Tiger temple Wat Tham Suea
Tiger temple Wat Tham Suea (also Tiger's cave, Tiger Cave) is one of the most famous and visited attractions of Krabi province, and certainly the most important temple.
In fact it is a complex, which includes many traditional temple buildings and statues; the staircase of 1237 steps to the top of the hill where the large statue of the seated Buddha; the monastery; the very tiger cave monastery; natural trail through the jungle. But no living tigers in this temple is not usual, only stone statues.
The Foundation of the temple was a stone niche (cave) at the foot of the mountain, filled with Buddha statues and other Buddhist paraphernalia. In the cave is "living" statue of the tiger, which, according to legend, lived in the cave three centuries ago (but according to other information it was only in the last century), and his roar frightened the local residents.
One of the most interesting items in the temple is the stairs to the top of the mountain. But the ascent only looks simple, in fact, is a real challenge, designed primarily for believers, not for tourists, so you should not necessarily seek to go up there. If you have 2-3 hours to spare and an excess of force, that after overcoming the 600 meters and 1237 steps will offer you a breathtaking view of the province, and, of course, a huge Golden statue of a sitting Buddha. And yet, on the way up, and in the temple there are many monkeys, so be careful to watch your things, especially glasses, necklaces, phones and cameras, close the bag with a padlock (see how to behave with monkeys, precautions).
If you walk a little further from the entrance past all the buildings, you can find the entrance to forest Park Khaokaeo Vipassana. He, too, is part of the territory of the temple, and worth a visit. In fact it is a small area of the jungle, surrounded by cliffs, which offers trails for Hiking (the trail map is located at the entrance). You can select the big circle to walk or take the small, in any case, you will take no more than half an hour. When you walk in a large circle you will move along the rocky wall, riddled with shallow caves. Here live monks, and apparently they spend their time in caves during meditation.
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💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: free.
🚶 How to get there: the temple is 9 km from the centre of Krabi town (temple on a map of Krabi). Easiest way to get here in a rented transport, a taxi or a motorcycle taxi (100 baht), also many excursions in the province include a visit to the temple. You can get on a red taxi from the Krabi town street Th Utarakit (this is the street along the waterfront) for 50 baht (see currency of Thailand and the exchange rate to the ruble) to the temple or drive for 20 baht to turn to the temple on the main road and continue to walk.