Khao Khitchakut, Chanthaburi
Pay respects to the Buddha’s footprint on the sky-high mountain peak of Khao Khitchakut in Chanthaburi province. Read more
Chathaburi town is known as the town of the moon (Chan). Chanthaburi province is filled with tropical rain and mangrove forests and the town is suitable as a base for ecosystem touring and can be a place for relaxation at the same time. There is fishery on the coast where tourists can explore the living culture of the people. Chanthaburi is also a big market for the jewel industry with many expert artisans. Read more
Chantaburi, the city of gems is popular throughout the world and is known as “the kingdom of gems”. Chantaburi is especially famous for its red gemstone known as Siam Ruby. This jewel and also topaz and amethyst are commonly found at Amphur Taa Mai and Amphur Klung. Anyamanee Road is situated at Srichan Road, Tambol Wat Mai, Amphur Muang, Chantaburi and is open Fridays to Sundays 10 am until 3 pm. Here, tourists will find many shops that sell gems and can learn the techniques of preparing them. The technique to get a nice gem is to heat it to more than 1,000 degree Celsius for 4 to 5 hours in order to get a clear and dark colored piece. Read more
The area known as Taa Luang is the old business quarter of Chantabun, situated on the west bank of Chantaburi River. This is where Chinese and Vietnamese have lived since the Rattanakosin Era. There are many old houses in the colonial style; a combination of Western and Chinese styles. The buildings are built next to each other in a curved line and decorated with carved wood. Many shops still preserve the old styles such as a hair salon that was built with wood, and a Chinese folk medicine shop. Read more
Paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on the mountain peak of Khao Khitchakut in Chanthaburi
An act of making a pilgrimage to the Buddha’s footprint equates to appearing before the Lord Buddha and is considered as a great meritorious deed. Consequently, thousands of people have journeyed to the peak of Khao Kitchaket, to pay reverence to the footprint of the Buddha.
Khao Kitchakut national park is fertile and lush. For waterfall lovers, there are three dazzling waterfalls called Klong Chang Se, Kra-ting and Klong Kra-sue. The annual event to pay respects to the footprint of Lord Buddha has been held for a long period. According to strong religious belief, this is the best way to perform good deeds and advance perseverance and overcome difficulties.
From the starting point at Phluang temple, you have to get on a 4-wheel pickup that takes you on an eight-kilometer steep route. Then, you need to walk for another 1.2 kilometers. On the mountaintop, it is possible to spot several geological phenomena related to Buddhist myths, including the stone pagoda, the stone in an upside down monk’s alms-bowl shape, the hermit cave, Indra’s motor racing tracks, as well as gigantic stones that look like a turtle or an elephant. From the breezy peak, you can easily see Chanthaburi center. If you have not been there yet, do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Tourists paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut should try some local food. For example, Cha-muang pork curry, Thai spicy stir fry with cardamom leaves, boiled domestic fowl with cardamom seeds, fish and termite mushrooms in non-coconut milk curry, coconut crabmeat chili dip, spicy papaya salad and Mon-thong durian.
The ceremony to worship the footprint of Buddha is held every year, and it lasts for a couple of months between Chinese New Year and Magha Puja day (late January to March).