Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)

Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Suea)
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The Tiger Cave Temple in southern Thailand serves as a religious site for the monks who live and worship there, and features a maze of natural caves in an overgrown jungle valley. This Buddhist complex is also popular with believers and travelers. Here, you can enjoy the views of the surroundings, and admire archaeological findings, which include stone tools, pottery remains, and the mold allegedly used to make Buddha’s footprints. Take your time to climb over 1,200 steps leading to the summit, and join a guided tour to visit the caves and learn more about the temple. – Tripadvisor
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  • Fatemeh R
    Muscat, Oman118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience climbing to the top with scenic views
    The best part of the 1260 stair climb was reaching the viewpoint at the top! Amazing and REALLY worth it. We went with two kids (9 and 15), and we had a great experienced when it rained when we reached the top. Make sure to bring snacks and water, and of course wear comfortable shoes. Light rain ponchos are also necessary on a cloudy day. The monkeys lurking down on the way back were really cute!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Justin G
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the steep climb up
    The tiger cave temple itself isn’t too stunning, just a small cave with a temple inside that has an interesting history, but the hike to the shrine at the top of the mountain is unreal. It’s a grueling climb up a steep flight of stairs that will take the average person about 45 minutes to an hour, but can be done in as little as 20-30,minutes if you’re in very good shape. I’d recommend going at first sunrise around 6 am and you’ll not only beat the other tourists, but the you’ll be the heat as well. I went early morning as only saw a few other people, and otherwise had the place to myself. Felt very adventurous and peaceful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Beata K
    Gdansk, Poland35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Check the weather before you go or you may miss the views
    Definitely check the weather before you go! I didn't - I wish I had. It was pouring down with rain with almost zero incredible views I had read about :) As I am not a keen climber, I took a lot of time to get up there - wasn't that bad (again: I took a long time with many breaks). On the positive side: no monkeys on my way - they all were hiding from the rain. Steps very slippery and quite dangerous so be careful!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan2,901 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A rewarding experience
    One of the highlights of travelling to Krabi. The peak is about 280 meters high with a marvelous panoramic view of the surrounding areas. You will have to climb 1260 step to the top so be sure to stay fit and bring some water. Watch out for monkeys on the way, as they’ll try to snatch your precious bottle of water on the way up. The climb may be pretty tight but it’s worth the experience. You can refill your bottle with pure water once you reach the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Sean H
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rewarding!
    Very rewarding… the climb is difficult but doable, and the view at the top is so worth it! The steps can be steep but take your time and go at your own pace, we only encountered monkeys at the bottom so be aware of them! It was very hot and there was no water once you started the ascent so make sure you stock up at the bottom! Go for it!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 10, 2023
  • luey36
    Danbury, United Kingdom315 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breath taking view
    Amazing view once you climb 1260 some very steep steps but worth it. Lots of places to stop for a breather and water at the top. Beware of the monkeys, they were only towards the bottom, one jumped on my back to steal my drink. It's free entry for the climb, and Tiger cave etc, we took a taxi who waited for us for around £20. Take water but hide from the monkeys. Ladies have to cover shoulders and legs, men can wear shorts and vest
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Jemma A
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One hour to the top
    WOW that is one heck of a journey up to the top. Takes around 45 minutes to one hour with regular stops that are absolutely necessary. It really is quite difficult and everyone was struggling, but it is totally worth it! Amazing view from the top and so glad I didn’t give up and kept going to see it
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Ruth U
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Challenging Ascent to Breathtaking Views
    For those seeking an unforgettable adventure, the Tiger Cave Temple offers a breathtaking view that makes the challenging climb well worth the effort. Climbing 1260 steep steps may sound daunting, but the stunning vista from the top justifies every step. During my visit in November, my partner and I encountered monkeys, especially near the bottom. Despite the monkey mischief, the climb was free, and we hired a taxi for 2000baht, which waited for us. Remember to dress modestly, with ladies covering shoulders and legs.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
  • TYH07
    Los Angeles, California43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hardest climb up to a temple!
    1200+ steps that starts out fun and simple with some short steps and cute monkeys. But then it gets really grueling with some high up steps as you reach the top. Took us 30-45 minutes. It's definitely rewarding to get to the top, but I wouldn't say it's top 10 views of my entire life. But it's pretty incredible that a temple is all the way up there. The hike up is not for the faint of heart. Plus having to wear temple appropriate clothing (although many people remove the layers to go up/down and I totally understand why) in that sort of heat is difficult. Make sure to stretch afterward (and heck, even before).
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Sabrina H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Experience
    The steps were very steep with different highs of steps. We saw Monkeys, there were very friendly. The climb took us 1 hour to the top with some breaks, which are necessary for breathing. All in all, for the amazing view it is worth to go there.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 16, 2023
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Sharon H
Houston, TX435 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The Tiger Cave Temple is just a few stairs up.
Dress with shoulders covered and long pants or skirt. Monks are inside. Take shoes off.

There is another 1259 stair set in same complex (yes that is 1259 up and another 1259 down) almost vertical climb and many stairs are over 1 ft high.
There's a buddha up there...1 of many in
Thailand.
Hundreds of other Buddhas are much more accessible!
You will see the Buddha view photos attached. & the upper views photos too.
Be sure you consider this climb carefully before heading there!
I climb on most everything and everyone going up and down was whining, not to mention sweating in Jan the coolest season at 90 F with humidity !
Written January 20, 2020
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Fais
Denmark8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We can recommend everyone to visit the temple. It's a good spiritual place, where you can walk around and see different types of statues (for them god).
The best point is on top of the cliff - about 1400 stair up.
Written January 1, 2020
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Justin G
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
The tiger cave temple itself isn’t too stunning, just a small cave with a temple inside that has an interesting history, but the hike to the shrine at the top of the mountain is unreal. It’s a grueling climb up a steep flight of stairs that will take the average person about 45 minutes to an hour, but can be done in as little as 20-30,minutes if you’re in very good shape.

I’d recommend going at first sunrise around 6 am and you’ll not only beat the other tourists, but the you’ll be the heat as well. I went early morning as only saw a few other people, and otherwise had the place to myself. Felt very adventurous and peaceful.
Written September 8, 2023
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Michael P
Brentwood, UK15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
1267 steps - or thereabouts! Tougher than I expected but totally worth it! The views from the top are amazing, suggest starting an hour before sunset to watch it from the top, took me around 45mins to reach the top and I’m relatively fit and healthy, took my time and didn’t rush. The only issue is there is one way up and the same way down so you will be passing others going the opposite direction. There are stopping points you can catch your breath or have a break and toilets just over half way up. There are also monkeys you will need to walk over, around and/or through!
Written January 5, 2020
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Emma L
63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Take water and wear sensible shoes!

Although this place is included in many tours, it is actually free to enter. If you have your own transport, I'd recommend going before 9am, or after 3pm to beat the crowds and the heat of the sun!

I'm not normally an active person and hate going to the gym, but I did it. I was determined to get to the top, and SO glad I did it. The views are breath taking! There is a shrine at the top too, and a bit of shade - this is where some of the monkeys hung out too.

Some tourists were trying to feed the monkeys and take selfies with them, one man got his drink snatched from him too. We have to remember these are wild animals!

On the way down your legs turn to jelly and wobble! But motivate and encourage those who are stopping on the steps.

The ground level buildings are interesting and the cave where the monk and tiger lived was ok too.
Written January 21, 2020
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Conor B
Patong, Thailand33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I do this hike 2 or 3 times per week for fitness. Go as early as you can because it gets hot and muggy. There is water available at the top but I would bring my own bottle. Be careful of the monkeys. They are at the lower levels, they don't really go above 300 steps but they will rob you blind. Be respectful, it is a religious temple, you will be asked to cover up if you have short shorts or shoulders showing( women).
My best time is 12.51 but have heard of people doing it under 11 minutes. There is also something called the verticle mile which is a whole other challenge.
Written September 11, 2022
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KLizC
Gloucestershire, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Thoroughly enjoyed, amazing views at top and very impressive Golden Buddha.
Tough climb - we managed it in just under 30 mins, but could easily take over an hour if not fit as the steps were very steep.
Definitely recommend going early in the morning to avoid the worst of the heat, less tourists and the monkeys!!
The monkeys were cute to see as there were several baby monkeys but we saw 2 of them jump onto a lady’s bag/head and was very distressing for her.
Definitely worth a visit. We got there by taxi from Ao Nang - cost 1000Baht return for 4 people and he waited at the bottom for us.
Written January 9, 2020
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mantru
Nottingham, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I would consider myself, husband and daughter to be reasonably fit but this was an endurance test! I expected it to be challenging based on various reviews and comments online, but it was far tougher than we imagined. We started the climb at 10am (so would recommend starting earlier to avoid the heat if you can) and it took about an hour to reach the top as had to stop and rest multiple times. There are toilets at two different points on the steps and a drinking water tap at the top - which we were very grateful for! There are also various number markers so you can see how close (or far!) you are to the top. The steps can be tricky as they vary considerably in height and depth so some flights feel easier than others. I thought I’d read it was free to enter but there was a ticket kiosk charging 50baht and they were also ensuring you had appropriate clothing, we did, but you could purchase cover-ups if not which you need to wear once at the top. The views and temple are impressive but possibly not worth the sweat and effort required, however, we were not going to quit once we started and feel we did something we will never forget!
Written April 14, 2024
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Uffe
Stockholm, Sweden27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Everyone talks about the huge climb (it IS a huge climb), but the place offers more for the patient visitor. If you come when it's not packed with tourists (avoid weekends, try to come earlier in the morning, etc.), you can strike conversations with some of the monks (women monks too) in the side spots. They are sooo kind and friendly, and happy to answer your questions, even if language is a barrier (I freely used google translate with speech). The statues at the cave (deeper in the complex were completely void of tourists / visitors when I went that far.

Tip for climbing the stairs: take a bottle of water (you can refill it up at the top with drinking water), do wear shorts and comfortable shoes (I was told shorts were a no-no but everyone wore shorts and I felt well dumb and hot in pants), and take breaks whenever you need to, admiring the view as you catch your breath. It's not a race, and you don't want to give up before the top, it's a magnificent view.
Written January 3, 2023
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TS&D
Portishead, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
1262 steps that are bordering on being vertical in places!…not for the faint hearted!…but get to the top and you’ll be hugely rewarded with the amazing views all around you…simply stunning. Watch out for the cheeky monkeys as they know what to look for so make sure all your possessions are zipped away in your bag…and opt for good comfy shoes as it’s a tough climb..take water!…a great day out, we did our own thing rather than book an official tour as it’s free entrance (they ask for a small donation)…only costs you the price of a taxi to get there and our driver waited for us…definitely recommend visiting!
Written January 3, 2023
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