Wat Phu Thok
Wat Phu Thok information
Accessed via a network of rickety staircases built in, on and around a giant sandstone outcrop, Wat Phu Thok is one of the region’s true wonders. Six levels of steps lead past shrines and gù·đì (monk’s hut or living quarters) that are scattered around the mountain, in caves and on cliffs. A 7th-level scramble up roots and rocks takes you to the forest at the summit, with fabulous views over the surrounding countryside and a truly soporific atmosphere.
It’s the cool and quiet isolation of this wát that entices monks and mâa chee (nuns) from all over Thailand to come and meditate here. Many of them do so on the summit, so be quiet and respectful up there. The route up the mountain symbolises that the path to virtue requires personal effort.