Khao Takiab Temple is among the most popular and most visited temples in Hua Hin. It is located at a distance of 7 km from the main city of Hua Hin. The temple is situated in the small village of Khao Takiab, hence the name Khao Takiab.
“Khao Takiab” translates to Chopstick Hills in Thai. The village got this title as it is situated on top of a hill, overlooking the sea. Due to its location on top of the hill close to a beach, the temple is very much liked by the tourists as well as the locals.
Khao takiab temple is also sometimes referred to as the ‘monkey temple’ as there is a huge population of monkeys that live nearby. You can see them flocking the temple premises at all times. Therefore, you should be careful to not carry any eatables in bare hands or let anything hang loosely from the pockets.
The temple boasts a magnanimous statue of Buddha that stands 65.6 feet tall- roughly the size of a six-storey building- at the base of the hill. This statue is the main landmark that you can look for when finding the temple as there are no English signages for this temple.
Best way to reach Khao Takiab Temple
The best way to reach the top of the hill is through the neatly paved stairs. This way you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view throughout the way including the breathtaking view of the Cha-Am beach from a height.
However, if you have elderly people or children with you, you can alternatively reach the temple on a tuk-tuk or a songthaew. You can also travel all the way up on your own bike. If you don’t have one, you can easily rent it from the various bike rentals in Hua Hin.
What to do around Khao Takiab Temple
The area around the Khao Takiab temple offers a perfect retreat environment, away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The view from up there is not only breathtaking but very relaxing, perfect for meditation.
You can see the waves crashing the shore of the Cha-Am beach from the top. You can even sit down to enjoy a lip-smacking meal at one of the many seaside restaurants. Alternatively, you can take an aimless stroll on the beachside and let the waves do the talking.
The Khao Takiab temple might not be as exotic as the other popular tourist spots in Hua Hin, but is a must-visit for anyone who wishes to experience a peculiar tranquility. You can also check out the other temples in Hua Hin.