Aranyik

 

Western Thailand image

Tak is one of my favorite provinces. Initially we only drove through in December 2001 and had no time to visit anything but Ban Tak, the small village along the Ping River but in December 2005 we did an extensive tour to the western part of the Province to Mae Sot, the border markets, Mae Ramat and of course the City of Tak. The 226km trip from Mae Sot to Mae Sariang in Mae Hong Son is breathtaking and offers beautiful nature and great temples.

In December 2002 though we visited Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces. I was very pleased with the trip to those provinces on the border with Myanmar because there were many temples, specially in the city of Phetchaburi, but also because it had many scenic or photogenic temples to offer. Also, not once did we get stopped by a police roadblock, which made me particularly happy. Not many temples can be visited in Kaeng Krachan National Park in the West and Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park along the coast but they offer beautiful nature, rainforest, mountains and empty beaches with spectacular rock formations. Cha-am is a beach town for Thai's and some people from the West, which seem to have been gone for a long time. Hua Hin on the other side is already visited by many farangs and my Thai friends still shake their heads in disbelieve when we see them walking around the city with their shirts off, exposing their fat bodies. The temples in Hua Hin also seemed to be a popular tourist site, vs. the ones in Cha-am or Phetchaburi, which were mostly visited by Thai worshippers, with the occasional Japanese bus tour stopping as well. 

One of the best trips to Thailand was our visit to Kanchanaburi Province on the border with Myanmar in December 2003. Waterfalls, lakes, mountains, Mon villages and the three pagodas pass were some of the highlights besides seeing the famous bridge over the river Kwai and attending the annual light and sound show. Here are not that many temples but many caves and two temples which took several hours to visit - Wat Tham Seua and Wat Tham Khao Noi

March 2005: We went back to the western Provinces of Phetchaburi and Phrachuap Khiri Khan again and stayed in Hua Hin, which offers better (but also more expensive) choices of Hotels and visited some of the villages and temples around Phetchaburi - Wat Khao Takhrao and Wat Ton Son. We also went back to the temples in Hua Hin, Wat Takiap and Wat Krailat and drove on further down south to the city of Phrachuap Khiri Khan and enjoyed picturesque beaches and fishing villages. 

June 2005: Finally a trip to Ratchaburi. Not much tourism going on there and some temples were extremely hard to find. In fact, we were the only visitors in all of the four temples we visited at that time. Which was quite nice!

May 2006: We spent a week in Hua Hin to visit several temples, which we had not been to before, like Wat Phailom in Phetchaburi or Wat Buddha Chayo in Hua Hin. We also had some special ceremonies performed in two temples, which were closed on previous trips: Wat Tha Chaisiri and Wat Sa Bua in Phetchaburi. When in Phetchaburi we always stop in Wat Mahathat because it is such a wonderful and important temple and we went back to Wat Khao Tao to see all the new buildings, which were built here since our last visit.

November 2007: Finally we went over the mountain range from Mae Sot in the province of Tak to go to Umphang, probably the furthest point away from anywhere and a piece of Thailand where most people don't even speak Thai anymore. One of the best experiences in my life was Tee Lor Su Waterfall and the nature around it in the rainforest of Tak. Naturally we took another opportunity to see key temples like Wat Don Kaeo in Mae Ramat and Wat Thai Wattanaram in Mae Sot again. 

 

 

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