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“Wat a disappointment ”

Wat Siriuttho (Wat Kham Chanod)
Ranked #2 of 2 things to do in Ban Dung
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

The location is stunning. I visited on 2 occasions, once from afar watching the massive home made rockets being set off to induce a season of good rain fall. Which was a great spectacle.
The second time into the grounds itself and again the location of the forest and the density of the trees is surreal.
Unfortunately to say it how it is, from a foreign tourist point of view, it is so popular with Thai people, that you can hardly move. Everyone is in each other's personal space and to have the serenity of saying a prayer is difficult.
The parking is in muddy fields and thereafter the greeting of a plethora of hawkers selling overpriced T shirts, food, trinkets and lottery tickets is amazing.
The tonnage of flowers brought in to make offerings is incredible and so is the plastic bags left behind.
The cynical side of me wonders why the obvious commercial benefit to the area is not translated into better facilities for the people who visit.
I hoped that my visit would be inspirational for me it left me frustrated.
I write this from a tourist point of view as I know the site is revered by Thais.

Thank Bob293916
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Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

This temple is very popular with the Thais, who believe that a visit to this temple will bring you prosperity. Many believe that visiting this temple will also help you choose the winning numbers in the Thai lottery. (I'm serious.). This is why there are hundreds of people selling lottery tickets at the temple.

The temple itself is nothing spectacular. The scared sites are across a bridge on what is actually a beautiful jungle island. You walk along this bridge that is flanked on each side by a recreation of the mythical naga, a snake with 7 heads that is rumored to live on the island. The actual temples on the island are extremely small, and are packed with Thais trying to pass through and pray. On the afternoon that we visited, it was so crowded that you could barely move between the sites without squirming through people.

The jungle on the island is actually very beautiful. There were many large bee hives bigness in the trees, and we even spotted a small swarm of bees hovering 5-10 meters above the crowd. I also spotted a large banana spider in a web hanging just above a walkway.

My recommendation for tourists is to visit if you are around the Udon Thani area, but I would not recommend traveling several hours from Bangkok or Chiang Mai just to visit this way. There are many more spectacular temples all over Thailand.

Thank Khundawg
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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Went here with my wife's Thai family it is a place the Thais go a lot and was very interesting I found myself doing all the activities even trying the lottery tree but I have to say that didn't work

Thank Stuart P
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Religious site for paying respect to Payanak (naga) Lord Srisuttho.

Peaceful and scenic walk (barefoot) in the forest via a bridge (pebble wash floor) flanked by two payanak sculptures.

Parking lots available in wat compound, also food stalls and some inexperience souvenirs.

Experience Thai heritage and religious beliefs. Recommended.

Thank supersupha .
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Reviewed 22 February 2016

Kam Chanot is a Buddhist temple near Ban Khan Chanot , Amphoe Ban Dung , Udon Thani Province in Northeastern Thailand .
It is located in the Wang Nakhin area at a lake where the Naga , amythical large snake , is supposed to be living .
Visited by many Buddhist form all over Thailand , believe to bring good into their lives
It really was quite an experience , hot outside , once you go in its quite cool , amazing

Thank Scott J
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