Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine in Ban Phe, Rayong
Hidden in the trees of a small hilltop along the coastline in between Ban Phe and Laem Mae Phim Beach is Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine. It’s one of the more than 40,000 temples scattered across Thailand and easy to drive past without even noticing the Thai navy ship-shaped shrine.
Even if the promise of an intriguing Thai navy ship shrine doesn’t make you curious, Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine is still worth visiting if you are in Rayong province. Relax for a few minutes and enjoy the amazing view of Koh Samet. (photos at the end)
Hidden On The Beaten Path
Although located right on the busy road between Ban Phe and Laem Mae Phim Beach, nearly all farang drive past completely oblivious because most of the structures are shrouded by trees.
The entrance to the temple and several small, colorful, elaborately decorated shrines are located at the base of the small hill. Grab a handful of incense sticks, light them using the flame and then proceed to place three incense sticks at each of the three small shrines (in clockwork order starting from the shrine located furthest from the hill). The remaining incense are for the giant Buddha.
Welcome to Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine
Don’t Miss Koh Samet!
As fascinating as Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine is, don’t forget to spin around 180° and soak up the amazing view of Koh Samet, Rayong’s #1 island.
Where is Chao Pho tho Kong Shrine?
From Ban Phe head east along the beach road to the end of Hat Suan Son. After the road hooks left, take the first path on the right ― the entrance to Chao Pho tho Kong.