Wat Khao Takiap

Wat Khao Takiap, Hua Hin

Wat Khao Takiap
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,790 contributions
Apr 2022
...and am surprised at some of the previous reviews here. I really liked this one with its electic variety of statues, monuments, ocean views - and of course, the monkeys. Many of the reviews just talk about these creatures and that's fine - they are everywhere here. Some do seem a bit aggressive, but none of them bothered me. I wasn't really staring or looking in their eyes either, so they went about their business while I did about mine. I just know there is more to this place then it's little residents. It started raining as soon as I came and stopped as soon as I left - go figure. There were these slow flying insects out in the rain, and these monkeys were busy snagging them from the sky and eating them. It's their home, and I'm a guest so... so what a beautiful temple. There are sweeping views of the ocean all around to enjoy. Lots of different structures, monuments, statues, etc., some unusual ones I don't think I've seen before. Pretty much had this fairly large ornate complex to myself save a few people working who basically ignored me. There was this one old timer who offered me a ride back to town since it was raining. I wasn't near ready to leave yet so I declined. Even in the rain, it's really too beautiful here. But then again, something a little less than perfection is always most beautiful to me.
Written April 19, 2022
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Wingfield73
Chiang Mai, Thailand845 contributions
Aug 2020
There are warning signs everywhere - with accompanying photos - of the injuries caused by these aggressive monkeys. The long, impressive flight of steps up to the main stupa is so steep that I had to give up half way , probably missing out on a boatload of merit. However the humans on site are friendly. The surrounding statues (including a couple of plaster dinosaurs) are worth a photograph or two as well
Written August 28, 2020
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MB1769
Toronto, Canada214 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
If you like to see monkeys everywhere and also see a good view of Hua Hin then head up the very steep hill and visit Wat Khao Takiap. As long as you don’t have food on you or are eating anything in front of the monkeys you should be relatively safe from them pestering you. Go when there is not much haze and you will have an excellent view of the Hua Hin area.
Written February 3, 2020
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Brenda H
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Feb 2020
We have just returned from Wat Khao Takiap (Monkey Mountain), February 11, 2020 and were disgusted by what we saw. On the short road up to the templet both sides of the road leave the impression one is in the middle of a land fill. Piles of plastic everywhere, all road signs partially or completely torn so as to be unreadable. Buildings look and smell like they have been abandoned for years. On the steps up to the temple one encounters monkey feces on the steps and railings. The temple at the top is fading badly and is in desperate need of some tender loving care. Aggressive monkeys are everywhere making one a bit uneasy about being there. However, the view is spectacular. Unfortunately the air quality (read haze) was so bad the far end of the beach and associated buildings were barely visible. The air quality today is 151 which is an UNHEALTHY reading meaning children, seniors and those with respiratory issues should remain indoors. We have been here a month and most days have had a similar reading so that from our condo Monkey Mountain is barely visible. In conclusion Wat Khao Takiap could be a spectacular tourist draw if the powers that be would only pay attention to it. Sadly our rating of this visit is summed up in two words: DO NOT GO.
Written February 11, 2020
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Gow
Carmarthenshire, Wales115 contributions
Feb 2020
The temple was amazing, lots of steps to the top of the temple, but the views was impressive. The Buddha's was amazing too, lots to see. We took taxi, but you can take baht bus too and walk a few hundred metres. There are monkies running around, but they don't seem to bother people. Recommended.
Written March 4, 2020
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DH
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg378 contributions
Nov 2019
The whole area seems to belong to the monkeys, so beware :-)
Partly nice and interesting, partly would require serious repair works and certainly some cleaning as well.
Donations asked majorly for the cats, dogs and the monkeys.
Minimum of fitness required due to the steps and the up and downs of the hill.
At least, the site is not overcrowded by tourists...
Written January 13, 2020
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Kevin N
Kilcoy, Australia31 contributions
Oct 2019
I didn’t quite know how to react here. I had never seen monkeys “in person” before and some of these had huge teeth and a bad attitude. Feeding time was interesting in that first in got the food. Temples were run down but interesting. Hua HIN, I think is the pick of Thai towns.
Written April 12, 2020
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David D
Nottingham, UK112 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Was going to take a walk on the beach but the tide was in so not possible. Decided to go up the steps instead and found this place hidden away.
It was lovelly up there great views over Hua Hin and very peacefull
Hundreds of monkeys so be carefull with food. Lots of dogs and cats even some goats.
Little market up there and a nice Temple even higher up
Written October 28, 2017
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Magte
Malaysia83 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Transportation to Khao Takiap was super easy. The adventurous and cheapest way to go is by using green color Songthaew from any part of Hua Hin downtown (around night market area) which is B10 per person each way or from even furtherest around airport or opposite Plearnwan B20/person. Generally you can also hail the Songthaew anytime and anywhere along the Petchkasem Road. But the major pick up spot is at the opposite road of Market Village. Khao Takiap is actually the songthaew's last stop and starting route point till end route at the airport. So you will see many songthaew resting just like a bus station. Need to walk around 500m to the beach and the staircase to the hill and standing buddha. Magnificent sea view and breeze. If you have a strong leg, continue climbing the staircase to the temple. After viewing, there are plenty of seafood restaurant surrounding the foot of the hill.
Written July 21, 2015
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alwaf
Berkeley, CA29 contributions
Jun 2011
From the Hua Hin shore, you'll undoubtedly notice a large hill protruding into the ocean with several Buddhist monuments glowing with traditional gold and white colors. To me, the mountain promised an experience away from the typical attractions of Hua Hin, and it definitely delivered.

I was initially turned off by all the mischievous monkeys that sit at the base of the mountain and the number of stray animals hanging around, but eventually a Thai family from Nong Khai noticed my dilemma and offered to let me walk in with them. They were also tourists in Hua Hin and weren't afraid of stray animals.

The walk up to the top of Khao Takiap is full of things to see. From giant Buddha statues, to monasteries, to other colorful Buddhist shrines and even a whole colony of monkeys that you can get awfully close to. In fact, you can buy them some treats and just hand it to them. The monkeys seemed a bit dangerous so I would definitely avoid going through alone or in small groups, but with the Thai family around I felt safe and really enjoyed my time.

The best thing about Khao Takiap is the views you can get from the top. You can either look out onto the ocean, or face North to see the shore go on for miles. I even caught a few glimpses of the city to the West. Watching the shore made for a beautiful sunset view. Definitely a taste of the beauty of Thailand that is sometimes hard to find within the major cities there.
Written July 30, 2011
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