Wat Pho Bang Khla
THAI NAME: วัดโพธิ์
LOCATION: Bang Khla District in Chachoengsao Province
GPS: 3.72184 101.20261
Featuring a mix of the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin architectural styles, Wat Pho Bang Khla is believed to have been built during the reign of King Taksin the Great. Although its ancient wihan is noteworthy, what really draws a crowd of visitors here are a large group of fruit bats residing in the temple grounds. These bats hang from the branches of trees during the day and fly out to search for food during the night. And even though fruits are their favorites, these bats never eat fruits grown by Bang Khla people.
Wat Pho Bang Khla is 23 kilometers from Chachoengsao. Using highway No. 304 for 17 kilometers, then turn left to highway No.3121 for 6 kilometers, pass the Monument of King Taksin the Great, then turn left 500 meters. Also, another route is to travel by boat from Chachoengsao town at Tawan Ok Plaza pier, and land at the pier of the temple.