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Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill - Wat Khao Lad the 'Monkey' Temple South of Hua Hin
Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill and Wat Khao Lad the 'Monkey' Temple just to the south of Hua Hin
We visited the 272m high Khao Takiab and the Wat Khao Lad in February 2008 and found a rocky promontory south of Hua Hin by a small picturesque fishing village. The hill is very steep, thank goodness there was a one-way road up and we were in a good car with a great driver! There is a second 'ring road' round the base of the rock that provides a short scenic drive to overlook spots and photo opportunities.
At the top of the 'up' road there is Wat Khao Lad the 'Monkey' Temple, with resident macquack monkeys in small troops just about everywhere! We had taken a couple of dozen small bananas with us but they went in a few seconds! Monkeys came from everywhere. Be careful of these monkeys not because they are particularly fierce but because they seem to enjoy grabbing small items from unsuspecting tourists, so watch that camera!
Khao Takiab is known as Chopstick Mount and can be seen to the south from Hua Hin beach.
Approaching the hill from the beach you will see a 20m high Buddha statue, facing seaward, standing amongst some rocks at the foot of the hill. We are led to believe that the statue can be seen from the horizon.
From the top of the hill you can see Koh Singhtoh or Lion Island as it resembles a crouching lion. The island is only about 1km from the mainland and at high tide its small beach is almost completely submerged, but at low tide boats can be anchored or beached there. Lion Island is visited for its natural rock formations and is suitable for rock climbing. Boats to the island can be chartered from either the Hua Hin pier or the small fishing village at Khao Takiab.
We made the trip to Khao Takiab or Chopstick Hill and Wat Khao Lad the 'Monkey' Temple just to the south of Hua Hin as part of a full day's sightseeing trip in and around Hua Hin with a privately hired 'taxi' tour with "Jack's Tour", where we also visited Marukhataiyawan Palace - The old Royal Summer Palace for King Rama VI, Khao Hin Lek Fai - Hua Hin Overlook, Luang Phor Tuad Statue - Big Buddha Monument at the Huay Mongkol Temple and Pala-U Falls - Kaeng Krachan National Park. The day started at 0900 and ended about 1730. We bought lunch out at a cafe style restaurant Jack knows close to Pala-U village.
Jack speaks fairly good English and his car is great. Get Jack to introduce you to 'Bamboo Sticky Rice", you'll love it!
Wear long trousers / long skirt and no 'strappy' tops or singlets for Royal Palace and Temples. Take with you the following: plenty of drinking water, sun hats, sunglasses, camera and binoculars. We also recommend that you take fish pellets and monkey food. For those of you who are prone to being bitten it is advisable to take insect repellent.
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