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Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea), Krabi Town

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The walk up the 1,237 steps is brutal. It is hot, humid and many of the steps reach your knee. The reward when you arrive at the top is an amazing view and a beautiful, peaceful temple. If you have a ...  read more »
  • For all hikers - this is a MUST. Even though its only 1237 steps up to the top, its about 260m elevation so the steps are quite high in places. The hike gets tiring but totally worth the views. Carry ...  read more »
  • As we are not the sportiest, you get have a queasy feeling in the view of the stairs. In any case one should go in the morning 8:00 the ascent venture... we were completely alone and that there was already something. For the climb we 1:30 have used h and for the descent of 30 minutes. So to go well with 2 hours effort and an hour which views. An extra t-Shirt and enough insect repellent is recommended to take... We drove a taxi back and forth (from Krabi) and have paid 1,700 THB about the hotel... A trip which has really paid off! However two days brought aching muscles with it!
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  • 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.
  • So much fun! The steps were hard and you definately felt alive while climbing them, but it was so worth it when you came up to the temple. Amazing view and you felt good to have managed the stairs. Tho I would not recommend this to people with health issues.
  • 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.
  • The temple is beautiful, but the 1237 steps were what my girlfriend and I were going for. After about 200 you realize that the humidity and heat is not what you left at home. After about 400 the reality starts to set in that you've gone in over your head. After 800 you've either mentally broken or decided to finish it, and at the top, some of the most breathtaking views I've ever come across on this planet. Pack lots of water. Wear very light pants and a tee (Buddhist temple so this is required). Very friendly people up and down, everyone is punishing themselves together kind of feeling. Definitely worth it.
  • Steps are tough, don't be fooled by the small steps at the start, they soon before over a foot high! Amazing views from the top. There is some sort of water fountain with drinking water at the top to refill bottles, water seemed to be ok!
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