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Visit Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park (Khao Sok)

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Located about seventy kilometers from the land entrance to Khao Sok national park and about the same distance from Surat Thani city, the Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park is a Buddhist complex with elements built on 4 mountain peaks. The highest culminates at 300 meters above sea level. The Phutawadi Gate which marks the entrance to the temple is very photogenic and famous. Many Thais only come to photograph themselves in front of it but do not go further. However, it is a big complex with incredible views from its peaks! It is now, I believe, my favorite hilltop temple in Thailand. Anyway, I loved being there for the sunrise and climbing 3 of its elements at dawn. The view you have on the way to his 2nd white chedi (the 3rd element) is just magical!

The Khao Na Nai community began settling here in 1975 when the area was under Communist Party control. When the Thai government ended its pact with the party in 1982, temples and schools were built, and among the projects was what is now known as Khao Na Nai Luang Dharmma Park . The ascent of the first 2 elements is quite easy and short, the one to the 3rd is harder but if you have the physical condition, do not miss it, it is a little before arriving at the white chedi that you will get the best view! And please, try to come and visit Khao Na Nai Luang Dharmma Park at sunrise, that's when it's the most beautiful!

Practical information about Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park

No admission fee

While it is quite rare to have the sun rising exactly in line with the front door arch, the Phutawadi door has often the warm colors of the sunrise as a background. Then, you can go high to contemplate the landscape. Higher and higher, element after element. If you can easily climb elements 1 and 2, you have to go down to the parking and go at the back to climb to the 3rd element, the one whose ascent is the most physical but which also offers the most incredible view. I did not find way to get to the 4th element built in bricks but already amazed and tired by the ascension to the 3rd one, I did not insist;).

Note that there is an enclosure with deers at the parking lot level, but that's not what makes this temple interesting. Watch out for stray dogs if you come at sunrise. They weren't threatening to me as it sometimes happens in Thailand but be careful anyway.

How to get to Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park ?

There is no public transport to get to Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park (which you will find as Thamma Park (Ban Khao Na Nai) on GoogleMap). You will need your own transportation to get here. Eric from Khao Sok Paradise should soon offer the visit of the temple at dawn for those interested (you can contact him via this page). Count one hour's drive from Surat Thani city or from the land entrance to Khao Sok National Park and 40 minutes from Ratchaprapha Dam.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Khao Na Nai Luang Dharma Park 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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