Wat Tahm Seua, Krabi
Hire a motorbike or take a minibus a few kms outside of town to this awesome temple. Wat Tham Seua means Tiger Temple, and this one is perched high about the valley on a limestone outcropping.
Climb up 1,237 steps to the top of a 260 meter high mountain peak and you're rewarded with amazing views and a good workout before you head back to the beach.
The story goes that a Buddhist monk, Jumnean Seelasettho who wanted to meditate in the caves in the 1960s and at that time, he discover tigers roaming around, hence the name Tiger Cave. Inside the cave there are discovery of tiger paw imprints.
Wat Tahm Seua is known as a center for meditation with its 1,000 year old trees, and the best viewpoint of Krabi. We did not climb as it’s about 1,237 steps leading up the hill to a Buddhist memorial complete with a huge Buddha and numerous stupas and a chedi.
Wat Tham Seua, or Tiger Cave Temple, is about 8km northeast of Krabi town. There are various dwellings and prayer halls built right into the limestone walls, and plenty of playful macaques.
The main draw of the Wat Tham Seua grounds is its "Stairway to Heaven": which consists of a whopping total of 1,272 steps leading to the top of a 2,000ft/600 m karst peak. This ascent is definitely not for the faint of heart; many of the steps rise at an extremely steep angle (see pic). Those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a large golden stupa, an imposing Buddah statue, and tremendous views of the lush surrounding terrain.
Those feeling a little less physically motivated can take a short tour into the adjacent valley, which features several monk cave dwellings and massive 1,000-year-old trees.
Bottom-line: My ascent up the Wat Tham Seua stairway, though extremely tiring, was one of my fondest memories of my visit to Krabi. So for those of you who enjoy a physical challenge, DON'T MISS this hike.
This Tiger Cave Temple is located about 8 km north of Krabi. It consists of a few caves and a small comunity of Buddhist monks. But the best part is the temple on top of a 600 m high karst peak. The climb up there (1237 steps!) is truly arduous and don't forget to bring lots of water. You'll notice that you can never have anough of that stuff. This has been one of the most tiring experiences in my life, but very rewarding: on the top waits a huge buddhist statue and supurb views. Really impressive. So if you feel fit enough: go check it out.
I got there by one of the taxi-bikes.