Khao Chong Krachok

Great views, savage monkeys

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Situated on a hill at the northern end of town, this monkey infested hilltop wat offers great views of the coastline to the north and south.

At the top of the 395 steps is Wat Thamikaran, a revered monastery housing a Buddha footprint. The monastery forms part of Wat Thamikaran, sometimes known as Wat Khao Chong Krachok, with the rest of the complex lying to the west of the hill and to the north just over the bridge.

The hill is best climbed in the morning or late afternoon, as the views are better then and there's little shade on the way up. There is a hole or tunnel in the mountain, which appears to reflect the sky and the name of the hill translates as mirror tunnel mountain. The tunnel can be reached from the wat grounds.

This wat and hill are completely overrun by monkeys who will not shy from leaping at you and chasing you around; this is definitely not an experience for those with a phobia of monkeys. Don't carry anything they want -- not even a bottle of water.

To get there, walk north along Sarachip Road and you will come to the stairs running up to your right.

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Northern end of town, access via Sarachip Rd
Last updated: 16th September, 2013
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Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.

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  • Great view

    10th July, 2013

    Awesome view and best done at sunrise. Lots of monkeys charge down the hill from the top to greet you halfway but none of them attacked me. Three dogs followed me up from the bottom and there was a bit of tension between them and the monkeys but not serious. Great spot for sunrise photos. The only negative is there's a lot of monkey poo on the steps so wear covered in shoes.

    Khao Chong Krachok reviewed by LeonardCohen1 (2)
    Written on 10th July, 2013, rated 4 out of 5. Visited here in June, 2013

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