The Khao Takiab Temple or Monkey Mountain as it is known locally is one of Hua Hin's most well known attractions and is well worth a visit if you are in town.
A drive through the busy fishing harbour at the base of Khao Takiab and a steep climb with fantasic views of Hua Hin beach and the ocean you get to the top of the hill and Khao Takiab Temple.
At the top is your usual Thai Temple complex with shrine rooms for paying your respects to Buddha and housing for the monks. The main Buddhist shrine is at the top of a long steep staircase. Shoes have to be removed at the bottom of the staircase before making the climb to the top. Many Thai people come to this temple to wai phra (pay respects) and can been seen buying flowers, candles and incense sticks at the base to leave at the shrine.
Khao Takiab Temple Monkeys
The monkeys Khao Takiab Temple is famed for, remarkably keep clear of the stairway and shrine part of the Temple grounds, it is the only part of the whole area the cheeky monkeys do have any respect for. The rest of Khao Takiab Temple grounds are fair game for monkey shenanigans. Just to the left of the temple shrine steps is where you will find most of Takiabs monkeys. A woman sells small baskets of corn on the cob slices, banana pieces and peanuts that can be given to the monkey hordes who congregate around anyone with food. Be careful, although the monkeys are not dangerous they are crafty buggers and will grab anything not held on to tightly. I had an unopened bottle of coke in a plastic bag which was snatched unsuspectingly, duly removed, opened and drunk before I had a chance of getting it back. So be warned!
You have to keep an eye on those cheeky monkeys at Khao Takiab Temple.
Khao Takiab Chinese Temple
Khao Takiab also has a Chinese Buddhist Temple. Just a two minute walk around the corner. Take the road next to the monkey food selling stall heading down towards the ocean. Follow this road around to the right to be delighted. On a large raised area overlooking the ocean are many wonderfully decorated statues and pagodas. A large golden statue of the thousand armed Buddhist goddess Guan Yin (the one with many arms) overlooks area with another Guan Yin on a dragons back takes center place in the shrine. Everything here is beautifully decorated in bright gold, reds and blues. No space is spared of the detail and colour. The ceilings of the pagoda's are painted with cartoon esque depictions of ancient Chinese Buddhist stories, golden dragons climb the pagoda pillars and decorate every roof corner.
You can also have a go at getting some luck by throwing coins into the small hole located in Pu Tai's belly. A large golden staue of Pu Tai, also known as the laughing Buddha embody the ideals of the good life: health, happiness, prosperity and longevity.
Attraction type: Landmark/point of interest; Religious site; Viewpoint
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Khao Takiab village. Amphur Khao Takiab in Hua Hin.
Info and photos of Khao Takiab Beach click here.
Take a look at the beautiful Khao Takiab beach, located in at the south end of Hua Hin Beach at the base of Takiab hill and temple.