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“Love this place! Thai food picnic style!”

Wat Mongkolrata Temple
Ranked #18 of 196 things to do in Tampa
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Tampa, Florida
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Love this place! Thai food picnic style!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Thai food at it's best. Freshly prepared and made from scratch in front of you! It is cafeteria style, so you only pay for what you would like. And very fair prices, so load up your tray, pick a seat at a picnic table overlooking the Little Palm River and enjoy! They also have a plant sale, with beautiful plants and exotics..and they are CHEAP!

Visited April 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in Tampa”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Great location on the river. Awesome authentic & freshly cooked Thai food options - many options! The deep fried whole Tilapia was a favorite. Place to buy flowers, herbs & other items too. Don't be afraid to negotiate. Also, the Thai Temple is a beautiful site to look at and watch the followers involved in prayer. If you can get to Downtown Tampa, this place is only a few minutes away, open only on Sundays and a real treat especially on a beautiful sunny day.

Visited February 2013
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Gainesville, Florida
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20 reviews
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“Tiny but good Taste of Thailand in Tampa”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Do you like good Thai food? At a good price? With a little bit of that "unfamiliar cultural" feeling? Then on Sundays only, join the monks at their buddhist Temple, for a difference but good Thai lunch.

Visited March 2013
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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226 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Beautiful temple plopped in the middle of housing in south Tampa.... quite a surprise!”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

I had seen the reviews on Trip Advisor so we stopped by just to see it.... definitely easy to find, not far off Route 41 south of Tampa.... for us it was just a beautiful building with lovely grounds.... we were there on a Wednesday so there was no one else around.... would definitely check it out on a Sunday!

Visited February 2013
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Central Florida, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“SHHHH... Don't tell anyone!”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

I don't normally like crowds but this is one time I'll make an exception. Yes, Sundays are busy and it's the only day the temple opens to serve real traditional Thai cuisine. Temple volunteers man a variety of food booths where you can sample some of the food. You flavor your dishes yourself so no surprises on spices. Prices are no higher than $5. per dish It's difficult to decide what to try out as there are many choices. The grounds, along the Palm River, are peaceful and surprisingly relaxing considering the number of people there. We shared a picnic table with two Thai sisters who were very pleasant and informative. We strolled through the Meditation Garden which leads to the temple. The temple tself is open to the public with occasional presentations on Bhuddism. There's also a garden area where plants, including orchids, are for sale - again, at extremely reasonable prices. Will I go back again? You bet!

Visited February 2013
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