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Valentine’s Day at Tampa’s Thai Temple

For a unique date this Valentine’s Day, take your honey to the Wat Mongkolrata Temple. Located a short drive from Waterleaf on the oak-lined Hillsborough River, the Thai Temple (as locals call it) is the perfect spot for a lovely date that offers gorgeous views, an insight into Thai culture and the opportunity to chow on delicious food!


Luckily, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year and the Temple hosts a Sunday market, rain or shine, every week. Journey the short fifteen minute drive from Waterleaf or travel by boat and tie up at the Temple’s dock, which is open to the public. The market opens at 9:00 a.m. and lasts till 1:00 p.m. – making it the perfect morning spot for a different kind of brunch date.


Enjoy a beautiful and peaceful morning on the river,while tasting traditional Thai cuisine that is considered the best around. Some of the delicious fare you will find at Thai Temple include hot soup, fried rice, kabobs, spring rolls, and more. The soup is as authentic as it gets, boasting curry spices and ramen with your choice of mixed vegetables or meat. Don’t miss out on the fried bananas – these things are addicting and will have you wanting to visit every Sunday just to have a taste!


In addition to a gorgeous riverfront view and traditionally prepared food- the Temple allows visitors to experience a traditional Thai religious service. Enter the temple to immerse yourself in Buddhist culture and enjoy a zenful meditation.


Wat Mongkolrata Temple makes for the perfect date any day of the year, but it makes for a cool and unique Valentine’s date that your sweetheart won’t see coming. To learn more about the Thai Temple visit www.wattampainenglish.com or check out their Facebook page to view some fabulous reviews and pictures.