Story of Tiger Cave Temple
Tiger cave temple or otherwise known as Wat Tham Suea is around 3 km away from Krabi Town. The story goes to a Buddhist monk, Jumnean Seelasettho who wanted to meditate in the caves in the 1960s and at that time, he saw tigers roaming around. Hence the name Tiger Cave Temple.
But the best part is that the temple resides on top of a 600 m high karst peak. Karst are vertical outcrops of limestone which can be as high as 800m.
Here's a 2 minute video at the top of Tiger cave view point, you can see most of the scenic pictures at the bottom of the page.
The steep climb up of 1237 steps is truly arduous but you will be rewarded with magnificent views and a huge buddhist statue awaits you at the top. Truly impressive.
You can either take a tour inside the tiger cave or climb 1237 steps to see breath taking view of Krabi landscape.
Let's start by exploring the inside of tiger cave first.
Inside Tiger cave
Did you know that there are thousands of different Buddha statues on display? Notice that there are different types of Buddha postures and they actually represent the different days of a week.
There is a wishing well inside the tiger cave temple and the guide was explaining that you can only throw only once if you want to make your wish come true.
First you have to make a wish before throwing a coin into a small which make it very difficult. Guess how did I fare? Nope my coin landed somewhere else.
Outside Tiger CaveBefore you attempt to climb to the view point, here are some tips:
The steps are quite steep and at times we even have to use our hands to steady our balance. Here is my wife taking a breather.
Here is a video that shows you how steep the steps of tiger cave
Remember if you are not fit enough, please do not attempt to climb.
In between your climb up to the top, you can see magnificent views of lush greenery. You can also see small plots of rubber tree plantations.
The only thought that came into our tired mind was "Where is the summit?"
To be honest, we were close to giving up. However giving up midway seems like a bad idea since we are halfway through.
If we turn back we still have to face the steep steps on the way down so we kept pushing on.
What happened next stunned us, we saw the gigantic Buddha statue and we knew we are very close to the summit.
The next moment both of us rushed to the summit with sudden burst of energy.
Finally we have reached the top!
You can see how relieved our faces have shown. Our persistence have been paid off. We were rewarded with panoramic views of Krabi and a sweeping view of 1,360m Khao Panom Bencha, a mountain in Krabi.
We could even see the meandering rivers flowing out to the sea.What a sight! It was truly breath taking.
See you at the top !
Our next stop-Emerald pool
After the taxing uphill climb, we proceeded to Emerald pool for a cool and refreshing swim to ease our tired body. Click here to view resplendent turquoise water of Krabi Emerald pool.
Our Krabi day excursions
Krabi Sea kayaking
Krabi Crystal stream
Krabi Hong Island Tour
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