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Visit Wat Simalai Songtham (Nakhon Ratchasima)

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Wat Simalai Songtham Temple Near Khao Yai

Presentation Wat Simalai Songtham

Thai name : วัดศิมาลัยทรงธรรม
My opinion:
Rarely mentioned in the book guides or websites abour traveling in Thailand, Wat Simalai Songtham is located about twelve kilometers from the northern entrance of Khao Yai National Park which is the most used entrance to visit this immense natural area. Built on a hill, it is a quite unique in Thailand that will not leave indifferent even the most jaded of Buddhist temples. Its architecture loaded with statues, paintings and details that mix Buddhism, Hinduism and animism make it an almost unreal place coming out of a fairy tale. It also offers a nice panoramic view of the surroundings.

The temple was originally a monastery with a pavilion and a cave where monks came to practice dharma. The cave is still a popular place for that activity but, for a curious tourist, it is rather the whole upper part that is worth the detour. Between the gardens below and all the elements up to the top, it would take hours to appreciate every detail of the decoration of this temple whose construction still goes on.

I couldn't verify but it seems there are illuminations at night which are also worth a look.

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Practical information about Wat Simalai Songtham

No admission fee
Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There is a collective taxi service to take you to the top of the temple for 30 THB per person but I really advise you to walk up to discover all the elements and levels. Otherwise, you'll miss much of the point of visiting Wat Simalai Songtham.

How to get to Wat Simalai Songtham ?

There is no public transport to get to Wat Simalai Songtham either from Nakhon Ratchasima city or from Khao Yai Park. You will need your own vehicle to get there.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Simalai Songtham 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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