Commonly referred to as the Cave Temple, Wat Suwan Kuha is a Buddhist temple located inside Tam Yai. This is the largest of a number of caves within a limestone mountain just north of Phuket in Southern Thailand. The main feature of the temple is a dazzling 15-meter-long golden image of the Reclining Buddha.
Due to its history and archaeological background, Wat Suwan Kuha is one of the most important temples in the region. The length of the cave is decorated with ceramic tiles and, as well as the impressive Reclining Buddha, there are also a number of other Buddha images located inside.
In another cave here, the initials of members of the royal family can be found, including those of King Rama V, Rama VII, and Queen Rambhai Barni. The area in front of the cave is a feeding ground for a huge number of monkeys, giving Wat Suwan Kuha its other nickname: Monkey Cave. Also outside the temple are a few stalls where visitors can buy food and drinks, and even bananas and nuts to feed the monkeys.
Wat Suwan Kuha is situated approximately 10 kilometers from the town of Phang Nga. It can be reached via Highway No. 4, which leads from Phang Nga down to Phuket in the south. At kilometer 30 along this route, there is a paved road on the right leading down to the temple. The site can be reached via songthaew, tuk tuk, and bus.