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

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.

tiger cave wishing well

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 Cave

Before you attempt to climb to the view point, here are some tips:

  • wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • bring drinking water as the climb takes 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending how fast you climb
  • bring your camera, you would not want to miss taking the spectacular views

1237 steps to tiger cave temple

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.

krabi scenic views

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.

tiger cave buddha 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!

tiger cave summit

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.

tiger cave scenic view

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 !

tiger cave peak

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 Hot Spring
The wonderful feeling of warm spring water massaging onto our body in Krabi hot spring.

Krabi Sea kayaking
See gorgeous pictures and video of Krabi canyons

Krabi Crystal stream
Join us for a cool and refreshing swim at unique Krabi crystal stream

Elephant trekking
Observe our thrilling elephant ride through the jungle

Krabi Hong Island Tour
Watch our enticing video clip on Hong Island lagoon

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