Wat Phu Tok is arguably the best tourist attraction in Bueng Kan Province to the north east of Udon Thani, and it really is quite stunning. If there is any drawback, it is that it’s a fair trek from Udon Thani city, being located about three to four hours east of Nong Khai (another 40 minutes from Udon by car). It’s name literally means ‘Temple of the Table Mountain‘, although it is not actually a mountain as it is someway short of being 500m high.
There are seven levels of wooden ladders, steps, rocks and roots on the mountain which represent the seven levels of spiritual enlightenment in Buddhist philosophy.
Inside caves and sitting on cliffs, there are many meditation huts which are used by monks from all over Issan. Wat Phu Tok is a quiet mountain and a place of peace and respect where many Thai’s and other Buddhist followers climb to the summit to practice meditation. For the visitor, it’s the fantastic views that are a draw, in addition to being something very different.
Wat Phu Tok
Location: Na Saeng, Si Wilai District, Bueng Kan 38220 Thailand