Great views, savage macaques
Published/Last edited or updated: 8th December, 2020
Khao Chong Krachok sits at the northern end of Prachuap Khiri Khan. A feral macaque infested hilltop wat, the summit 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 feral macaques who will not shy from leaping at you and chasing you around; this is definitely not an experience for those with a phobia of macaques. Don’t carry anything they want—not even a bottle of water. They take no prisoners.
To get there, walk north along Sarachip Road and you will come to the stairs running up to your right.
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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