Wat Tham Suea is a Buddhist temple located a few kilometers in the northeast of Krabi. It is also known as the Tiger Cave Temple and one of the holiest places in Krabi. It was constructed recently in 1975 and it is one of the most visited attractions in the city. It consists of a complex of Buddhist temples which are built around a sacred cave where, according to a legend, a tiger used to live. The tiger footprints can be seen even today on the floor of lower part of the temple. Wat Tham Suea is surrounded by tropical forest and high mountains.
What to See at Wat Tham Suea
The main attraction of Wat Tham Suea Temple is the 1237 stairs. It is not easy to climb at the top and the sun and humidity make it even more difficult. When you climb these stairs, you will discover a Buddha statue and a golden pagoda. At the top, the panoramic views of the surroundings are amazing and a delight for photographers. In the lower part of the temple, you’ll find monkeys which do not hesitate a moment to snatch from the hands. So, you must be careful about your belongings. Do not wear any jewelry or sunglasses and do not get to close to monkeys.
Wat Tham Suea is around three kilometers from the city center of Krabi and can be easily reached by hiring a car in Krabi. This is a Buddhist temple, so dress appropriate clothes. The best time to visit the temple is either early morning or late afternoon when you can avoid the harsh sun.