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  • Mon village (Wang Kha) and the floating rafts
    3 stars

    The village has been formed by Mon refugees fleeing oppression in Burma, and these good-natured people have now become a vital part of the Sangkhlaburi community. There's not much happening here, but you'll likely receive smiles as you wander through the stilted houses and souvenir stands where you ... read more

  • Bridge to the Mon Village
    3.5 stars

    Update: In mid 2013, part of the wooden bridge collapsed due to an unusually powerful current and high water level in the lake. As a temporary replacement, residents tied together an almost equally impressive floating bamboo bridge. At 442 metres long, it's one of Sangkhlaburi's signature sites ... read more

  • Wat Wang Wiwekaram and Buddhakaya Chedi
    3.5 stars

    The chedi looks almost unreal in the early morning, when it shimmers in the rising sunlight over the often misty lake. It was built in 1982, and when viewed close up it's not quite as spectacular, although it does have hundreds of small metal Buddha images placed amid the corn-cob exterior. Much of ... read more

  • Explore the Lake
    4.5 stars

    During the dry season, when the waters drop sufficiently, it is possible to view some of the ruins that remain standing -- primarily a couple of buildings belonging to Wat Samprasob, including the naga staircase, bell tower, ubosot and wiharn. Elsewhere in the immediate area there are a ... read more

  • Baan Unrak
    4.5 stars

    They run an orphanage, school, animal care centre (mainly for stray dogs), organic farm and crafts centre designed to bring an honest income to displaced single mothers who have ended up in the area after fleeing problems across the border. Baan Unrak has also expanded to provide some medical ... read more

  • Three Pagodas Pass
    2.5 stars

    At the end of the road you'll find three small, not so spectacular stupas on a lawn that's flanked by a souvenir market with Burmese goods on one side and the Thai and Burmese immigration checkpoints on the other. The "three pagodas" themselves are not even the originals (these were submerged ... read more

  • Khao Laem National Park
    3.5 stars

    The main attraction near the visitor centre is a waterfall that cascades over 15 metres into a pool suitable for swimming. At time of writing, a raised walkway was being constructed to make reaching the waterfall easier. If passing by, this is a fine place to stop for a refreshing dip and there is ... read more

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