Roughly around 6 kilometres south of Hua Hin lies Khao Takiab mountain. This mountain known mainly for its monkeys can be seen from Hua Hin beach as well. But what catches the eye immediately is the colossal golden statue of Buddha overlooking the endless sea!
Wat Khao Lad temple
Atop monkey mountain, also called chopstick hill is the Wat Khao Lad temple which is also famous as the monkey temple due to the number of monkeys living there. One can reach the peak in many ways. It is possible to take a tuk-tuk, taxi or motorbike ride up the hill. Climbing the steps is also an option for those who prefer the scenic route.
The enormous Buddha statue
This statue is a whopping 20 metres tall and can be seen even from afar. There is a steep stairway on one side of the statue allowing visitors to reach the top of the mountain. The atmosphere and scenery here are quite peaceful too.
The Chinese Temple
There is also a Chinese temple with several pagodas and statues. The highlight would be the remarkable statue of Guanyin, the Chinese Goddess with a thousand arms. One can also toss in a coin in the belly of the laughing Buddha for some good luck!
How to get here
If you happen to be spending the holidays at a resort in Hua Hin, perhaps a well-known one such as Avani+ Hua Hin Resort, getting here is quite easy. One can make the journey here by tuk-tuk, taxi or even the songthaew which is the cheapest option. The ride should cost about 20 Baht.