Thailand has plenty of wats (temples), but the Tiger Cave Temple - or Wat Tham Seua - is a standout.
In a forest setting, the wat’s main hall is built into a long limestone cave and surrounded by monastic cells built into the cliffs and caves. Underscoring the brevity of life, the temple is decorated with skulls, skeletons and graphic pictures of human entrails.
A lighter note is struck by the troop of monkeys living around the temple. Walks through the temple grounds lead to 1,200 steps climbing to the summit of a 600 meter (1,968 foot) peak topped with a gilded Buddha statue. If the sky is clear, you can see the sea from here. Another set of steps leads to a second network of limestone caves.
The hot stream was fairly busy and smaller than imagined; the Emerald Pool was lovely and busy not over-crowded. Lunch was good and the walk through the forest interesting and beautiful. Tiger Cave temple was slightly 'tacky'; the walk over the rock to see the monks houses etc was well worth the steps!
Disapointing Not a 4WD insiight. Instead a minibus with german, danish and thai passengers and a guide whose english was very poor and spoke very little to us. I assume his geman an thai was good
The Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Seua) is 8 kilometers (5 miles) northeast of Krabi.