Wat Tham Pha Plong
Wat Tham Pha Plong
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Justine Cadman
Sydney, Australia434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Visiting the temple & it’s surroundings at sunrise was incredibly peaceful & tranquil. No crowds, nature at its best & seeing the monks preparing for Alms was very special. Reading the Buddhist signs along the path was meaningful. The 500 steps weren’t challenging early in the morning, including my husband helping carry supplies up as signage requests. A beautiful part of the world.
Written 8 March 2020
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Indranu H
Bangkok, Thailand552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
we went for bird watching and since it was close to our lodge decided to visit it. One needs to climb 500 steps to see the temple. Its in a cave at the top, Very picturesque settling and a slow climb.
Written 27 November 2020
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CookKim
Singapore192 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was a lovely walk -- we went up spontaneously the evening we arrived. It's 501 steps, but they're short ones and not difficult, and there are charming phrases all along -- about not complaining (about 100 steps up) and then about death (300 steps in -- Lol). It was peaceful and thought-provoking and absolutely gorgeous.
Written 30 March 2018
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MennoNaut
Zaandam, The Netherlands83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
Yes the the Wat is great, the way up theea (500) stairs with all the Dharma teachings too. The real gem is arriving here before 8 to witness the local villagers offering food for the monks. After prayer and the monks picking out their food, you help with carrying the food to the communual kitchen. Once done, you are invited for breakfast. Make sure to wash your dishes once your done.
Written 22 November 2016
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Fujimaytan
San Francisco, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
I went during the low season so there were no one apart from te monks who are living, practicing there. It was magical. Quiet steps that leads to the top is filled with Buddhist phrases, you can stop, sit and meditate for a while. The top cave is also beautiful and the place is kept spotless by the monks cleaning every day. I would recommend people who wants to have a spiritual experience.
Written 31 August 2018
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LarRanTravels
Flint, TX588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
This cave temple is located in Chiang Dao & is on a mountain. An amazing sight as you climb the 510 steps to the top. It starts out fairly steep but does get easier/better! It is well worth the climb. We visited on a Tuesday & there were only a couple other people there (not counting the Monks!). We did not encounter any aggressive dogs.
Written 16 July 2018
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Jenna B
Chicago, IL158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
The walk to the top is lovely. The steps are not steep and there are plenty of places to rest in the shade. The view at the top is good but not spectacular. Unfortunately there is a pack of dogs at the entrance gate that will bark, growl, lunge and certainly bite you. Perhaps if you’re with a large group of people it’d be fine but I was traveling alone and was unaware of the danger beforehand and had a very close call. Even if you came by car you’d still have to figure out how to get by them at the entrance.
Written 14 May 2018
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Chanya P
Chiang Mai, Thailand57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
Recommend to visit before 10.00 to prevent others after their breakfast as you will be only one there and it is very peaceful and quiet. Easy walking even more than 500 steps. Well done for path up there
Written 11 November 2015
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Trillian82
Cologne, Germany186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Wat Tham Pha Plong is a temple up the mountainside close to Chiang Dao. It is easy to reach, from 107 just follow the signs to Chiang Dao cave and go on after the parking lot until the street ends. The best part is the hike up the stairs with the Buddhist sayings all over the trees and rocks and the stunning setting. We were there on one of the many cloudy/hazy days and the views were quite nice, I am sure they are even more impressive on a clear day.

I would not go out of my way to visit this temple as it is quite far from Chiang Mai, but if you are in the area anyway, for example to visit Chiang Dao cave, it is definitely worth a stop. You can combine it with a drive through the rice paddies around Phrao (take 1150 – 1001 home to CM).
Written 20 November 2014
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GaryNSarah
Darwin, Australia31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
We rode the scooter up from Chiang Mai. We missed the sign as it was not in English, but found it when we turn around some 10 km down the road. Its actually about 70 km from Chiang Mai. well worth the visit. over 500 steps but after the first 200 it does get easier. Great view, amazing Wat, thoughtful sayings to read on the way up. Must do, not full of tourists and a bit more of a personal experience. Make sure you pay respect and wear the correct clothing otherwise you might be disappointed when told you are not allowed near the temple.
Written 22 August 2014
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