Are you are traveling through eastern Thailand and want to see something unique and special? We would suggest you come and pay your respects to Buddha’s Footprint at the Khao Khitchakut National Park. The park is located in the Chanthaburi region of the east.
Khao Khitchakut National Park is situated just 17 miles northeast of Chanthaburi. The park is home to the mesmeric Khao Khitchakut Krathing Waterfall. And also home to lots of prehistoric cave paintings. But the most famous attraction in the park is the Buddha’s Footprint.
What is the Buddha’s Footprint?
Buddha’s Footprint is a massive upright rock that has the indentation of something that resembles the Buddha’s footprint. A special pilgrimage to the Buddha’s Footprint is like appearing before Buddha and is considered a very important deed for Buddhists.
Thousands of people each year visit the natural monument and temple. Many like to visit in the months of February and March. This coincides with the Magha Puja holiday time. You don’t have to be Buddhist to appreciate this monument, but if you are, it will have a deeper meaning.
Make sure you come and pay your respect to the Buddha’s Footprint. We can assure you that you will feel something spiritual within you.
You will need to make a trek to find the monument with a starting point at Phluang Temple. You can get a 4-wheel drive vehicle to take you up the steep 8km route up towards the peak.
Once you reach the dropping off point, you will then need to trek for a further 1.2km that will take you to the mountaintop. Once at the summit, you will be greeted by some mesmerizing and elevated views. You will see several geological phenomena at the Buddha’s Footprint such as the impressive stone pagoda, the stone that is shaped like an upside-down monk’s alms bowl, and also the hermit cave.
Visiting the Buddha’s Footprint is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some, so make sure you take advantage of this while visiting the stunning Khao Khitchakut national park.
Khao Khitchakut National Park
The Khao Khitchakut National Park is home to the Buddha’s Footprint and also lots of stunning natural features and the impressive 13-level Khao Khitchakut Krathing Waterfall. This waterfall is the main attraction to the park and attracts lots of foreign travelers.
The park is situated over a total area of 59 square kilometers and is a fantastic place to visit for the day. The three main waterfalls at the park are called Klong Chang Se, Kra-ting and Klong Kra-sue. We would suggest that you trek along the 13 levels to get the best experience possible, and although that can take 3 to 4 hours for the roundtrip, it really is worth the hassle.
Merging both the majestic Buddha’s Footprint, the stunning waterfalls, dense rainforests, stunning natural wonders and an elevation that reaches up to 1,085 meters high, or alternatively 3,560 feet at its peak, the Khao Khitchakut National Park really is something to behold.
We would suggest that the best times of the year to visit the park and the Buddha’s Footprint weather-wise are during late-November to mid-March. The monsoon season in Thailand usually comes between April and November, so make sure you choose the ideal time to visit the park.
Please note: If you are visiting especially to see the revered Buddha’s Footprint and want to see it at the best possible time. We would suggest you visit during February and March when the festivities are in full swing.
Buddha’s Footprint & Khao Khitchakut National Park
Address: Khao Khitchakut National Park, Pluang, Khao Khitchakut District, Chanthaburi 22210
Phone: 039 309 666
GPS Location: 12.868402, 102.113900