Wat Pho Bang Khla
Wat Pho Bang Khla
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The_Nomadic_Doctor
Washington DC, DC296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Couples
I almost do not want to share this place because I do not want it to be run by tourists, but I want to spread the word. Bang Khla is the temple of bats. Big fruit bats hanging from the trees. Hundreds of them. Don't go to the temple if you are not fond of bats, because there are plenty of them. The temple is about a 2-3 hour drive from Bangkok, depending on traffic.

However, if you are fan of bats like we are, I highly suggest visiting this temple. An old temple where the main attraction is the hundreds of bats that live on the temple property. They are fruit bats, so they are fairly harmless. Rumor is that the bats do not eat any fruits in the city, they go to the neighboring village to eat. It is their sign of respecting the locals and the temple. Interesting story!
Written January 25, 2013
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Sevin D
Bangkok, Thailand430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Awesome Flying Fox Sanctuary! Seen one Wat, seen them all (haha)! But not all have a colony of Lyle's Flying Fox! A rare sight indeed! 100s upon 100s of these giant bats just dripping from the trees. You will hear them well before entering the grounds and seeing them.

They squabble with one another constantly and move around. Occasionally one will take to the air and their true size revealed with wingspan just under 1 meter! For best views of them flying, go to the river steps and hang out. Every so often one will take wing and fly out directly over your head and the river. Be ready with camera, as these flights are common but quite limited in duration.
Written November 28, 2019
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TimO501_13
London, UK70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
It is bit further from Chachoengsao then we thought: you need the best part off the afternoon + 300 B for the return trip by tug-tuk to see it. The Wat Po is charming, quiet and in nice setting, but the only remarkable attraction are the fruit bats: trees are just full of them. They di not do much while we were there: just hang, preened themselves and squabbled: but maybe they go and fly of t feed at some other time of day. he trip to at Pho can be combined with the visit to Wat Saman Rattanaram Temple.
Written March 29, 2017
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Bhuwanai
190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
I Like this temple very peaceful atmosphere There are lots of giant bats, A turtle pound. If anyone has a chance to be in Chachoengsao not miss to visit this temple.
Written March 7, 2016
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Wee Mental Davy
Aberdeen, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A spiritual and reflective experience. It's not just about the temple of the reclining Buddha as majestic as that is. For me it's about the chilled vibe. The calming music and seductive smell of incense sticks, the irresistible Thai food, the worshippers praying in silent contemplation. It's a potent, alluring brew. Take time to park your bum for ten minutes to take in the sideshows.
Written September 15, 2012
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nortravel2013
Medicine Hat, Canada303 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
A nice area to take a stroll at the end of a long sight seeing say. Cats, dogs, and chickens roam the streets with complete freedom. It was late afternoon and I found it quite fascinating watching some bats hanging high up silhouetting the high still bright sky while others flying swiftly along the trees in the darker areas.
Written February 16, 2016
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tztoy
Israel83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Not your usual Wat- with no tourist frenzy, souvenir markets and the such.
Very serene, old Wat where time seems to move slower.

But the greatest attraction are the fruit bats.
Hundreds of them, hanging from all the trees in and around the Wat.
If something is flying above you, most likely it will be a bat, and not a bird....

At the entrance, there is a small tower you climb and watch the bats real close.

About 2 hour drive from Bangkok, and you can combine with other great attraction of Chachoengsao for a great day.
Written September 20, 2015
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
It seems every temple in Thailand seeks to be different and put forward different "attractions" to bring in merit-makers. Wat Pho Bang Khla has to be among the most unusual as it provides "home" to a large colony of fruit bats (often called "flying foxes". The trees are hanging heavy with the furry flying mammals, and caution is advised if you want to avoid unpleasant precipitation from above! The bats are quite a spectacle, however, and well worth seeking out. The temple is situated alongside the Bang Pakong River, which makes for a peaceful and attractive setting. Tip: if you want a close-up view of the bats, you can climb a few meters up a small tower just inside the temple gate, taking you up to tree top level and eye-to-eye with some of the roosting bats. There is no charge to enter and wander about the temple grounds.
Written April 22, 2023
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BangkokSachse
Bangkok, Thailand42,303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
The temple is peaceful and clean. We went to the funeral at the opposite to the temple. The bats are big and are the main area of the temple.
Written January 18, 2019
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Michael Nguyen
Quy Nhon, Vietnam8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
It is near a river so it's fresh and great.
But it has a lot of bats => really dirty. But it's really attractive and strange with me. :D
I took a paper from here what talked about my future. I prayed at there.
Written June 6, 2015
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