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Home Page Site Map. site map for www.Thailand-Delights.com Tak Province, Page 12, Amphoe Mae Ramat, Wat Don Kaeo, Ban Boran.

Wat Phra That Doi Hin Kiu Overlooking Maenam Moei and Myanmar is Wat Phra That Doi Hin Kiu,

a hill top forest temple, just 11 kilometres northwest of Mae Sot. The Chedi is special as it is

constructed in the same style as Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Myanmar. In addition, the Chedi was built on

a rock which seems to have been balanced on the edge of a cliff.

Amphoe Ban Tak It was once a city of Tak and an important gateway to the west of the Kingdom of Sukhothai.

Wat Phra Boromthat and Ancient Tak City The area of Wat Phra Boromthat in Amphoe Ban Tak is the former site of Ancient Tak City. Lying along the bank of Maenam Ping, approximately 25 kilometres north of the City, the site contains several ruins including the legendary hill-top pagoda in Phum Khao Binth style ( of Sukhothai era ).

The pagoda was built by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great to mark his victory in the hand to hand combat on the elephants back against King Khun Sam Chon, the ruler of Muang Chot ( currently Amphoe Mae Sot ). The pagoda shares Myanmar's famous Chawedagong's features and houses holy Buddha relics. Locally known as the royal pagoda or Chedi Yutta Hatthi, it is located next to Wat Phra Boromthat.

The temple ( Wat Phra Boromtha ) itself is extraordinary with wooden door panels and roof decorations that are magnificently crafted. In addition, the story of the Lord Buddha is depicted on the temples wooden window panels which are covered in real gold.

Petrified Wood Ban Tak, This is the largest fossil of plants in Asia, located at Mu 7, Tambon Tak Ok in the national forest reserve of Mae Salit  Pong Daeng. The entrance is at Km 443 on Highway No. 1 ( Phahonyothin Road ). To access the site, use a lane opposite Ban Tak Hospital for around 2.5 km. This petrified wood is the largest one ever found in Asia; it is about 20 m long and 2 m in diameter. It is a kind of fossil produced by nature by means of soaking decaying plants in ground water which contains silica.

During the sedimentation, the replacement of molecules gradually transforms the plants into rock without further changes in their form and structure. Petrified wood is usually found in the gravel layer of soil. It was presumed that the formation occurred in the Quaternary Period, about 2 million years ago. Considering the spread of the existing sedimentary bench, it may be assumed that the formation occurred on an alluvial terrace of the Ping River in the past. Following a period of many changes, the river diverted its course to the present day location.

Tak Province, Page 13, Tak Province, Wat Phra That Doi Hin Kiu, Wat Phra Boromthat & Ancient Tak City.

Tak Province, Wat Phra That Doi Hin Kiu, Wat Phra Boromthat & Ancient Tak City.

Tak Province, Page 14, Umphang and Umphang Highway, Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary.