Khao Tang Kuan

Khao Tang Kuan

Tremendous views with some history

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Khao Tang Kuan is a large hill rising high above the city’s otherwise flat landscape to a viewpoint where you can best appreciate the distinctive geography of Songkhla.

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Sala Phra Wihaan Daeng, a pavilion built by order of King Rama V. Photo by: David Luekens.
Sala Phra Wihaan Daeng, a pavilion built by order of King Rama V. Photo: David Luekens

Behind this “royal red pavilion,” another set of stairs leads to the top of the hill crowned by a chedi that first appeared roughly 1,000 years ago during the Dvaravati period. It was covered by a bell-shaped chedi in 1886, and a small lighthouse was added a decade later.

Surrounding the chedi, wide terraces with railings afford views of the city clustered between the Gulf of Thailand and Songkhla Lake—and this is the highlight of Khao Tang Kuan. Head to the north side near the lift station to gaze over Haad Samila and Sathing Phra Peninsula. If you’re up early or for a late-day excursion, this is an awesome spot to watch the sunrise or sunset.

Khao Tang Kuan is also known as Monkey Hill, thanks to the macaques that hang around; keep a hand on your possessions, as they do like ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.

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