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Introducing Wat Hin Mak Peng

Overlooking a lovely stretch of the Mekong, this vast forest temple is centred on a cliff rising out of the river. The very peaceful temple is respected by Thais because of their reverence for the founding abbot, Luang Pu Thet, whom they believe reached enlightenment. Several monuments in his honour, including a lifelike wax statue and a glistening chedi, are found around the grounds. Visitors must dress politely: no shorts above the knees or sleeveless tops.

The temple is midway between Si Chiangmai and Sangkhom. Sangkhom-bound buses from Nong Khai (50B, 2ΒΌ hours) pass the entrance, and then it's a longish walk to the buildings.