The Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea) is a spiritual center in Krabi and also offers one of the best views in town. The temple is famous for its 1,237 steps, which lead up to the historic Buddhist monument. While the climb is not for the faint of heart, the spectacular views from the top make the effort worthwhile.
Located just outside the town of Krabi and surrounded by forest, the Tiger Cave Temple gets its name from the tigers that supposedly once lived in its limestone caves. Today, instead of tigers, the caves are filled with Buddhist relics and statues, and a huge gilded Buddha statue sits at the very top of the temple complex.
Reaching the top is part of the fun—and a serious challenge. On the way, you’ll encounter the temple’s monkey population, which you can feed if you buy bananas at the base of the stairs. Once you reach the gilded Buddha at the mountain’s peak, you’ll be rewarded with stunning 360° views of Krabi, the surrounding countryside, and the Andaman Sea.
Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
Krabi’s Tiger Cave Temple is located about 2 miles from Krabi town and can be reached by mini-bus, taxi, tuk-tuk, or scooter. For easy access, join a guided tour with round-trip transportation included.
When to Get There
The Tiger Cave Temple is open to the public all year round. The views are at their most beautiful at sunrise and sunset, and you’ll want to visit early or late in the day so that you’re not climbing the stairs in the midday heat. The Krabi region is warm all year round with average temperatures of around 80°F (27°C). The best time to visit is between November and March; September and October are the wettest months.
Take a Step into History
In addition to offering amazing views and gilt statues, the Tiger Cave Temple is also an important archeological site where people are discovered stone tools and pottery shards from earlier civilizations. Keep an eye out for the tiger paw prints in the caves, evidence that the area was once actually home to a population of tigers!