The seated Buddha isn’t at the summit but still offers great views to the south, west and east. A couple of drink stalls are here, should you need to refuel. From here, pass by some towering guardians and follow the stairs up to the modern temple -- you can see the spires easily from the surrounds. It’s from here that you can enjoy views to the north, both from the railing and a grassy area behind the wat.
Wat Thang Sai is easily reached by hired bicycle or motorbike, or you can walk -- it took as about an hour to walk there from Siripong Guesthouse. Note the upper wat doesn’t open until 09:00, so you’ll have to jump the fence if you want to wander around earlier. The seated Buddha isn’t gated so you can visit that at any time.
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org 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, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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