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Reviewed 4 March 2011

I don't know why this place got so many great reviews. My husband and I went there because we were told that it is an exclusive place to visit for peace, quiet and beauty. On our way to the beach, we saw a river/stream that was oozing a foreign white, opaque liquid along with what smelled like sewage. Yes, sewage...human waste! We explored the area behind the statue of Buddha, where it was gated and closed off to the tourists. It was where the local fishermen lived. The whole area smelled like a septic tank. It was horrible. And guess where it all drained into? The BEACH!!!! It was the most disgusting smell... And the town has the nerve to advertise it as a high-end resort town!! Everything was over-priced by 3-10 times what it costs in Bangkok and Koh Chang Islands. For example, a small bottle of water will set you back 30 Baht (v. 10 Baht). I don't mind paying a lot to enjoy beautiful, pristine waters as long as it is true! It was a sham, and we felt sooo ripped off.

Date of experience: February 2011
8  Thank Malit
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

The monkeys are a nuisance at Takiab hill. A few years back they seemed to be just at the top of the mountain around the bottom of the temple area. However now they are groups of them all around and down the hill almost to the fishing boat area. Their nuisance value is that you could be threatened by groups of 10 or more but the main problem is that they will snatch bags from you particularly if they know there is food in them. I have seen a monkey chase after a motorcycle and grab the plastic bag from the pillion passenger without her being aware until it was too late. If you have food they will surround you, try to distract so that the one behind you can do the "snatch". The only remedy is not to walk up the mountain from the fishing boats (it is pretty steep and arduous in hot weather anyway) but to take motor transport to the top. And when you get to the top the monks do actually have a kind of "left luggage" where you can deposit your bags whilst you walk around and up to the temple etc. There is no actual charge but a donation box is prominent for the privilege!

Otherwise "chopsticks hill" is quite interesting albeit a little grubby if you are not used to the basics. And at the "bottom" of the hill the eating places near the fishing boats are very reasonably priced compared with say the Night Market in Hua Hin if not quite as salubrious!!

Date of experience: January 2011
Thank MikeH187067
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Reviewed 18 December 2009

Khao Takiab is a beautiful place to stay - it is more quiet than hua hin town - a perfect place to relax. You can catch a local Song Taew to Hua Hin for only 10 baht and they leave every ten minutes. So you have the best of both worlds - somewhere quiet to stay (yet still has many places to eat) and can choose to vist somewhere more busy when you so wish. We stayed at the Pavilion guesthouse
(email [--]) which had huge rooms and terraces, very quiet and only 750 bhart (incl breakfast and free wifi) and only 50 m to the beach - perfect

1  Thank Thailandilove
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Reviewed 11 May 2009

This hill has a few temples, all very commercialised with tourist stalls. I find the area filthy and stinking, with rubbish everywhere.

3  Thank FMoz
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Reviewed 17 May 2008

we ventured up to khao takiab to see the temple and to see the monkeys glad we did. worth going.
there is a few market stalls at the bottom seeling nice things.
have a look at my monkey video footage.

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