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View from Khao Chong Krachok

Prachuap Khiri Khan is a seaside town in the Gulf of Thailand about 280 km south of Bangkok. One of its attractions is Khao Chong Krachok, a small mountain (245 m) with a temple at the top (Wat Khao Chong Krachok) depository of relics of the Buddha and a replica of the Buddha’s footprint. Temples on a mountain seem to be quite common in Thailand, but this one has a peculiarity: it’s the home of a group of stump-tailed macaques. A 396-step stairway leads to the summit; an easy walk, unless you feel uncomfortable walking by the monkeys (and you could be surprised to discover who is not at ease with it!).

Very nice view from up there, with the Bay of Prachuap Khiri Khan immediately below, and the Bay of Ao Manao a little further south. Ao Manao (behind the isthmus connecting the large island to the main land) is the site where the Japanese troops landed on December 8, 1941; after one day of battle, the Thai troops surrendered and the Japanese could eventually use Thailand as a base for their war operations. Note the many tiles missing on the roof of the buildings. I haven’t read any explanation for this but have my own: likely damaged by the monkeys.

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