Visiting the Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang in Chai Badan

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The parents of my wife are old and life has not been kind to their health, although they themselves are also not kind for their own health. So this week it was time to visit the family of wife, a bare 600 km drive from Nan province in North Thailand. So we left in the very early morning and arrived in the afternoon. And every time driving over route 21 at Chai Badan we can see in a distance a huge Buddha image built on the flanks of a small mountain range. And on the way back we finally made a short stop. Short as we still had to drive another 500 km to home sweet home. Of course the name suggest already that there is some kind of cave at the temple. And the stairs going up suggest that there is a magnificent viewpoint. But as we were a bit in a hurry we skipped all that. Later I saw that you can actually also drive up to the viewpoint. Well never mind, must be said that once close by the Buddha image is less impressive as you think it would be. There are temple related shops, donation boxes and at the parking are in the trees are also monkeys. Following are a few snapshots I made.

Update : On the left of the temple is a huge farm, probably a chicken or a pig farm. And on the right side of the temple is a resort & restaurant with a huge park, but the entrance looks like it is closed for years. But it could still be open. 

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Detail of Buddha image at Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang

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Dragon stairs going up at Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang

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The Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang at Chai Badan, Thailand

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The Wat Tham Phrathat Khao Prang at Chai Badan, Thailand


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The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!