Wat Khao Takiap
Wat Khao Takiap
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  • Mr jones
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking
    What an incredible place. The views are outstanding. The temple is breathtaking. Lots of steps watch out for the monkeys they are quite charming and also very naughty. There are a couple of stalls selling bits and bobs. But the main attraction is the temples. They are so bright and colorful. I could have stayed all day it was so peaceful and charming definitely worth the trek up the hill.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Sarah
    Lincoln, United Kingdom636 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beware of the monkeys!
    Confusingly, a lot of these photos don’t resemble anything we saw at this site, which is run down and tatty, with lots of stray dogs & a plethora of monkeys who will chase you if you have food/soft drinks containing sugar. Having walked up from the fisherman’s village, there is little non-Thai signage (but Google translate is your friend here!) & once you’ve escaped the monkeys, there are around 100 steps up to the temple itself. Here you’ll be persuaded to part with cash by monks on cell phones who show little interest in you being there or it being a temple & appear to be there only to stop a monkey invasion. The views are amazing & worth the climb, but unless you want to see that or a filthy run down area, don’t bother. Sadly, they don’t seem to bother litter picking so the area is run down & rubbish strewn- though to be fair there are no bins & the monkeys will chase you & take anything they can from you before discarding it, so the issue may not be entirely preventable. i couldn't help but feel that the crumbling infrastructure & apparent total lack of care & pride in the area told the true story of the area which appears to be a money making mine for the monks rather than somewhere they have any pride in or keep nice to celebrate their religion.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 November 2023
  • bl0ndie72
    Ko Samui, Thailand3,396 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A steep climb
    Google maps took me all round the houses & through the fish market, past lots of monkeys & Soi dogs & then up a very steep road. It was nice at the top, but I was very wary of all the monkeys. They however weren’t as scary as a couple of the Soi dogs who barked at me non stop & followed me back down the hill. Nice views from the top.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 January 2024
  • jmblux
    Luxembourg740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it
    Rent a scooter, and drive 20 minutes. You will be at the end of the huge 9 km beach of Hua Hin. Climb the many steps, past hordes of wild monkeys, and enjoy the panoramic views.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 May 2024
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jmblux
Luxembourg740 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Rent a scooter, and drive 20 minutes. You will be at the end of the huge 9 km beach of Hua Hin. Climb the many steps, past hordes of wild monkeys, and enjoy the panoramic views.
Written 17 May 2024
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bl0ndie72
Ko Samui, Thailand3,396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Google maps took me all round the houses & through the fish market, past lots of monkeys & Soi dogs & then up a very steep road.
It was nice at the top, but I was very wary of all the monkeys. They however weren’t as scary as a couple of the Soi dogs who barked at me non stop & followed me back down the hill. Nice views from the top.
Written 17 January 2024
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Heathb76
Seoul, South Korea73 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
DO NOT GO HERE ON A RENTED MOTORBIKE. We went on a Wednesday morning, December 20, 2023. There were monkeys everywhere and they went straight to the motorbike. I tried to shoo it away and it got aggressive and lunged at me. We walked up the stairs to the temple, came back 15 minutes later and saw the monkey sitting on the motorbike and ripping apart the cushion. I guy with a slingshot helped get them away and then an 80 year old lady with a walker helped us but the monks did not do much. The monkeys are territorial and just nasty towards people.
Avoid it if you can and good luck.
Written 22 December 2023
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Sarah
Lincoln, UK636 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Confusingly, a lot of these photos don’t resemble anything we saw at this site, which is run down and tatty, with lots of stray dogs & a plethora of monkeys who will chase you if you have food/soft drinks containing sugar. Having walked up from the fisherman’s village, there is little non-Thai signage (but Google translate is your friend here!) & once you’ve escaped the monkeys, there are around 100 steps up to the temple itself. Here you’ll be persuaded to part with cash by monks on cell phones who show little interest in you being there or it being a temple & appear to be there only to stop a monkey invasion. The views are amazing & worth the climb, but unless you want to see that or a filthy run down area, don’t bother. Sadly, they don’t seem to bother litter picking so the area is run down & rubbish strewn- though to be fair there are no bins & the monkeys will chase you & take anything they can from you before discarding it, so the issue may not be entirely preventable. i couldn't help but feel that the crumbling infrastructure & apparent total lack of care & pride in the area told the true story of the area which appears to be a money making mine for the monks rather than somewhere they have any pride in or keep nice to celebrate their religion.
Written 22 November 2023
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Mr jones
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an incredible place. The views are outstanding. The temple is breathtaking. Lots of steps watch out for the monkeys they are quite charming and also very naughty. There are a couple of stalls selling bits and bobs. But the main attraction is the temples. They are so bright and colorful. I could have stayed all day it was so peaceful and charming definitely worth the trek up the hill.
Written 16 November 2023
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Alex Pang
Belait District, Brunei Darussalam62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Monkeys! They’re everywhere and make sure you keep your bag close and be wary of them. Have a monkey hissing back at me when I try to shoo it away from my ride. Not until the shopkeeper come with a sling shot did it left. With that said, the view at the top is nice and worth the stairs hike. I did went during a very hot season, so advice sunblock and shades.
Written 21 April 2023
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Madeline V
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
The temple itself is fairly run-down, but the gang of macaques that inhabit the area make a visit well worth it! Pack some water (the climb can get hot) and be sure to keep any purses zipped and sunglasses securely stowed. The monkeys are smart and will take advantage of you aren’t careful!
Written 10 January 2023
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megan171184
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Business
Located at Top hill the temple..alot of monkey arround..need to climb the stairway to up to the temple..good view from the top.A great place to visit.
Written 24 December 2022
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sunita
New Zealand44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Lots of monkeys!! We went mainly to see monkeys close up and we definitely got that. The surrounding area is pretty run down, rubbish everywhere. The monkeys have taken over and have created havoc. As my son called it, it’s like a monkey apocalypse
The view of Hua hin at the top of the stairs is pretty good.
The monkeys left you alone however I wouldn’t want to take food up there as I suspect you would get harassed by them. Some of the large male ones were a bit intimidating. We saw one jump on a motorbike, open the glove box and take some gloves out, my husband tried to shoo him off but he turned around barred his teeth and happily on it until a shop keeper arrived and told him to leave. Shop keepers are also armed with sling shots.
It was interesting watching them interact between themselves for a while. It looks like they get fed by someone which is good as keeps them content.
If you don’t like monkeys, this place if not for you.
Written 14 December 2022
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TravellingRedScarf
76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
This was a nice place, and is well represented in pictures. Here are a few details of my visit in case it helps:

Getting there: I got a tuk tuk from Village market for 300 BAHT, I suspect this was on the pricey side. I got the driver to take me all the way up the hill leaving only the steps to the temple. I then walked back along the beach. Be warned if doing this that a large section of the beach once you leave the base of the mountain there are not exits from the beach for about 20 minutes walk due to all the hotels.

What's there: at the top of the hill there appeared to be a cafe, and there were a few tourist shops. If you walk down the hill there is a bigger cafe and to the side of the hill is a restaurant.

Accessibility: As highlighted by others the stairs to the temple would not be ideal for all, however driving to the base of the temple there is still a nice view and plenty to see. There is a lot of patches of unmade road, but it's fairly flat.

The monkeys: they were fine. I just gave them space. I noticed they were keen to get into cars and they were pretty fearless about walking by humans! I definitely would not go there carrying food.
Written 6 September 2022
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