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Wat Tham Pha Plong

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Address: Chiang Dao, Thailand

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Be here before 8 in the morning.

Yes the the Wat is great, the way up theea (500) stairs with all the Dharma teachings too. The real gem is arriving here before 8 to witness the local villagers offering food for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yes the the Wat is great, the way up theea (500) stairs with all the Dharma teachings too. The real gem is arriving here before 8 to witness the local villagers offering food for the monks. After prayer and the monks picking out their food, you help with carrying the food to the communual kitchen. Once done, you are invited... More 

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Thank MennoNaut
Ko Samui, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This could easily be the world's capital of tranquility. Really nice chilled out walk for an hour or so. There are hardly any visitors, we only bumped into a dozen monks sweeping the stair and a big Thai family on the way back. The jungle view from the top was mesmerizing. I enjoyed this place much more than the famous... More 

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Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Beautiful walk up 510 steps to a simple temple at the top. Not too strenuous and with lovely forest views on route. Views are actually better on the ascent and descent than from the top. Very peaceful only saw four other tourists on our trek. Went at 0900 hrs before it got too hot (October). Free water at the top.

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Thank KORAT1186338
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The 500 steps isn't as hard as it sounds. You'll be a little sweaty by the end, but it's worth it. Doi Suthep was a harder climb.

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Thank Joe B
manchester
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

500 steps to the summit (not all up hill) to lovely forest views. Very quiet with very few visitors.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

One of the more beautiful temple settings high up in the mountains. Be prepared to walk a lot of steps, but the views are worth it!

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Thank James S
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

We went in the early morning - there were very few people so it felt like we had the trail all to ourselves. Very lush, plenty of shade, lots of steps, so do bring water. Great views from the top!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

As others have said, the stairs with the Buddhist teachings (translated to English as well!) were great and the atmosphere is serene. Jungle sounds and a great view with no traffic noise at all, a very welcome change of pace from the cities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

I'm not really interested in visiting temples but from time to time some of them make me drop my jaws. This is one of them, more because of the amazing views you can enjoy from there than because the non intrusive temple architecture. Worth the effort to climb the 512 steeps of the stairway. Don't be afraid to carry up... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

The best part of the temple for me was the walk up. There are many sayings that help to enlighten you. At the top it's not one of the most prestigious temples just basic. The is a nice view at the top where can see forest and mountains.

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