Contact: located at the foot of a hill some 7 km. from the provincial town on the Mae Klong River Tel. -
Wat Tham Mangkorn Thong lies on the foothill in the west side of Kwai Noi River. The temple was built in 1904 in the reign of King Rama V. It was named after the reddish 95 steps stair that was shaped as two dragon bodies stretched out to the entrance of the cave, a highlight of the place. The cave is 100 meters high above the ground. It is a small cave with two lion statues set down at the entrance and Chinese style decorations all over walls and doors.
There are many beautiful stalactites, footage clues of Buddha, a 100 year old Buddha image placed inside the cave. Besides, the Buddhist sanctuary is counted as a place for deed performed by Buddhist monks. Please be reminded to keep calm while you come over at the place as there would be many monks praying at the time. Moreover, there is a nature trail inside the cave that any visitors can walk through. The temperature inside the cave is cool, even in the summer and warm in the winter. Many people believe that anyone who pass through the cave to the other exit on the hill and keep on praying will get whatever they wish to.
You can spot the performance of the floating nun here at Wat Tham Mangkorn Thong. It has already been descended for three generations and been well-known among both locals and foreigners. The show runs every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A ticket for the show is 10 baht each. In addition, in the first week of June, there will be a Luang Poo Joi festival as well as the ordination ceremony.
Wat Tham Mangkorn Thong opens daily with no charges for an entrance fee.
How to get here:
Wat Tham Mangkon Thong is situated at Wat Tham Mangkon Thong road, Koh Sam Rong Sub District, Muang District. Take highway number 3429 from in front of the city hall and cross River Mae Klong Bridge. Keep on going until you pass by Mae Klong Police station, turn left at Wat Tham Khao Laem junction and go for 3 more kilometers and you will see the entrance gate of the temple on your left.
For further information, please contact Kanchanaburi Provincial Office of Tourism and Sports; Tel. 034-520335 / 034-520089