Wat Huay Mongkol is a must see temple in Hua Hin, originally called "Wat Huay Khot".The temple is situated in Ban Huay Khot area, about 15 km from Hua Hin, in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.
It has the largest statue of the Buddhist monk called "Luang Phor Thuad", who lived from 1582 to 1682. The holy monk is very well known in Southern Thailand for converting sea water to fresh water by foot.
The magnificent statue, which is about 11.5 meters height and 9.9 meters width, is set on a large mound. There is an equestrian monument for King Taksin the Great in front of the huge statue of the monk.
There are two huge wooden 3-headed elephants on each side of the statue. Local people like walking in circles 3 times underneath the elephant's belly wishing for good fortune.
In a short walk, Wat Huay Mongkol has decorated temple surroundings with a lovely lake and beautiful garden, where you can feed the fish and have a picnic. It also has an artificial waterfall and cave called "Than Mongkol Cave" (th:ถ้ำธารมงคล)
The place is really interesting, even if it is more intended for locals than tourists as Wat Huay Mongkol is one of the most popular and sacred places for many Thais from all over the country.
The temple is open daily from 5 am to 9 pm. There is no entry fee.
How to get there
By Private Car
From Hua Hin, take the Nong Plub - Pa La Ou route (Highway 3218). It's about 14 km to Tabtai sub-district, turn left at Nong Taphao Intersection, then go straight all the way until arrive at Wat Huay Mongkol Temple.
By Public Transport
There is no public transport to access Wat Huay Mongkol. You have to hire a songtaew or tuk-tuk from Hua Hin. Renting a motorbike and driving there by yourself can be worth it. The temple is quite far from the town.