This is Thailand – Amazing Temple in The Mountains

Today we visit Wat Phra Thad Pha Son Kaew Temple in Phetchabun in northern Thailand. See info below. We also take you to lunch where we meet Jay from Eight Miles From Home. Afterwards we had dinner at Maruay’s restaurant about 4 KM from our hotel at the Elephant Sanctuary. In my next video I will be showing our walk with the Elephants. Thank you for watching. Follow me on Instagram at joegreenwtf and email me at

Wat Pha Sorn Kaew (Thai: วัดพระธาตุผาแก้ว; meaning: temple on a glass cliff), also known as Wat Phra Thart Pha Kaew, is a Buddhist monastery and temple (Wat วัด in Thai) in Khao Kor, Phetchabun, in north-central Thailand, about 5 hours drive north of Bangkok. The Wat is set on an 830m peak, a few hundred meters from the town of Kheam Son on the main highway 12, between Phitsanulok and Lom Sak.

The main pagoda and surrounding buildings are adorned with over 5 million colorful mosaic tiles and pottery items and is set in a mountain location.[1] 5 sitting Buddha statues were already finished. There is a stained glass gazebo and a smaller pagoda in the gardens.

The main Wat exterior, gardens and adjoining buildings are complete and open to visitors, although not all of the interior of the main temple is complete yet.[2]

Currently, there is no well-developed tourist infrastructure surrounding the site. It is only accessible by private car or tour, as there is no public transport from the nearest towns of Lom Sak, Phetchabun or Phitsanulok.[1]

There’s a local bus from Phitsanulok which can stop about 2km from the temple (on highway 12). For more information ask at Karma home hostel in Phitsanulok.


  1. Thank you for sharing really enjoyed watching this and the guys eight miles from home knew they were going to Thailand but so surprised to see him on your Vlog so I’m subscribed to the three of you guys and you all do a fantastic job

  2. Hello Joe fantastic video beutifull drone shots the last time i was there that white Buddha had scaffolding i did mention we stopped in a fantastic hotel with awesome views brillliant Joe i got it all on video as well but not the fantastic ariel shots you got great job dude.

  3. That was so beautiful, I’m looking forward to traveling around the middle parts of Thailand myself. At lunch Som had the good food, sorry but that pizza and spaghetti didn’t look very good. Looking forward to seeing the footage from the temple and elephant sanctuary. Thanks for sharing, many blessings to you, Gift and family🙏
    Cheers 🍻

    1. Watch the video again, the drone was quite a distance away from the temple and I did not fly over it. It’s amazing how great a $2,500 drone camera works. All the best!

  4. Thanks, Joe for all your videos. Always good to watch. Much appreciated.

    Lucky you did not actually go to the Wat Pha Sorn Kaew temple as you would have seen all the “No Drones” signs there. I have no idea how they would police that. Obviously, they did not shoot yours down. LOL

    1. Thank you 🙏 for watching. Believe it or not the drone was quite a distance from the temple, If you watch the video carefully, you will notice it in the camera work. All the best!

  5. Joe those of us on OA visas can travel at will within Thailand but the hotels must do the TM 30 and we return with no requirement to report to Immigration since the hotel already did TM 30..correct?

    1. Sorry my friend I don’t provide advice on Thai Immigration requirements or laws. I do however share my experience. When I travel within Thailand and check into hotels, I give them my passport and to my knowledge, the hotel management is required to pass my information unto Thai Immigration. When I return back to my residents, I call my landlord and let her know that I have returned from my trip, in turn she notifies Immigration that I am back at my residents. It is always best to check with your Thai Immigration office and let them answer any questions you may have in regards to living and traveling in Thailand. All the best!

  6. Foreigner Joe, great episode. Jay and his family from Eight Miles From Home were my first Thailand follow years ago when they were living in Chiang Mai. When they left Thailand, I searched for other couples and found Chuck and Paige. Through them, I’m subscribed to you. Funny how this came full circle! Your drone shots are great. Keep the real world visitor content coming. Appreciate ALL of it. Thanks.

    1. It is my friend. Temps dropped at night to
      11 Celsius and in some locations it can get even more cooler during the winter months. All the best!

  7. Just getting a chance to catch up on your videos. Beautiful scenery and drone views. I gotta get me a drone one day. Thanks for sharing and you two stay safe. 🙏👍

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