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Thailand - Tha Ton

An understated town with hidden gems.

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The mini bus from Pai dropped us off in a town about twenty miles out of Tha Ton so we had to find a local bus the rest of the way.
When our local bus finally arrived it didn’t get more than a mile before one of the tyres blew! Thankfully the driver had passed a garage on the other side of the road just as it happened so the bus limped back to get a new one fitted. No body was hurt but it did add over an hour to the already long journey.
With a new tyre fitted we raced to Tha ton.

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After the thrill and excitement of Pai arriving in Tha Ton appeared to be an anti climax at first. The place was a bit of a ghost town and there were no other tourists in sight. Normally we would book our hotel in advance but on this occasion we threw caution to the wind and decided we would rock up and see what we could find.

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After alighting the bus we sheepishly looked around. Thankfully there was a German chap drinking coffee nearby who recommended some riverside bungalows ten minutes away so we went to check it out. The place was perfect so we booked ourselves a couple of days and settled in.

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Tha Ton is a place that is quite understated and it’s treasures hidden. The next morning we ventured out for some breakfast and googled the local sights to check out. First on the list was Wha Tha Ton Temple (Phra Aram Lunag) and Wat Thaton Chedi temple. This temple overlooked the town of Tha Ton (Read ‘up a long and steep hill!’). The ascent was peppered with many beautiful Wats and statues along the way.
Wha Tha Ton Temple was a working temple with many monks in training beavering about setting up for the day’s prayers. Inside the temple were lavish paintings describing a popular Buddhist story.
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When we finally arrived at the summit we were met with a stunning statue of two huge dragons that required a good few minutes to take in all the details, a wonderous piece of art. Opposite was the exquisitely decorated Wha Tha Ton Temple.

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Inside the temple was more of a museum of Buddhist relics and modern arts than a temple used by monks. We spent a good few hours here as there was so much to take in.
The staircase that wound around the centre of the building was in the style of a spectacular dragon who’s head was at the bottom and as we climbed we could see the underbelly of the of the dragon in the floor above. At the very top was yet another beautiful diorama depicting two dragons and various other artefacts.
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The views from the top were breath-taking and we could see for miles around in all directions.
The following day we decided we would take a walk around the village nearby. This would give us an insight to daily lives of the locals. It was very sweet when the children would shout “Hello!” from within their homes.
Now the next adventure begins. We had booked a small ferry boat to take us the four hour trip along the Kok River to Chiang Rai.

Link to our Tha Ton Gallery here.

Posted by philosipha 05:11 Archived in Thailand Tagged temple wat riverside

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