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Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), Krabi Town

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Brave the 1,237 steps leading up to Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), famed for its tiger paw prints, tall Buddha statues, and extensive views of the surrounding landscape. Take your time ascending the stairs--they aren't a route to be rushed. The panorama at the summit deserves plenty of attention (and picture-taking), as you take in the reverential, contemplative atmosphere of this secluded spot. Be careful on your way up, and watch out for the monkeys that live there: they don't take kindly to being teased and can become aggressive if separated from their young. Plan to see Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) and other attractions that appeal to you using our Krabi Town vacation planner.
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  • We went here for sunset and the view was just incredible. We set off about 5:45 and the climb took just over half an hour (slowly with a few rest stops here and there). I'm afraid of heights and there...  more »
  • The hike up is heavy and the sun is killing. Be prepared as this is not to be taken lightly. But the view is worth every drop of sweat and muscle cramp. 
  • CIA wants and gets a nice workout to climb about 1500 steps, but unless you're in a hurry and with the right stops the trouble is not that much. Many monkeys along the way, especially in the late morning when we came down. For better light and less people suggest starting by 8. From Krabi arrive by car in about 15 minutes. Not to be missed at the base of the climb a beautiful path called wonderland, everything is flat and there are caves and especially huge trees, great. You do it in about half an hour.
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  • Well the view from the top was amazing.. The stairs are quite steep so u got to be careful. Plus there is a free Wi-Fi at top.. Don't forget to bring water cause u gonna sweat alot for sure .. 1200++ stairs !
  • Amazing view. Up there is free drinking water. Best go in midday, not extrem Hot and you have shadows on the way. Also toilets on the way. Truely asian stairs (up to 40 cm high and down to 10cm in widht) but everyone can go up there (saw 80 year Old grandma and 5 year Old child and Old Dogs going up) Calc 2-3 hours for up and down. Bring water, you'll sweet a lot and Flip Flop possible, better good shoes. Women need to Cover there shoulders etc. Men sometimes don't...
  • If you're about to give up climbing the steps, remember those who built them (& the amazing views up top) The Tiger Cave Temple is a whole complex of Buddhist temples, perfectly functional as a place of worship as well as a tourist destination. Unfortunately my lack of Thai & knowledge of Buddhism prevented me from appreciating it to the full extent. The main attraction is the temple at the top, where you can see clear to the Andaman Sea. The there trail is well trafficked but has few amenities should you need to catch a break. Worth a visit if hiking is your cup of tea.
  • after a 45 mins to 1 hour walk over 1237 steps, which was definitely a challange for us :D, we finally reached the top of the tiger cave temple. the view is gorgeous and worth 'climbing' the mountain. How to get there? Simply rent a scooter (max. 200 Baht) and experience yourself - I would not recommend to book a tour for that.
  • Astonishing view from the top but the steps are harder than they seem. The humidity and the heat really makes it so much harder. Pack a lot of water and mosquito repellent as well as appropriate clothing for temples. Definitely worth the effort, breathtaking view and amazing feeling once you reach the top. Took me about 25 minutes to reach the top and 15 down and I'm fairly trained. Would estimate that it takes 20-40 to reach the top depending on weather and fitness level.