Have you ever noticed how important mountains appear to be to mankind? They often have Temples, Cathedrals or War Memorials on top of them. This tour explores Thailand Temples and Military History while showing you some of the most spectacular Mountain Views that Thailand has to offer
This tour includes:
- A temple & shrine tour of Bangkok. Easily exchangeable for a market and shopping spree if you are “templed out”
- A drive to the Phetchabun Mountain Ranges stopping at the Buddhist Park (Black Buddha) and the Phetchabun City Shrine along the way .
- Scenic drives through Phu Tub Berk which was an opium growing area, but now grows cool climate vegetables and is a popular camping site (in season).
- A visit to Lom Sak to view the Wat Pha Som Kaew. This is arguably the most beautiful temple in Thailand with over 7 million mosaic tiles and breathtaking mountain views.
- Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park which has some interesting rock formations and mountain views. It also has an interesting military history of civil war where the Thai national forces fought with a Communist uprising for several years around the time of the Vietnam War
- A visit to a temple which has an interesting mix of Asian religious memorabilia, a vegetarian cuisine where you eat all you want. It is technically free but they appreciate whatever donation that you can afford. Then in addition to the temple they throw in some advanced emergency search and rescue services.
- A look at the “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 roughly 150 steps.