Photo: Large seated Buddha, Betong.

Things to see and do

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Quite a strange location for the worlds largest mailbox, as it seems unlikely that the mailmen in Betong could ever get that busy. Nevertheless, the box is there and still functioning. Constructed in 1924, the mailbox has been heightened a few times and will no doubt continue to grow. Luckily a palm tree grows beside it to give scale to your ... Read more about World's largest mailbox .

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Best visited in conjunction with a trip to Piyamit Tunnels, these hot springs can hard-boil an egg in 7 minutes. The springs have been built into a pool structure with a walkway to the centre where some of the springs can be seen, though they have been covered with a wire contraption. Do NOT put your hand in the water under the wire (like a silly researcher) as it is extremely hot. The rest of ... Read more about Betong Hot Springs .

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Excavated by Malay communists in 1976 to avoid bombardment, this network of tunnels stretches for over a kilometre and is in a lush jungle setting. While not a scratch on the Cu Chi and Vinh Moc tunnels in Vietnam, these are nevertheless still well worth visiting. Fairly recently problems of collapse required the tunnels to all be enlarged and concrete rendered, so it is easier to wander through ... Read more about Piyamit Tunnels .

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This spectacular chedi sits atop a hill at the eastern edge of town. The chedi has an interior display on the first floor with renditions of many of the most famous chedis in Thailand, while the chedi itself is faced with four sparklingly gold Buddhas in four different poses. At the base of the chedi is a massive 80m tall bronze Buddha -- the largest in Thailand. The views from the top of the ... Read more about Phramahathat Chedi .




Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Betong? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.


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