Paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut

Every year between Chinese New Year and Makha Bucha Day (late January to March), there is a ceremony to worship the Lord Buddha’s footprint at Khao Khitchakut National Park in Chanthaburi province. The ceremony usually lasts for a couple of months. This year, it is scheduled to be held between 28th January and 28th March 2017. Click here for google map location.

The Buddha’s footprint at the Khao Khitchakut is said to be the highest in Thailand. It is believed that taking the long journey and climbing up to reach the peak of the mountain is a good way of making merit by showing ultimate respect to the Lord Buddha. Those who make the summit, despite of the crowds and difficulties have proved their perseverance.

To get to the top, visitors have to start at Phluang temple, then take a 4-wheel pickup vehicle that will take them on an eight-kilometer steep route. After that, devotees and visitors must climb a steep 1.2 kilometers to reach the peak. On the mountaintop, it is possible to spot several geological phenomena related to Buddhist myths, including a stone pagoda, the stone in an upside down monk’s alms-bowl shape, the hermit cave, and gigantic stones that resemble local creatures. From the breezy peak, you can easily see Chanthaburi town.

Throughout the two-month festival, pilgrims can take the shuttle bus to get there at any time as the peak it is open 24 hours during the festival. The opening ritual will be held on 26th January 2017 and the closing ceremony is to take place on 28th March 2017. Other than during the event, the park is closed to the public, so it’s well worth taking advantage of this time to visit.

7 comments for “Paying respects to the Buddha’s footprint on Khao Khitchakut

  1. Joe
    January 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Is it compulsory to take a 4-wheel pickup? Or is one allowed to walk?

    • Richard Barrow
      January 24, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I haven’t been yet but I believe it is a fair walk. The area actually has limited access as its only open this time of year.

    • Shirlyn Chan
      February 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I heard that it’s 21mins drive up the mountain. You should take the 4WD up. Once you are there, you need to start hiking upwards for approx 2hrs

    • Torben Retboll
      February 27, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I have just been there. We took the 4WD up and down. The ride takes about 25 minutes each way. The price is TB 100 per person (one way). It is a rollercoaster ride. You must hold on the whole time.

      I think you are allowed to walk up and down. There is a footpath along the dirt road but I do not recommend it. Save your power for the trail on the mountain.

      Hiking from the top camp to the Buddha Footprint takes about one hour. Hiking from the Buddha Footprint to the Red Cloth area takes about one hour.

      The first trail is easy. There are boardwalks and solid staircases almost the whole way. The second trail is much more difficult. This part is not recommended for young children or very old people.

      Do wear good walking shoes. Do not wear sandals. Avoid going on a Thai holiday and the weekend when the place is crowded. Going on a weekday is better.

      A ticket to the national park is TB 10 for Thais. Foreigners must play five times more: TB 50. Double pricing! This is not fair!

  2. Shirlyn Chan
    February 2, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Do you have the actual address of the place to park my car to take the 4 wheel drive?

  3. Darius
    February 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Hi, I wonder if there’s mobile coverage at the area.

    • Torben Retboll
      February 27, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I have just been there. Yes there is mobile coverage on the mountain.

Leave a Reply