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Prof587 wrote a review Feb 2017
Khon Kaen, Thailand66 contributions35 helpful votes
I came here 14 years ago when the temple complex must have been at the height of its glory. Well-maintained gardens, buildings and walkways enhanced the "temple-intertwined-with-nature" experience. My return there today, with two friends who had never been there, was an exercise in embarrassment. Now, it's just nature marred by man. Caved-in roofs, peeling paint, derelict buildings, closed and unmaintained walkways, intrusive garish tourist signs, poorly-designed development...the list is nearly endless. Somewhere in the last 14 years, overdevelopment for tourists followed by speedy dilapidation has ruined the place. "Maintenance" is now a foreign concept here, and is leading to a quick demise of this once-beautiful destination.
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Date of experience: February 2017
Lifestyle by Aii 🍀🌸 wrote a review Mar 2016
Vienna, Austria2,838 contributions256 helpful votes
Wat Tham Klong Phen is a important temple this time because the famous monk 'Lung Phu Khao' long stayed.
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Date of experience: January 2016
retiredone2007 wrote a review Aug 2015
Udon Thani, Thailand166 contributions19 helpful votes
I am an American who has lived in Nong Bua Lam Phu over 5 years. I enjoy photographing and visiting temples throughout Thailand and this is one of my favorites. It's not actually in Nong Bua Lam Phu, but about 13-14km to the turn-off on the road (Route 210) to Udon Thani. At the turn-off you will see a large sign and from there it is about a 2km drive back to the temple. This is such a peaceful place, not many visitors, so you can leisurely take in the surrounding beauty of the temple and the grounds. This temple "Klong Pen" means a two-sided ancient drum, and you will see a replica as you explore the Ubosot (Main hall). The temple itself has been constructed in and around a large cave in the side of the mountain. I think you will find this to be a worthwhile place to visit as you visit, or pass through Nong Bua Lam Phu Province.
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Date of experience: December 2014