This is a temple that I saw when I visited Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park around a month ago.
In order to get there a friend and I took a mini-bus from Bangkok south to the town of Hua Hin, which is about three hours away and on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. Hua Hin is a very tourist-oriented town, with many bars and resorts and department stores. They also have lots of places to rent motor bikes, and that’s what we did.
In Thailand you can rent a motor bike for about 200 baht, or just over six US dollars a day. You don’t even have to have a license. Incidentally, motor bike accidents are very common in Thailand. You also have to put a 60 dollar deposit down, but as long as you don’t scratch or break the bike at all and return it on time then they give it back to you later. Hopefully. We got our deposits back, which was nice. They also give us a free helmet. We filled the bikes with gas on our way out of town, which cost approximately four US dollars each, and that was the only time I filled mine for the whole trip.
This temple, and the rest of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, was about a two hour ride further south of Hua Hin. The park was beautiful, famous for it’s caves, beaches, and beautiful forests. We were visited at our camp sites each night by monkeys and the tide.
Here is a picture of our campsite. The first evening there we went swimming, after which we spent a couple hours getting very worried and trying to find fresh water to wash off with because our legs got very itchy. We figured it was because we had been stung by jelly fish.
Here are some monkeys we saw by the side of the road while out and about exploring on our motor bikes near one edge of the park. If you look closely, you can see a cute baby one.
This is a picture that was taken from inside the same cave as the large photo at the top of this post. We had to hike two kilometers up the side of a mountain to get to the entrance of the gave, then several hundred meters down into the cave to get to this point. It is a section of the wall to the right of that structure in the top picture that is famous because it was signed by several past kings. This is a picture of those signatures. Slightly underwhelming, perhaps, but there were so many nice-looking Asian tourists taking pictures of it that we felt that maybe we should too.