Khao Takiab Village is located about 7 km from the centre of Hua Hin, it is a village that has exploded as far as development in the last few years with new condos, hotels, restaurants and bars popping up every month. Many tourists like to live in Kao Takiab area due to its proximity to the beach and small village feel.
But most visitors that come to Khao Takiab are there because they want to experience Khao Takiab Mountain, also known as Monkey Mountain or Chopstick Hill. The hill itself sits at the end of Hua Hin – Khao Takiab beach. When walking to the end of the Hua Hin-Khao Takiab beach, you can see a hill jutting out with a huge Golden Buddha facing Hua Hin, this is Monkey Mountain.
Monkey Mountain can be reached by walking to the end of the beach and taking the stairs up to the viewpoint. It is a bit more work, but if you are lucky you will see the macaque monkeys that sometimes come down to beach to play in the sea. Just before the hill on the beach there is small restaurants serving delicious fresh seafood cooked the Thai way with affordable rates.
If you do not want to walk you can access the Mountain by a back road from Khao Takiab, that goes through a quint and colorful fishing village before reaching the summit.
On top of the Mountain there is various viewpoints that allow you see Hua Hin and even as far as Cha Am when the weather is good. On top of the Mountain is also Wat (Temple) Khao Lad known as the Monkey Temple. You can enter the temple, but do remember to remove your shoes and cover your shoulders and knees to show respect. Around the Temple grounds there is a lot monkeys, a few Souvenir shops and breathtaking views in every direction.
Beware of the Monkeys! It is very exciting to see large amounts of monkeys at once, but do be aware as many a tourist has lost their valuables on the Mountain. The Monkeys are known yank anything out of your hand, so do make sure to carry your valuables in a study bag attached your body such as fanny pack or back pack.
Best time to visit is during daylight
- free entrance
- from Bangkok – 205 km (3 h 05 min)
- from Hua Hin – 7 km (15 min)