Khao Lak and it’s surrounding area has many amazing Buddhist Temples, some just too beautiful and interesting to miss. If you want some insights into the deeper side of Thailand and what binds the population together then there is no better place than a local temple.
Thai Buddhism is largely based on the Theravada tradition of Buddhism and has played such an important role throughout the history of the country. It has enriched the lives of the Thai population in many ways, shaping the culture and society.
For my Three Amazing Temples Tour, I have hand picked three of Khao Lak and Phang Nga Province’s most notable temples. Here’s a quick summary of what to expect, if you want more of their stories please join me on this cultural Khao Lak tour.
Bang Raing Temple
Bang Raing Temple or Wat Bang Raing using the Thai word Wat for temple is located in Thap Put in Phang Nga Province. The temple sits atop of Khao Lan Mountain with a seated golden Buddha image and a large statue of the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, Kwam Im in Thai. Surrounded by lush green jungle, the temple’s fine Thai architecture and golden images are a wonder to behold.
Bang Thong Temple
In stark contrast to the rural setting of Wat Bang Raing, Wat Bang Thong is a majestic golden temple that towers over the surrounding low lying forests. It is a beautiful and impressive example of Thai Buddhist architecture and not to be missed.
Suwanna Khuha Temple
Wat Suwanna Khula is one of Phang Nga Province’s most important temples due to it’s historical and archaeological past and is known as Wat Tham by the locals. Beyond the more traditional temple buildings there are a series of caves where many Buddha images are enshrined. The first chamber is home to a large, impressive reclining Buddha. The temple is also commonly referred to as the Monkey Temple due to large number of monkeys that occupy the areas outside the caves.