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Mountain Buddha Temple Ao Nang
Mountain Buddha Temple Ao Nang
Mountain Buddha Temple Ao Nang
Wat Phu Khao Phra Maha Bodhisattva nicknamed Mountain Buddha Temple is located in Ao Nang just over 3 kilometers from the beach. It is often overlooked by Western tourists and but it is worth a visit, for its golden Buddha and other statues and for the view it offers.

Entering the alley leading to the temple, you will be under the benevolent gaze of the large Buddha statue installed at the top of the mountain. You can clim up there by a fairly steep main staircase with narrow steps. But on the left side there is a staircase that runs along the first one and is a little easier with normal sized steps. Personally, I went up by the central staircase to discover the statues on the way, but went down by the steps on the side. There also seems to be some kind of cable car but it was not in service nor in a good condition on my last visit (August 2023) and it probably won't be back in service anytime soon.

On the way during the ascent, there are several stages with statues including images of Buddha in various postures, white elephants, the Chinese goddess of compassion Guan Yin, sampao boats...

At the top, sits a golden Buddha that dominates the valley and just below, there is a platform with really realistic statues of 3 venerated monks. The view is beautiful. Some people come here for the sunset even if the sun does not set in line with the sight. But the warm colors that adorn the sky of the panorama offered by the summit still offer a nice spectacle.

Practical information about Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple

No admission fee
You can be blessed by a monk in the hall at the foot of the stairs on the right.

How to get to Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple ?

The Mountain Buddha Temple in Ao Nang is 3.5 kilometers from Ao Nang beach and 18 kilometers from Krabi Town. The easiest way to get to Wat Phu Khao Phra Maha Bodhisattva temple (its real name) from Ao Nang is to hire a tuk-tuk (there are always many tuk-tuks in front of the 7 Eleven opposite the Wake Up level). Hotel). He will take you to the temple, wait for you while you-re visiting it, and bring you back. I don't have a precise idea of the price because I went there with my car but it should be around 300 THB.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Ao Nang Mountain Buddha Temple is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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