A commemorative statue at Wat Huai Tai Sai depicts Luangpor Thonsuk, a venerated monk who sits with closed eyes in a classical meditation pose exuding calmness and serenity. The statue is a magnificent tribute which rises within five mezzanine floors to dominate the temple.
Ma Chi Pram (Khun Lek) was our welcoming host who posed as a diminutive figure alongside the main statue. She says the size of the statue exceeds that of Huay Monghol, albeit without the expansive base of that better known monument. Khun Lek has been a resident at Huai Tai Sai for the past two years which was when the official opening of the temple took place.
However the foundation was in 1967 on 32 Rai of Luangpor Dho’s parents land when a wooden Ubosot (ordination hall) was built over water where fish feeding (not fishing) is still available to visitors. The term Luangpor refers to an elder respected monk.
Apart from a warm welcome, Khun Lek will suggest you spend 100 THB on a small bell to leave on the 6th floor next to the large bell shaped roof of temple and will explain the significance of which side of the surrounding external walkway you choose to hang your bell.
The north side is for work promotion, the east for good luck with money, the south for good health and the west side is for ‘nemesis redemption’; or perhaps keeping you safe from your fears. Climbing to the 6th level is not hard with each floor having access to an external 360 degree of the surrounding countryside from the ocean to the hills and giving a different view of the main statue from mezzanine floors. Finally the highest level provides the best views but also a display of relics from other Buddhist cultures and other ornate displays. Wat Huai Sai Tai Where: Turn inland off the main Hua Hin to Cha-Am highway through an entry archway at the 205 kilometre marker; about 14 kilometres north from Hua Hin. After crossing the railway line the temple becomes visible on the left after another 200 metres. Open: Daylight hours everyday, although religious observances may restrict access on some days. Visitors should dress in a conservative way and respect the religious significance of the temple. Cost: There are no entrance fees although donations are always welcome. (Article by Hua Hin Today, June 2017)