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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 wanted to visit the temple just to try the stairs out and see what all the fuss is about!! They are really hard, I mad it up in 16:04minutes and down in 7 minutes! Make sure you take water as all t...  more »
  • It is 35 degrees, 95% humidity and the monsoonal rains could belt down any time. We climb the 278 metre high limestone outcrop via 1,329 steps of the steepest and most variable tread and rise imaginab...  more »
  • We visited as part of a tour which I would NOT recommend doing as we didn't have any time to explore. My husband and I are both very fit gym enthusiasts and it was still a challenge and a half! Extrem...  more »
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  • This temple is like college. At first everything seems hard and discouraging. But the higher you climb the more you learn and everything begins to connect with each other. Then you reach the top. Now you are above all else. Everything makes sense. The view is so great that it makes you forget about the difficulties just like how you forgot your lessons :)
  • 1237 steps to be exact, 600 meters above the sea level, extremely physical , very high up, very steep, bring water along the way up there, good shoes and not sandals, free water once you get to the top, spectacular! Stunning bird eye view.
  • Well, it's very good place, good work out. Much good people. Bout 20 times up and rising But please pick up a little, clean. At least your own. Thai is not very good at that. So pls just a little
  • What a place! The photo gives you an idea of how high this temple is, it's an exhausting climb to the top with some very steep steps and very difficult conditions climate-wise. I would NOT recommend for those with any mobility issues or with vertigo. If you make it, it is very much worth the effort. The view at the top is a mind blowing 365 degrees of the surrounding area from the jagged cliffs on one side to flat plantations on the other 900 odd feet up. The rest of the temple complex was interesting but the steps are the stand out attraction.
  • The climb was somewhat exhausting, especially if you're not used to the temperatures. You'll need some water with you but a 0,5L bottle should be enough as there's a possibility to refill it at the top. Not everyone in my group was in the best shape possible, so it took us a good 50min to reach the top but luckily there are a few resting points along the way and so all of us made it to the top. There are also two stops with restrooms at certain points during the climb. The views from the top are spectacular but it can be quite windy so hold on to your hats. Especially the sunset was simply amazing but if you plan to watch it till the end, make sure to take a flashlight with you as descending the steep and irregular stairs in dark can be dangerous. Otherwise leave a bit before the sun disappears behind the hills and you should reach the base of the stairs before complete darkness. Descent should take about 15-20min. I suffer from a mild fear of heights, so I had some difficulties with the stairs but my friend didn't even need to touch the railing. So if you suffer from an extreme fear of heights, this might not be your spot. Otherwise, this is definitely a must-see place for anyone visiting Krabi!