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Tiger Cave Temple: 1,237 Steps up Mountain. FUN!
My second favorite activity, but one that I do almost everyday is to walk up Wat Tum Sua in Krabi, Thailand. I say "walk up" because it has a very long staircase that leads to the top of a 1,000 foot (330 m) limestone hill on the temple grounds.
The steps are uneven and typically higher than 'regular' western steps. It is a difficult climb in the morning when the sun is on you from the East, but it is also difficult later in the day as the heat has built up... best to go about 3pm I think and catch sunset at 5:30 or so.
I have seen a 5 year old Thai boy and an 85 year old western woman climb the steps. I have seen a man that weighed over 280 lbs (120 kg?) and a woman that weighed about 220 (100kg?).
Just so you know, if you go slowly you can probably make it. There is no race... I'm amazed by the numbers and types of people that make it to the top. ALL KINDS!
The view is spectacular and the weather is always changing there. Don't be discouraged if it's raining when you get there or midway through your climb. There are 2 levels to the top area and you can stay dry when you get there.
There is usually refrigerated water (bring your own cup or bottle to fill). It's free.
This is a Buddhist TEMPLE people... do not take off your shirts... it's totally unacceptable... and I'm floored by the numbers of inconsiderate male tourists that remove their shirt on the way up or at the top! There are monks and nuns here - show some respect! jeez!
Monkeys are at the temple. Park your motorbike at the front by the cars to ensure the monkeys don't chew your seats.
There is no fee - and a donation is appreciated. Many boxes for this.
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Tiger Cave Tempel
Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is 5 km from Krabi. The temple, one of the south's most famous meditation centres, takes its name from a stone formation nearby which resembles a tiger's claw. Today, about 250 monks and nuns live in the temple compound.
Two staircases wind up the limestone cliffs, the first one leads with 1,200 steps to the top of the mountain offering a superb 360 degree view definitely worth a try. The pilars of the staircase indicates how many steps you already climbed and a monkey family lives around the stairs. Reaching the top will reward you with an incredible view and a huge sitting Buddha, a golden pagoda and few other small constructions. The second one (only 130 steps!) leads into a valley where the monks live in simple huts.
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Wat Thum Sua - Tiger Cave temple.
A fair way out from Krabi town, this is a must-do, if you have the energy to climb the 1237 steps to the top (I didn't). The temple can be seen from afar as you approach but the road is not well marked on the Hwy 4. Within the cave itself are supposed tiger tracks, but nobody or nothing actually points these out so I didn't see them. There is also an emerald buddha within a smaller cave.
Further into the grounds there is a jungle walk in a forest park that takes you past some natural caves and also the homes of the monks. There are also a couple of hundred steps to get into the valley where the forest is. Easy enough walk although very hot and humid.
There is a small supermarket and toilets plus some stalls for food to go.
Wat Tham Seua or Tiger Cave Temple
Wat Tham Seua or Tiger Cave Temple is one of the Thailand’s famous foresrt temple. There are many caves and a big budda on top of the limestone hill.
I met a local Thai engineer on the ferry from Phi Phi Island to Krabi. He extended his Thai hospitality to give me a ride to the Krabi airport and on the way, took me to the Tiger cave for sightseeing. Pic is him and his son. See more pics for the temple.
Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua)
Take a challenge, climb 1237 steps to the peak of the mountain. Sounds easy, but remember that the steps are all different and most of them are higher than normal are. I sow there young and old but I don't definitely recommend this to people who fear heights or having some kind of coordination problems. The steps are not equal (and some are "knee high and curvy" and in some places very difficult to step. Hold at least tightly of railings.
But it is worth of visiting, remember the whole are is a temple, behave and have a nice trip to your soul.
There are Buddish statues on the top, but somehow the scenery is destroyed with (mobile network) antennas, which appeared in my all pictures (and I didn't have opportunity to Photoshop em away).
Reserve time, according to your conditions (40mins to an hour to climb up and some 30 minutes down and remember to rest getting your legs ok). Probably your knees are hurting at the top and coming down is more difficult because of your trembling legs, at least this happened to me.
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Tiger Cave Temple / Hot Springs / Emerald Pool
Tiger Cave - DEFINITELY a worthwhile visit.
Rent scooters for about 200 baht each and get a map to show you how to get there. Just be mindful of Thai drivers as they are not the most patient of people on the road!
At the bottom of the mountain there is a temple that you can go inside. Apparently a tiger used to leave there hundreds of years ago. With a small donation one of the Buddhist monks will tie a small rope bracelet around your wrist
There is a temple at the top of the "mountain". You must climb 1,237 (very tall) steps to get to the top, which is pretty difficult for most, but the views are amazing & there is a big sense of achievement when you get there! Make sure you do this very early in the morning or late afternoon as the heat will really hinder the enjoyment! Be sure to take some water with you as it is not guaranteed at the top
There is a shop at the bottom where you can buy cheap cold drinks after your descent
Hot Springs - definitely not worth going. The actual springs are tiny with a huge queue of people waiting for their "turn"
Emerald Pool - for 200 baht entry this is also not really worth it. It is pretty, ,don't get me wrong, but it is very busy and not exactly tranquil (which is what we expected). There is a trail to the "Blue Pool" that takes about 15 minutes through an almost jungle-style trek but you cannot swim in it, so once you get there you have to turn back (as there is nothing else there!)
Tiger Cave Temple
Visit the Tiger Cave Temple outside Krabi town. Interesting buddhist temple, caves and 1273 steps to the top of a mountain to see Buddhas footprint and a great view.
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