Off The Beaten Path: Chao Pho To Kong Shrine in Thailand

Hidden in the trees of a small hilltop along the coastline in between Koh Samet and Laem Mae Phim Beach is Chao Pho To 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 To Kong Shrine is definitely worth visiting if you are in Rayong province, even if only for the amazing view.

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Hidden in the trees is Chao Pho To Kong Shrine, a unique and off the beaten path destination in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho To Kong Shrine is a unique and off the beaten path destination 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 To Kong Shrine is a unique and off the beaten path destination in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho To Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand


Chao Pho To 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 To Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho To Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

Chao Pho To 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 Ko Samet island.

View of Ko Samet from Chao Pho To Kong Shrine in Rayong province, Thailand

About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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