Honour where honour is due, the first post of this blog will be devoted to Khao Chong Krachok (เขาช่องกระจก) which might be the most emblematic attraction in Prachuap.
Whether you arrive in Prachuap by road or by train, before you enter the city you’ll notice the hill and the temple on its top. Of course, a visit to Prachuap Khiri Khan wouldn’t be complete without visiting Khao Chong Krachok, so you will most probably be willing to climb it and enjoy the view.
Before you start your ascent, you should be aware of two things :
- You’ll need to climb 396 steps (some other sources say 395, i’ll let you verify by yourself).
- The hill is the home of a colony of macaques which are not the friendliest monkeys around.
That said, there no real danger climbing up there, just avoid to carry food if you don’t want to be surrounded by 10 hungry monkeys trying to rob you. You could also carry a stick to discourage any attempted mugging.
I also recommend you to climb the hill at dawn, so as to enjoy the sunrise. If you’re not an early bird, late afternoon is also a good time.
One more thing : the temple’s name is Wat Thamikaran, and it’s famous for housing a Buddha footprint. Nevertheless the most appealing thing up there is definitely the scenery and there’s no doubt you will enjoy it. Here’s a picture gallery of what you can expect :