Off The Beaten Path: Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong, Thailand

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This is most likely the only Thai navy ship shrine in Thailand This is most likely the only Thai navy ship shrine in Thailand © Derek Freal

Hidden in the trees of a small hilltop along the coastline in between Koh Samet and Laem Mae Phim Beach is Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine. It's one of the more than 40,000 temples scattered across Thailand and easy to drive past without even noticing. However Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine is definitely worth visiting if you are in Rayong province, even if only for the amazing view.

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand
This is most likely the only Thai navy ship shrine in the country.

The entrance to the temple and several small, colorful, elaborately decorated shrines are located at the base of the hill. Grab a handful of incense sticks, light them using the flame and then proceed to place three incense sticks at each of the three small shrines (in clockwork order starting from the shrine located furthest from the hill). The remaining incense are for the giant Buddha.

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

After finishing proceed up the stairs to the rest of the shrine. Even before this specific shrine was built, local fisherman have long since used this spot to pay homage before going out to sea.

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

As beautiful as the shrine is, don't forget to spin around 180 degrees and soak up the amazing view of Koh Samet island.

View of Koh Samet from Chao Pho Tho Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Derek Freal

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Derek is a perpetual wanderer, cultural enthusiast, and lifelong traveler. He loves going places where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, as well as places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo (supposedly its healthier and more efficient). Say Hello On Twitter!

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