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Visit Wat Tham Mangkon Thong (Kanchanaburi)

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Presentation Wat Tham Mangkon Thong

Thai name : วัดถ้ำมังกรทอง
My opinion:
Wat Tham Mangkon Thong is a temple a little outside of Kanchanaburi city known for its floating nun.It is a real nun who practices a ritual ending up entering a small pool and floating there. There are bleachers around and to attend this ritual you surprisingly have to pay and not just make a donation at the end (see the price below). On week days, except when there are groups, the nun only floats if you pay for a private show. It is on Sunday that you are most likely to see it without paying the high price. Everyone will have their own opinion about this but as I visited the temple on a Wednesday, I chose not to pay for a private show and went to the staircase leading to the temple cave. Inside, the first room houses several statues of venerated monks, then you arrive at a branch with on the left a small room with the statue of a hermit and on the right a passage which obliges you quickly to walk on 4 legs before arriving at a ladder going outside and there ... you arrive in front of 3 statues easily accessible from the outside but if you like to crawl in caves in an adventurer mode, it can be fun to do.
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Practical information about Wat Tham Mangkon Thong

Free admission
To see the nun floating, it will be necessary to pay 20 THB per person if there are at least 20 spectators otherwise it is 200 THB to have ''a private show''. There are a lot more visitors on Sunday so on this day you will be more likely to pay 20 THB.

How to get to Wat Tham Mangkon Thong ?

The temple is located a little after Wat Tham Khao Laem.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Tham Mangkon Thong 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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