Wat A Day - Chiang Khong

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  1. DavidFL

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    #1 DavidFL, Sep 22, 2018
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    Some post wet season beauty from wats on hills near Chiang Khong.
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    Chiang Khong is situated in a basin, bordered by the Mekong on the east & two mountain ranges, the Khun Ta in the west and the Doi Yao to the south-east.
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    South of town off R1020 & R1155, there are a couple of small wats on hills that over look the valley - Wat Phrathat Doi Jong Tong & Wat Phrathat Rattanakeree Sri Khon Nakhon; and the views from both these places are superb immediately after the wet season.

    Wat Phrathat Doi Jong Tong is on R1020 2 kms south of the R1155 junction & the entrance is here
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    Follow the concrete village road in the direction of the big Buddha head poking up over the forest
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    The Wat is only 750 metres off the highway R1020
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    after the chedi a path leads to the stairway & the climb to the top.
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    The views are fabulous & worth the climb
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    Note that in the bright sun it is a hot climb and the stainless steel rail on the stairways is bloody hot to hold onto!

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    Google Maps Location

    Wat Phrathat Rattanakeree Sri Khon Nakhon to come.
     
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    Wat Phrathat Rattanakeree Sri Khon Nakhon is off R1155 and you can see it from afar.

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    Turn off next to the school, 300 metres from the junction of R1155 & R1020
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    Follow the winding concrete road in
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    It's a total of 1.9 kms to wat car park with the turns nicely signposted

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    Towards the the wat, there are 350 metres of easy dirt & the village dogs may encourage you to move a long a bit quicker.
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    The final steep ascent to the wat is concrete & no problem.

    The view from the car park.
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    yep that's right another climb up the steps
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    Hope for the sun to go under while you make the climb or hold the hot stainless rails at your own peril.

    Confirmation of the temple name
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    The chedi is impressive
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    as is the tiled floor surrounding it - make sure you've got thick socks on when you take off your shoes, or just walk fast.
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    The views from Wat Phrathat Rattanakeree Sri Khon Nakhon are more spectacular & panoramic than Wat Phrathat Doi Jong Tong.
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    Well worth the hike up the stairway.
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    The google Maps Location

    Both these wats are close to Chiang Khong & your starting point should be the junction of R1020 & R1155.
    This junction is 16 kms south of Chiang Khong, just take the main highway R1020 & head south out of town to get there.
    Enjoy
     
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    Wat Phrathat Doi Ha Chedi is another hill top wat 20 kms south from Chiang Khong.
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    It is located on R1174 and has a majestic view over looking the valley.
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    From a distance you can see the chedi & Buddhas
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    It's seems to be an going work with lots of interesting construction and Buddha images
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    check it out sometime.
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    David
    Looks really impressive and great photos,and one to add to my list to visit this trip.
    Safe riding
     
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