One of the perks of living in another country is that you get to visit new places during your spare time. Takua pa is just 50 KM from the Khao Sok Paradise Tree House Resort and I got the chance to visit this town with a few colleagues. We went there on a business purpose but we decided to make a few stops around the village and engross ourselves into their rich culture. Its good my phone has still enough battery for us to take pictures along the way.
The name Takua Pa originated from “Takkola” as the city has been sufficient in spices specifically the cardamom plant, called by the Indians, Takkola. The locality still has an admirable reminder of its history as one of the most important tin mining areas in Thailand dating back a century.
At Takuapa Old Town “Talad Gao” you will find 200 year old houses. Both sides of the main street are imprinted with buildings in Chino-Portuguese architecture. They say it is best to be there early morning to wander around the quaint shops.
Sunday is a good day to visit when the main street is closed to traffic to become a local market and showcase for various goods .
Another impressive sight are the old Camp Walls which a former governor had built to surround his residence in 1857 and contain no brick or stone being made from only sand and cement.
Takuapa Market and River Plaza are in the new town “Talad Yanyao” (near the bus station). It’s a regular local market which sells fruits , vegetables, meat and seafood. The Plaza has some good shops and a few riverside restaurants.
This is also where the “little amazon” tours take place on the picturesque Yan Yao River. Basically the guide will take you thru untouched scenery of wildlife in the area.
(Picture of the Chinese temple in the Takuapa old town (Talad Gao), where the Chinese vegetarian festival is held by the local Chinese community every year)
We also visited a Buddhist temple where they display statues of goddess Matsu of the sea
and protect fisherman’s in the sea.
There were a lot more interesting places to visit, but with not much time. Like the Tsunami Memorial Park, Bang Sak Beach and the ancient town of Baan Thung Tuek and all of them at a reasonable distance from the Khao Sok national park. Nevertheless, We had a great time exploring the neighborhood and I’m sure we would see more of on our next visit.