Phu Tub Berk and Wat Pha Sorn Kaew Tour
Set high in the Phetchabun mountain range, you will find the breathtaking Phu Tub Berk Viewpoint and the magnificent Thailand Temples of Wat Pha Sorn Kaew and Wat Tub Berk. This forms the core of this mountain tour. Depending on how many days you have available, this core can easily be expanded by adding any, or all, of several other attractions. This Mountain Views and Thailand Temples tour is currently our most requested tour.
For those on a tight budget, who only want to see the sunrise and sunset from the Phu Tub Berk viewpoint, we can arrange a one night stay. However I highly recommend a minimum of two nights. For those who want to fully experience the temples, national parks, cultural diversity and history of this area we could easily occupy your time for a week or more.
Things To See And Do In The Phetchabun Mountains
- Must do – Take a scenic drive through the winding mountain roads up to the Phu Tub Berk View Point. Many do this just for the breathtaking views. But there is also a rich culture and history here. Once an opium-growing area, you will now see the hills carpeted with cabbages and other cool-climate vegetables. We highly recommend staying as close to the summit as possible to watch the breathtaking sunset and sunrise over a sea of mist that this spot is famous for.
- Another must do is a visit to the spectacular Wat Pha Som Kaew featuring the five seated white Buddhas . This is arguably the most beautiful temple in Thailand with over 7 million mosaic tiles and breathtaking mountain views.
- Enjoy a coffee and a snack at the Pino Latte coffee and resort. This is not the cheapest coffee and snack in the area, but the spectacular views over the five Buddhas of Wat Pha Som Kaew are well worth the extra few baht you may pay for your coffee. In fact, they also have a resort perched on the side of the mountain. This you will also find is a little more expensive than other accommodation in the area, but if you want the memories, I recommend it as the best place to spend your first night in the mountains.
- Another spectacular temple, which is still under construction but nearing completion, is the Wat Tub Berk. There is an older original temple on the site but the new structure reaches 37 stories and 80.9 meters into the skies.
- Want to spend an extra day? Then add to your schedule a visit to the Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park and be intrigued by the interesting rock formations and soak in even more spectacular mountain views. You will also learn some interesting military history of a civil war where the Thai national forces fought with a Communist uprising. This civil war lasted for several years. It was around the time of the Vietnam War. As we drive through this area you will also have the opportunity to do some market shopping at Lom Sak markets.
More Thailand Temples, Markets and Mountain Views
- Venture a little further along Route 12, (the Thai equivalent to the famous Route 66) towards Phitsanulok and you will experience even more spectacular mountain views. You will see a temple which has an interesting mix of Asian religious memorabilia, You will be offered and all-you-can-eat vegetarian cuisine where you can truly eat all you want. It is technically free, but they appreciate whatever donation that you can afford. In addition to the temple, they also conduct some advanced emergency search and rescue services. One of the things that I found rather interesting is that you can sponsor a coffin. This will be donated to the family of someone that they were, unfortunately, not able to resuscitate.
- A little further towards Phitsanulok you will find a “Big Buddha Footprint” This is not just a die cast replica as you see in several of the temples but supposedly one of the genuine original footprints. It is located under an overhanging rock, or small cave, in the side of the mountain. This involves climbing a rather long stairway up side of a mountain. I forgot to count the steps last time I was there, but there is roughly 150 steps.
- There are also many waterfalls in the area, but which one is best to visit? It depends on the season and how much rain has fallen. Sometimes they are closed because the rivers are dry and sometimes they are closed because of flooding and possible danger to life. Our driver/guide tries to keep up-to-date on what is happening and will help you decide on the day.
- Have even more time? If you want some city culture and ancient history we can add a day or two and spend the time in the city of Phitsanulok.
- Have more time, but prefer to spend it with the local village people? We can take you to the local village of Khok Prong to go walking with the village monks (men only). After the walk, you join the monks and village people in a buffet breakfast. This is prepared by the nuns and ladies from the village, using the food that was offered to the monks on their morning walk.
Three Ways To Get To Phu Tub Berk
- For those that like to keep it simple, we pick you up from, and return you to, your Bangkok motel or airport. This is the simplest for you as we arrange it all. However the drive from Bangkok to Phu Tub Berk is about five hours and will vary depending on traffic.
- If you are a student, or a traveller on a tight budget, the cheapest way is to get to Phu Tub Berk is to catch a bus from Mo Chit Bus Terminal to Phetchabun Bus Terminal. We can pick you up from the Phetchabun Bus Terminal or from a motel close by.
- Those that prefer not to sit in a car for five hours and want to experience all there is to see between Phitsanulok and Phu Tub Berk, then we recommend you fly to Phitsanulok. This way you spend much less time in the car and enjoy a leisurely drive along Route 12, stopping at multiple attractions on the way.