Three Pagodas Pass
Three Pagodas Pass is located about 22 km from Sangkhlaburi on the border between Thailand and Burma, but only accessible to visitors from the Thai side. This pass is named after the three small pagodas, possibly built at the end of the Ayutthaya period as a symbol of peace.
It played constantly a role in the Thai history: it was the entrance for the overland trade route from the Gulf of Martaban and the Gulf of Siam; the incursion route for the Burmese, a station for the Burma Railway (the Death Railway) during World War II, and a stronghold for the Mon and Karen rebels.
Wat Wang Wiwekaram
Located about 9 km from the town, Wat Wang Wiwekaram is one of the wonders of Sangkhlaburi, a Mon’s pride and the main temple of Sangkhlaburi. The temple; built on the donation of villagers; is the residence of Abbot Luang Pho Uttama, a respected monk of Thais, Mons, Karens and Burmese.
The temple itself is also Wat Mon due to its having predominantly Mon monks, Mon people in the area and the Mon village right next to the temple. The huge and beautiful Wat was build in a mix of Thai, Indian and Burmese Buddhist architectural technique. On the riverside there is “Luang Por Khao”, a large and exotic white marble Buddha image built in Mon architecture. There are also murals depicting periods of the Buddha's lives.
The top of the stupa contains Buddha’s relics from Sri Lanka. Near the stupa, there are lots of shops selling products such as clothing, cosmetics, wooden furniture at low prices. The monastery can be reached by bus or you can go there by your own car. The temple has no entry fee.
Wooden Mon Bridge
With 850-meter long, it is the longest bridge in Thailand, completely made by hand was built for comfortable transportation from the Mon Villages to the city of Sangkhlaburi. The bridge is excellent to see the unforgettable sunset or sunrise at the dam, provides also a spectacular view of Khao Laem reservoir.
In the rainy season the water level roughly reaches the top of the bridge, whilst in the dry season almost two thirds of the bridge’s structure is visible. Nowadays the bridge is closed to vehicles, including motorcycles, but bicycles are permitted.
Mon Village and the floating rafts
Known as Fang Mon is a very friendly village with people who haven’t been affected by consumerism, while your visit you will receive sincere welcoming smiles, the shortest way to visit the village is via the wooden bridge or by boat.