Wat Huay Mongkol is situated in Tambon Huay Mongkol, Hua Hin, Prachuab Khiri Khan Province. The temple is located about 15 km from Hua Hin town. All 10 of us (Ta Toy, Yai Noi, Yai Suan, Yai Nuch, P’Ning, P’Nat, Niw, Nik, Pee and me) went in Ta Toy’s truck. Noon didn’t join us as she needs to look after the small kids swimming at the beach.
The weather was very hot and I felt so exhausted. But luckily Ta Toy’s truck aircond was working pretty well. Wat Huay Mongkol is famous for Luang Por Thuad’s statue. Some says that the statue is the biggest statue of Luang Por Thuad in the world.
Luang Phor Thuad was the legendary Southern Thai monk, immensely popular with the Southern Thais and increasingly so elsewhere in the Kingdom for the miracles associated with him. The big statue was commissioned by Queen Sirikit of Thailand at Wat Huay Mongkol.
The huge Luang Phor Thuad statue is seated on a pedestal with four other smaller images in niches where the faithful can paste gold leaf on Luang Phor Thuad. There is a canteen where visitors can have their lunch for free. There is also a big donation box at the entrance for visitors to donate. However, it is up to them whether to donate or not.
After eating, we went over to wash the plates and spoons that we used. There’s a tip for saving. Just go to a temple with canteen. Donate 20 Baht and you can eat the buffet as much as you want. There is one temple in Ayuthaya which has a canteen like this as well. The food in Wat Huay Mongkol wasn’t bad at all.
There are two elephant statues with 3 heads located in front of Luang Por’s statue. Many visitors tried to place coins into the elephant’s mouth. I did after five or six times trying. It was quite difficult. For me, morning is the best time to visit as the weather might be cool and not as hot as in the afternoon. Other than that, there were too many tourists arriving by coaches from other provinces. The place was a little bit crowded the time we went.
Well actually before the Prambanan trip, I actually visited the Borobudur. It is a Mahayana Buddhist monument near to Yogyakarta. It is located in Magelang, Central Java. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside perforated stupa.
Hayashi and I walked around Borobudur and it seems like some of the Buddha statues are without head. Some were stolen as collector’s items and others were believed to be damaged by the Muslims in Indonesia. I am not sure how true it is but that’s what I was told.
It is around 45 minutes – 1 hour journey from Jogja city to the site. Well it depends on the traffic and driver’s skill. Our driver was very good. Honk all they way and I felt like in a roller coaster. We arrived less than 45 minutes. Here, I managed to get the local entrance fee as I spoke Indonesian to the ticket officer. The foreigner ticket is way too expensive as in Prambanan. Our cameras need a fee too.
The view was very beautiful. Here’s tip to avoid annoying locals who wanted to sell their goods. After visiting everything, DO NOT follow the board which will lead you to the exit (next to the gate you came in). You will need to walk very far plus go through many of local sellers which are selling souvenirs. Just follow the way where you came in and it is much nearer with no local sellers. The souvenirs that they sell are a little too expensive. Just bargain and if they do not agree, try to walk away. They will agree with the price. I bought 3 Borobudur Ashtrays with 5000 Rupiah as souvenirs.
Borobudur is a must and should not be missed if you are visiting Java Island. To get to the site, we booked a taxi (Toyota Inova) at a taxi counter at the Jogja airport. Transfer to the hotel + Borobudur + Prambanan + a lunch stop at a restaurnt + Transfer back to the hotel only cost around 2500 Baht. So we shared and paid 1250 Baht per person. The amount is too big so I quoted it in Baht here.
Today Noon went back to Thailand. Before sending her back, I did helped her to pack and remind her of her important belongings such as passport, air ticket etc. Well, after came back from the airport, I saw Noon’s Luang Phor on my table. Luang Phor is given to Noon by her father. It is a very important amulet for her and she kept it since she was small. According to Noon, Luang Phor protects her whenever she is in danger or difficult situation. I believe that both mine and Noon’s Luang Phor are the same which is known as Luang Phor Nak.
Luang Phor Nak lived during the reign of HM King Rama 6. Some sources said that he originated from Wat Wang Pong in Prachuab Khiri Khan Province. His statue can still be seen at Wat Hua Hin. He was known to be a good and highly revered monk. Indeed he was also well respected that the King personally asked him to create a batch of amulets.
Afterall, I wil be joining Noon in two weeks time. I hope she will be fine without her Luang Phor.