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Khao Ta Kiab

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The base of Khao Ta Kiab

The base of Khao Ta Kiab.

A few kilometers south of Hua Hin is Khao Ta Kiab, a rock that ends in the sea. From the beach you can see it stretch into the sea. On the rock is a temple, not so nice, but there are monkeys, and you can feed them.
Monkeys look nice, huggable, and they want to eat. But monkeys are not nice. They demolish everything, roofs, bags, cameras, hands. . . . Once they realized that you carry food with you - and you can buy food at the bottom of the rock - they go sniffing into your bag, or try to open your hand. If this does not succeed, then they still have their teeth, and they use it. No matter where you come from, what language you speak, what color of skin you have, everyone is equal to them.

The stairway

The stairway.

There are often visitors who do not know this. And so there is a group of people happily talking and eating bags of chips near the monkeys. Lots of screaming, no more monkeys and no more chips, and visitors a touch more red from the shock. The bags are often recovered later, by a helpful monk who pickes them up and returnes them, and he also points out where the waste basket is.

To get to the temple you go by car or bus to the beach at the bottom of the rock. Along a high Buddha image you reach the stairs, long and steep, you must make a little effort to go up. Once you are up, you can, except for the temple and the monkeys, also enjoy a nice view over the beach between Khao Ta Kiab and Hua Hin. If you don't want to climb, you can make a detour and drive up with a car. Or follow a path around the rock, it remains high, but it is gradually, and on the way you can eat and drink something.


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