Wat Huay Mongkol is situated about 15 kilometers from Hua Hin City center in the midst of a miniscule town and many pineapple plantations, it is famous for a 12 meter tall statue depicting Monk Luang Por Thuad. Luand Por Thuad might have died in 1682 but the mysticism and miracle works done by him still remains in Thai people minds today. Many Thai people like to visit Wat Huay Mongkol to pray for help and protection. Amulets with the Monks image are considered to protect the wearer against accidents and misfortune especially natural disasters.
The Wat Huay Mongkol is quite awe inspiring as it rises above the trees and can be seen from far away. At the temple you can walk up the stairs to see the statue close up and view how Thai people pray in a temple. It is also customary to walk under the huge wooden elephants flanking the Monks statue, this is considered to bring good luck for the future. Wat Hua Mongkol is still a functioning temple were the locals go to pray but also caters to outside guests with small shops selling religious items such as amulets and refreshments. Do also take a look at a statue of the Great King Taksin that can be found inside the temple grounds.
To visit Wat Huay Mongkol do dress modestly by covering your knees and shoulders if possible and do not wear skimpy clothing. You can take a taxi or Tuk to reach the temple, make sure you booked for the trip back to Hua Hin as there is little as far transport into town. This trip can be done on same day as Monsoon Valley Vineyard or Palau Waterfall trip as Wat Huay Mongkol is on the way.
- from 05:00 am to 10:00 pm
- free entrance
- from Bangkok – 205 km (2 h 40 min)
- from Hua Hin – 19 km (27 min)