Top 10 Things to do in Sangkhla Buri, Thailand

December 22, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best top things to do in Sangkhla Buri, Thailand including Wooden Mon Bridge, Khao Laem Lake, The Underwater Temple, Wat Wang Wiwekaram, Chedi Phutthakhaya, Mon Village, Sangkhla Buri Market, Three Pagodas Pass, Scenns Thai cookery and culture, Kroeng Krawia Waterfall.
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1. Wooden Mon Bridge

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand +66 93 124 1420
Excellent
58%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
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4.5 based on 290 reviews

Wooden Mon Bridge

It is the longest wooden bridge in Thailand and it was built for comfortable transportation of people living in Sangkhla Buri and Mon Villagers. Nowadays the bridge is closed for vehicles but you can still walk over the wooden bridge. The bridge is a popular place to see an unforgettable sunset or sunrise at the dam. You also can take a bath like the Mon kids.

Reviewed By Dao1949 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

It was an interesting wooden bridge that spanned the harbor area with many boats below and numerous pedestrians. But personally it was not so exciting for me and the shops in the area also didnot offer many interesting clothing or handicrafts. The most disappointing thing was that it was next to impossible to find a good restaurant here-even in the resorts. We were even turned away by one resort telling us that their restaurant was closed in the afternoon. Very disappointing and it was a long drive through the Mountains to get here too!

2. Khao Laem Lake

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand +45 30 64 61 45
Excellent
55%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Khao Laem Lake

Reviewed By Charn P - Bangkok, Thailand

Khao Laem Lake or probably better call it a dam is formally known prior to its official name of Vajiralongkorn Dam after our Crown Prince. It is a concrete-face rock-fill dam with 1,019 meters in length and 92 meters in height stretching across the Kwai Noi River. From the effect of the dam, a vast body of water was formed. The dam created variety of water activities as well as solitude area for visitors to appreciate nature at its best. Along the bank of the dam, villagers has started various hospitality business catering to visitors to the area.

3. The Underwater Temple

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
37%
Good
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Poor
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4 based on 95 reviews

The Underwater Temple

Reviewed By MinickL

The story behind why these temples are flooded is quite sad. The valley where these Mon villagers lived was dammed and flooded for the purposes of a hydroelectric project. The villagers were relocated to higher ground in Sangkhla Buri but their temples were flooded or became accessible only by boat. The temples are exposed for 4 months of the year during the dry season and the villagers still go to their temple when they can. Tourists can visit the temples by long tail boat. It's about a 45 minute return trip to see three temples for 500 THB. It is worth the visit as the Reservoir is gorgeous and the temples are eerily beautiful. On our visit one of the temples was almost completely underwater and you could only see the top of the building. One of the other temples is on an "island" and is accessible via a short uphill walk. The last temple is partially submerged and our boat skipper expertly piloted the boat right to a "door" so that we could get out and walk around in the temple. Apparently, this isn't always possible - it depends on how much rain they have during the rainy season. If you're in Sangkhla Buri it's definitely worth visiting the temples. We went at around 4pm and had perfect light for photos. It wasn't too busy with other tourists either.

4. Wat Wang Wiwekaram

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
43%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
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4 based on 79 reviews

Wat Wang Wiwekaram

Reviewed By Charn P - Bangkok, Thailand

The original Wat Wang Wiwekaram is semi-submerged in the dam and being refer to the Underwater Temple. The present Wat Wang Wiwekaram Temple had been inspired by Luang Pho Uttama to rebuild on higher land. Visitors should find time to see both temples and appreciate the strong religious believe of the local residences. Even though progress had taken away their beloved temple, the Karen and Mon Villagers pickup themselves and built another temple to continue with them believe.
FYI: Luang Pho Uttama also inspired the local residences to build the Wooden Mon Bridge. Our late King Rama 9 was a believer of Luang Pho Uttama for all the great deed he had done for the Karen and Mon residences in Sangkhla Buri.

5. Chedi Phutthakhaya

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
35%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Chedi Phutthakhaya

Reviewed By LH M - Peterborough, Canada

Most of the renovations are now complete and it really is a stunning chedi that dominates the Sangkhla Buri landscape. The design is not traditional Mon, but it's a brilliant design that resembles an art deco structure with hundreds of different Buddha images in various materials set into the gilded surface. It was constructed with local Mon support and it symbolizes a triumphant assertion of Mon identity amid hostile surroundings.

6. Mon Village

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
6%
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4 based on 50 reviews

Mon Village

Reviewed By PATCO060 - Geneva, Switzerland

The village is very nice with beautiful traditional Thai houses. Do be done in the morning when the monks go around for donations.

7. Sangkhla Buri Market

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
36%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Sangkhla Buri Market

Reviewed By RKS S - Belfast, United Kingdom

During the day the main portion of the market is inside the covered structure opposite the 7/11 which has several stalls selling a wide variety of the freshest fruit some of wich you will not recognise. There are meat stalls with flies in abundance & fish stalls, with the the fish swimming in large containers. On one side of the covered market consists of a row of local restaurants each selling local delicacies. In early evening, a new market appears in the road beside the row of restaurants consisting of small stalls selling even more food which is cooked in front of you & the smells of the fresh food is as varied as the fare.

8. Three Pagodas Pass

Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
Excellent
11%
Good
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Satisfactory
43%
Poor
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Terrible
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3.5 based on 137 reviews

Three Pagodas Pass

Reviewed By MR2006 - Newcastle

As we were nearby I chose to visit there. A high army presence but they were entirely friendly to me and my driver.
The chance to stand on the place where the ancient invasion of Burma against Thailand took place was historically worthwhile.
The change around now of the bustling and efficient Thailand against the divided and racially divided Myanmar was striking as the Thais tried to legitimately protect their borders . Nothing much beyond the three pagodas at the site but the chance to visit the largest wooden bridge in Thailand
The sunken temples and the sail around the man made lake was spectacular and the people delightful.
A long trip from Bangkok even with my experienced vet competent taxi driver but with the new and reason able accomodation there that would be preferable.
Do not miss the Mon market accross the bridge very reasonable and the same in Banglok pure cotton and unique designs were at up to three times the cost,

9. Scenns Thai cookery and culture

73/1, Moo 1, Soi Si Suwan Khiri | Nong Lu, Sangkhla Buri 71240, Thailand +66 80 602 3184
Excellent
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5 based on 14 reviews

Scenns Thai cookery and culture

Sawasdee Kaa, Welcome to Scenn's Would you like to understand Thai culture better; through Scenn's Thai cooking, Thai language or Thai dance tutorials? Whether you stay at Scenns or elsewhere you will be welcome. Deep in the spectacular Western Forest Complex, an incredibly rich & bio-diverse wild habitat covering 18,730 square km., is Scenns home, in the small town of Sangkhla Buri. In this ideal atmosphere for study, at the very heart of nature, you will find Scenn's ofering; a truly unique cultural experience through Thai cooking, Thai dance & Thai language lessons. Classes are held in a spacious, cool country house in a walled and gated compound with Gardens. Step by step instructions are given by a fully qualified and experienced professional teacher in a serious but enjoyable way with a sprinkling of humor. Scenn's offer includes cool & spacious guest rooms and a small stage. Down the garden path you will find many exotic edibles. Visit the lesser seen Sangkhlabu

Reviewed By Denise G - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

My friend Rosalind and I had a wonderful afternoon and evening learning Thai cooking with Sai in her home at Scenns. This was after a visit to the local market in the morning to buy the fresh produce for our cooking demonstration. Sai kindly told us about the different Thai vegetables and spices that we were going to use in our cooking. We also saw fresh coconut milk being made. We had lots of fun and Sai showed great patience with our efforts at preparing and cooking the food. Charlie and Sai were wonderful hosts in their home. I would thoroughly recommending taking a Thai cooking class with Sai at Scenns.

10. Kroeng Krawia Waterfall

Highway 323 | Prang Phle Subdistrict, Sangkhla Buri 71240, Thailand
Excellent
26%
Good
61%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
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4 based on 15 reviews

Kroeng Krawia Waterfall

Reviewed By Sandy T - Worcester, United Kingdom

A series of small Waterfalls tumbling down among the trees into various pools before running off into a river further away. Parking very close by so easy to access and plenty of shade when the temperatures are very hot.

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