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Petchaburi,Thailand 19th Century Cave Temple

Visiting Awe Inspiring Wat Khao Luang!

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We are going south of Bangkok to Hua Hin for a few days. I had the chance to visit this extraordinary Temple in 2006 when nearby on my own. About 1 & 1/2 hours south of Bangkok and a little more than an hour north of Hua Hin, it was on the way. I asked our driver, Wi Nai to make a stop there. Wi Nai had never been there or heard about this place. I think he was skeptical. I told him we would see it together, that he would come in with us. What a spectacular sight! Again, we were the only westerners there, and the Temple was uncrowded. For those who remember the phrase, every turn inside is a “Kodak Picture Moment.”
I took this photo in 2006. It’s one of my all time favorites.
And this one in 2018:

A little bit about Wat Khao Luang:
Petchaburi was a favorite place of the Thai King Rama IV. Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (Thai: พระบาทสมเด็จพระปรเมนทรมหามงกุฎ พระจอมเกล้าเจ้าอยู่หัว), or Rama IV, known in English-speaking countries as King Mongkut (18 October 1804 – 1 October 1868), was the fourth monarch of Siam (Thailand) under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1851 to 1868. So it’s safe to say that this Temple was widely visited during his reign.

Outside Thailand,King Mongrut is best known as the king in the 1951 musical and 1956 film The King and I, based on the 1946 film Anna and the King of Siam – in turn based on a 1944 novel by an American missionary about Anna Leonowens' years at his court, from 1862 to 1867. During his reign, the pressure of Western expansionism was felt for the first time in Siam. Mongkut embraced Western innovations and initiated the modernization of his country, both in technology and culture—earning him the nickname "The Father of Science and Technology" in Siam.

But there’s no technology in this Temple! It’s much the same as when I saw it more than 10 years ago. And I suspect it’s similar to when King Mongrut would visit there. Today, I took so many more photos. Enjoy them!

So Many Small Shrines, So Pretty!

So Many Small Shrines, So Pretty!


We also visited Wat Matahat in the Center of Town.

Then we stopped at a shopping center food court which is always a safe bet fora quick lunch. A Spectacular Day!

Tip: Kuhn Wi Nai is a professional driver based in Bangkok. We met him when our Kanchanaburi hotel used him to arrange to take us there. I booked him directly to take us to Hua Hin. He drives a comfortable Toyota Camry and we like him. You can reach him at
66 084 699 7532 to go places in and around Bangkok.

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