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Bat temple (Wat Tham Pha Ya)

Thai name : วัดถ้ำผายา

GPS : 17.5764669,101.8954743 (See on the map)


Located about thirty kilometers from Loei, Wat Tham Pha Ya is famous, not for its architecture or its Buddhas, but for a phenomenon that occurs every evening a little before sunset: the flight of millions of bats who live in a cave in the mountain behind the temple. Between 5 pm and 6 pm at a time that varies slightly depending on the time of year, it is a real cloud of bats that flows into the plain. Really impressive ! It takesabout 15-20 minutes to empty the cave of its occupants who go hunting at night and return to the cave at dawn.

The cave is accessed by a staircase at the left of the temple's ordination hall. It's up to you to choose if you want to see this black cloud coming out of the cave as close as possible or prefer to watch it from afar. As you can see in my photos, I decided to be at the entrance of the cave.

Practical information about Bat temple (Wat Tham Pha Ya)

No admission fee
The flight of millions bats takes place between 5 pm and 6 pm.
There is no local transport to go to Wat Tham Phaya temple, you will need to have your own transportation or hire a tuk-tuk to go there (considering the distance, it should cost around 1200 THB for a round trip between Loei city and the cave).
Take a flashlight with when you go because at the end, when you will go down from the cave, the visibility maybe very low.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Bat temple (Wat Tham Pha Ya) 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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