Climbing the Wat Phu Tok in Bueang Khan


Step 6 of the Wat Phu Tok (about 40 km east of Bueng Kan, see location tag) consists of wooden pathways to the mountain rocks at a height of at least 60 meter. I did walk a part of it but then thought of the Thai way of safety and walked back to the more solid footpaths.


Although the actually temple of 'Wat Phu Tok" is located on the foot of the more as 100 meter high solitary mountain "Tok" the attraction of this temple are the meditation places that are all along the way of the mountain unto level 6 (step 6) according to the 7 levels of Lord Buddha to enlightenment.

It all begins at this cave at the foot of the mountain. There are toilets, parking and a place to rest. Next to this cave is the entrance to the stairs to heaven. Don't worry you can get back to life again.


The first 4 levels are wooden stairs that are going steep up. Be aware that if there are signs at all, they are in Thai. Not in English. So should I go left or right? I did choose left.


I did choose right this time .... actually some of the different paths come back to each other again. But there must be at least 10 different ways of go to heaven.


A narrow and steep stairs is leading to level 5, where is an view-point, toilets and of course an meditation place.


This guy has been doing meditation a bit too long!


View from level 5, where you can see one of the many lakes in this area.


View from level 7. The last level is reached by an steep stairs and then an jungle trekking around the plateau to the other side. It requires some climbing along trees. As meditation is all in your mind there are no buildings here. The view is magnificent, even with this foggy weather.

Tips 
1 Go early, very early. Be there at 7:00am
2 Wear good shoes and trouser
3 Take at least 1 bottle of water with you
4 Be prepared for about 60-90min walk up and 30min walk down
5 Have a clean shirt for when you are back down again
6 Walk carefully, very carefully
7 Be aware of Thai safety & maintenance
8 At the entrance of the temple are some shops that sell drinks and there is 1 simple restaurant

How to get there?
The mountain & temple are located in the newest province (77th) of Thailand "Bueng Kan". From Bueng Kan take route 212 to Chaiyaphun (east wards) and then take a turn right. You will be passing a beautiful area of lakes. Then just follow the signs. Just when you can see the mountain there are of course no signs anymore. You have to go all around the mountain to find the entrance of the temple.

Places to stay
Any hotel in Bueng Kan (40 km drive) like "Mae Nam Hotel" or "The One Hotel"
"Monprasit Resort" at Bung Khla, right along the Mekong river

For more information see Wat Phu Tok

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