Occupying the southeastern coastline of Thailand Koh Phangan is an island synonymous with the country’s Buddhist culture and heritage. As a venue that remains deeply rooted to its illustrious past and traditional values this engaging holiday hotspot is a dream come true for Buddhist faithfuls as well as intrigued culture buffs vacationing in Thailand. The island’s Buddhist identity is such that around 95% of the populace is made up of Buddhists and this breathtaking beachside holiday hotspot is littered with not a dozen but no less than 20 Buddhist temples. Among these religious institutions there is one that is truly cut above the rest in terms of historic significance as well as ancient grandeur.
With its name meaning “The Temple of the Small Mountain” Wat Phu Khao Noi enjoys the honor of being the island’s oldest and most ancient Buddhist structure. With a distinct air of mysticism and wonder surrounding it this iconic edifice is located at the foot of a small hill. Easily accessible from the five star resorts in nearby Thongsala the Wat Phu Khao Noi temple lies to the south of the heart of Koh Phangan. With a rich history dating back centuries it is a marvel that most of the temple’s outer structures stand to this day showcasing the building prowess and the ingenuity of the era’s artisans. Occupied by a handful of monks the venue is a serene setting in which the disciples of Lord Buddha meditate and study scriptures. Open all year round the Wat Phu Khao Noi temple is a secluded temple complex that is bereft of hordes of tourists and associated commercial enterprises. Those who wish to engage in a conversation with the few resident or meditating monks should visit the venue during the early hours of the morning.
Affording panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes the temple is equally renowned as a popular lookout point and observation deck. Allowing visitors to gauge breathtaking views of the mountain ranges and the ocean nearby islands located close to Koh Phangan can also be seen from atop the temple complex.
Travellers in search of luxury Koh Phangan resorts will be more than satisfied with the facilities at Rasananda Koh Phangan Villa Resort & Spa. Offering guests a resplendent rest in serene surroundings it is little wonder this elegant venue is ranked among the best Koh Phangan hotels in Thailand.