…Top Ten Wats / Temples / Shrines around Sichon.
Given that I’ll be leaving Sichon shortly, I thought I take a last tour of all the wats in the area. There’s no shortage of them. Probably more in each Thai town than there are Indian Restaurants in a UK town.
A few I’ve visited before – actually, the first three below – but they’re always colorful in the bright sunlight, and it’s no hardship to revisit.
So, let’s get started…
- Chinese Temple On The Hill:
- No Name Thai Temple:
- Chao Por Muang Tong Shrine:
- Wat Pratum Tayakaram:
- Wat Sa Si Mum:
- Wat Don Sala:
- Wat Suchon:
- Wat Khao Tasak:
- Wat Tham Thian Thawai:
- Wat ATM:
This and the next one I can’t find on Google Maps, so I don’t know the correct names. That’s a bit surprising since they seem to be the principal Chinese and Thai-style temples in Sichon.
Anyhoo, I think this one’s my favorite. Not only is it colorful, but it sits on a hill with superb views of the town, the hills, the river and the sea…
This one is just around the corner from the Chinese Temple, only a couple of hundred meters from the sea. You have to drive up a long driveway before reaching this…
Coming from the sea, just where you would normally make a left turn to go into the main town, there’s a small road on the right that leads to this colorful Chinese shrine.
Nice location too, right by a river…
This is just on the edge of the town and covers a huge area.
It is the only place where I encountered more than one or two people. There was some kind of meeting taking place, so I didn’t stay long…
Leaving Sichon town I drove a short way up highway 401 until I found this wat.
Not much to get excited about…
Crossing over the 401 and heading back towards the sea, I stopped briefly at Wat Chom Tong where there was absolutely nothing worth photographing except for the scenery…
So I continued on to Wat Don Sala which is set in large and peaceful grounds.
But just what these guys on the right are up to, I’ll leave to your imagination.
Then I continued further towards the coast until I found Wat Suchon. Rather plain, I’m afraid…
Next, it was into the hills until, after a spot of off-roading…
…I found Wat Khao Tasak hidden in the jungle. It’ll probably be nice when they’ve finished it..
And from there, I headed back down the 401 to go south of Sichon. I was supposed to visit Wat Manee Prasit but somehow missed it. Next time.
On the way, I went by another wat that’s almost in Sichon, but chose not to go in as there seemed to be a funeral/cremation taking place. Or they’d just chosen the next pope…
Instead I found Wat Tham Thian Thawai some ways inland. Another large area with attached school
And last but not least it was back into Sichon town to pay a visit to Wat ATM. Here, the monks in the adjoining building – if you are suitably polite – will give you a secret card and four digit code.
These you can use in Wat ATM, where, if you are really patient, and do an appropriate amount of bowing to the horizontal mouth at the bottom of the Wat, you will be rewarded with an amount of money.
If you’re really lucky, it will be just the amount you had prayed for.
I visit this Wat often. Probably too often!