Within easy reach of Hua Hin, Wat Huay Mongkol is a revered Buddhist temple dedicated to a monk known for performing miraculous acts. Here’s a quick guide to help you plan a visit.
Located inland amidst the countryside, this temple can be found in Khao Takiab around 15 km away for those staying at a hotel in Hua Hin. It’s open from around 05:00 am to 10:00 pm, though ideally get there early since it can get crowded on weekends and public holidays.
A Famed Monk
Wat Huay Mongkol is dedicated to the Thai monk, Luang Phor Thuad, who was born in the Ayutthaya period. Before visiting from local properties the likes of Anantara Hua Hin Resort, learn more about him including the tales of his miracles such as turning saltwater into freshwater. Amulets of him are believed to offer protective powers as well.
The Giant Statue
The huge statue of Luang Phor Thuadhere is said to be the largest of its kind on the planet! Towering to a height of around 12 metres, the statue sits on an elevated platform; on either side are large wooden elephants under which devotees walk and request for good fortune, health and more.
Exploring the Site
Nearby, is a pavilion dedicated to teak tree spirits where devotees also come and pray to have their wishes granted. Wat Huay Mongkol is set amidst a park-like backdrop where you will find waterfalls, a lake and pavilions in which to unwind, while there are restaurants here too if you get hungry.