Wat Luang Khun Win
Wat Luang Khun Win (วัดหลวงขุนวิน) is a beautiful temple tucked away in the jungle, located in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Luang Khun Win is a hidden gem in the mountains. It takes around 1.5 hour from Chiang Mai city, but it might actually take a bit more. The place itself is gorgeous especially with the mysterious atmosphere under the mist in winter. And the fact that driving there is a bit challenging, keeps it beautifully peaceful.
Here is how to get to Wat Luang Khun Win
Starting from Ban Kat market in Mae Wang, going further up on the 1013 route towards Wat Sop Win (วัดสบวิน).
Around half an hour, you will get to Baan Sop Win (บ้านสบวิน). On your right side, look for this bunch of signs. One of them say "วัดหลวงขุนวิน" (Wat Luang Khun Win), turn that way. You will pass Wat Sop Win in a minute too.
You will see Wat Sop Win on your left. Then turn right here (follow the sign to Karen Eco Lodge).
Go right and follow the sign to Karen Eco Lodge.
Alright, now you're at Karen Eco Lodge. Good job 👌, then keep going.
In a moment, you will see this place. Go past it and follow the signs pointing to "วัดหลวงขุนวิน" (Wat Luang Khun Win)
Then you will get to a Karen village called Ban Huay Yuak (บ้านห้วยหยวก).
Turn left here (once you see a tiny local gas station at the corner).
You will see this, keep on going and follow the sign (วัดหลวงขุนวิน). The road will start to get cracky though but keep following the sign (hidden behind the bush 😅)
Now go straight, NOT the left. Then there will be this view.
At one point, you will get to here. Take the left route
Keep following the sign, then you will reach the (apparently small) gate. Usually it's closed but you can get in.
And there you go, Wat Luang Khun Win ☀️
Hope you enjoy the trip : )
OHHH, not only there is a beautiful temple hidden in the mountains but actually there is one tattoo studio in the mountains too. It's Baan Khagee Tattoo. From Ban Sop Win, it takes around 10 mins.
Baan Khagee Tattoo Chiang Mai
"we not only love to present nature tattoos but we are literally in the nature"
Baan Khagee Tattoo Studio is located in the mountains in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Mae Wang is a countryside area located further south from Chiang Mai city. Locals still live there in simple-relaxing lifestyles with diversity of cultures.
At the studio, you will be welcome by Nate, who is an tattoo artist who fascinated by local lifestyle.