Wat Kaew Temple, Krabi
This beautiful new temple, situated on a hill in Krabi, called the "wedding cake" by some of the ex-pats that live around here, is really stunning to the eyes. Painted pure white, it lacks the traditonal gold trim, but is still in a typical Thai style. The monks welcome and encourage visitors here, providing you are dressed correctly, and the novices will take you around if you ask. There is a shop where you can refresh yourself with a drink and also buy the usual souvenirs. It is all very friendly but please remember that the monks do NOT enjoy being photographed.
This temple is located up the hill from the town centre where there's a series of steps that take you up in the western part of the town centre. The first building you come to at the top is very modern and there's more temple buildings along the main road which you'll come out on. Across the road from this is the old wooden ordination centre which was built in 1924. In May 1970, King Rama IX and Queen Sirikit came here to participate in the candle-lit ceremony on Visakhapuja Day.
There is a small art gallery next to the Ordination Centre of Wat Kaew which lies to the south of the town centre.
Open: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Sun 11am-4pm. Closed for lunch between 1-2pm. Admission: Free.