Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi: How to get there, photos, reviews
Tiger Cave Temple or Wat Tham Suea is a unique landmark of Krabi province, created by Thais in the second half of the 20th century.
- How to get there
- Helpful hints
This is a whole complex, on the territory of which there is an active monastery (more than 200 monks take part in the rituals) and the famous in the country miditational center - among the statues and small architectural forms, the Chinese pagoda, which was built in honor of Kuan Im - Chinese goddess of mercy and fertility, is worth special mention.
A special hotel has been erected not far from the temple, where local and foreigners who visit the temple for days-long meditations live. The monks themselves live in miniature huts on the grounds of the temple complex, which can easily be seen during a walk.
The highlight of this complex is considered to be the observation plateau, which can be reached by stairs. The start and end points of the ascent are separated by 1,237 steps. The height of the observation deck is 600 m above sea level.
The reward for the long climb is a magnificent panorama and a statue of Buddha surrounded by miniature replicas of the founder of the Buddhist religious denomination. A visit to the observation deck is recommended after seeing the other sights of the complex, named after the giant tiger that left the place when its founder arrived here.
The best place to start is at the gorge, which can be accessed via the road that begins at the pagoda. The gorge is covered with tropical vegetation. Among the pristine forests are the monks' huts. There are many statues and other religious paraphernalia near the monks' dwellings. On the way you will see a cave altar of Buddha and a sacred tree with offerings by the monks.
How to get there
The complex is located 7 km from Krabi Town, at the foot of one of the highest cliffs in the province - Khao Phanom Bencha. It can be reached by public bus from Krabi to the airport at a cost of 80 baht ($2.2).
To get to the temple, get off the bus about 1.5 km before the final stop. The former abode of the tiger is located slightly to the left of the airport. If you take Highway 4 from Krabi, you can get to the temple complex on a paved road.
When you leave the temple, return to Highway 4 and take the bus that goes from Krabi Airport to town. You can also reach the attraction by bicycle. You can leave your rental vehicle at the entrance of the temple.
A sunteo from the 7/11 store, which is next to the White Temple for 40 baht ($1.2) per person one way. A cab from the center will cost 250 baht ($7). Renting a moped in Krabi Town costs 200 baht ($5.5) per day - so probably the cheapest transport and way to get there, not counting the bus.
Entrance to the complex, free of charge, but don't forget to donate - it is a rule of good manners. It's easy to be a well-mannered person - leave an amount of 20 baht ($0.5) per visitor.
Before you go to the temple, you need to prepare to get the most out of the walk. Arrive early in the morning or in the evening around 5 p.m. Buy an Electrolyte drink at 7/11; they are in the refrigerator and have "Electrolyte" written on them.
Not very tasty, but will give you fast carbs, vitamins and salt, which you will lose during the climb. Be sure to take water! And give yourself a rest. Don't race to the top. Just properly assess your abilities. There is nothing hard up there. Parking, toilets, and a small store are provided.
This used to be the home of the tiger, but it is now home to many monkeys and cats. You'll encounter these creatures on the way up to the observation deck - don't try to pet them.
Wild animals are not disposed to close contact with humans, and can bite.
If you have made a donation, you can ask the monks for a blessing - according to local beliefs, the spirit of the tiger will then accompany you, attracting good luck and warding off life's troubles! Enter the temple without shoes.
Follow this advice in Krabi and other regions of Thailand - the local population has a great reverence for religious shrines and requires visitors to treat sacred objects in a similar way. The most beautiful views from the observation deck are at dawn or in the evening during sunset.