Wat Thammikaram Worawihan is a fairly dilapidated Buddhist Temple in the Southern Thai town of Prachuap Khiri Khan (about an hour away from Hua Hin) but it has two fantastic features which make a visit a ‘must do’ on any tour of Southern Thailand:
- Wat Thammikaram Worawihan is located on the top of Khao Chong Krajok hill overlooking the bay of Prachuap Khiri Khan and the 360 degree views are stunningly.
- Khao Chong Krajok hill and the temple itself are home to a large troop of macaque monkeys which roam freely largely unafraid and unbothered by human visitors.
Travel to Wat Thammikaram Worawihan
The first part of the journey to Wat Thammikaram Worawihan is to reach the base of Khao Chong Krajok hill in Prachuap Khiri Khan town. The staircase up to the temple starts on the Sao Noi Road some 900 metres from Prachuap Khiri Khan Train Station and 750 metres from the Prachuap Grand Hotel, which is our recommended hotel in Prachuap Khiri Khan.
From the staircase at the base of the hill you must ascend 245 metres up 418 steps to reach the temple. Unless you have mobility difficulties the walk up the stairs is not that difficult and it will take between 5 and 15 minutes depending upon how quickly you climb stairs. There are plenty of places to stop and sit down to look at the view if you getting tired.
Monkeys at Wat Thammikaram Worawihan
The monkeys at Wat Thammikaram Worawihan are largely disinterested in humans, except that is for humans with food.
You can enjoy seeing the monkeys at close distance at this temple but please don’t forget these are dangerous wild animals and occasionally visitors are bitten. Please don’t let that put you off visiting but we recommend that you follow this guidance about staying safe around wild monkeys in Thailand:
- Young Children: Do not take children under 8 years old to this temple. Children aged 8 to 14 should remain close to their parents at all times.
- Never Feed the Monkeys: It may seem fun, but the monkeys become excitable if they see or smell food and this can lead to bites and scratches.
- Move Slowly and Be Quiet: Sudden movements and loud noises can provoke a threat response.
- Never Try to Touch: No matter how tame a wild monkey may seem, you are very likely to get bitten if you try to touch them, hence the advice about keeping a close eye on children.
Views at Wat Thammikaram Worawihan
There are great view from all four sides of the temple. In particular look out for:
- North View: Mouth of the Bang Nom Rom River and distance mountains of the Khao Som Roi Yot National Park.
- West View: Out to sea and the headlands and small island around the bay of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
- South View: Prachuap Khiri Khan town and the long beaches of the sweeping coastline.
- East View: The main Wat Thammikaram Worawihan temple complex at the bottom of the hill
Small Temple at Wat Thammikaram Worawihan
The small temple on top of Khao Chong Krajok hill is a small part of a larger temple complex of Wat Thammikaram Worawihan.
This hilltop temple has an ornate prayer hall, a small stupa, a large bell, an open sided pavilion, a Buddha statue and an accommodation block. There no public toilets and no shops selling water or snacks. Bring your own water.
Location of Wat Thammikaram Worawihan
- Sao Noi Road, Prachuap Khiri Khan