Introducing Wat Tham Seua
A sprawling hill and cave temple complex 8km northwest of Krabi, Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple) is an easy and very worthwhile daytrip from Krabi Town. Although the main wí·hăhn (hall) is built into a long, shallow limestone cave at the wát’s entrance, the best part of the temple grounds can be found by following a loop trail through a little forest valley behind the ridge where the bòht (central sanctuary) is located. You’ll find several limestone caves hiding Buddha images, statues and altars as well as some of the monks’ rustic jungle huts, behind which they hang out their saffron robes to dry. Troops of monkeys cackle from the trees.
Back near the park entrance again, you’ll come to a gruellingly steep 1237 steps (you’ll have the number memorised if you climb them) leading to a 600m karst peak. The fit and fearless are rewarded with a Buddha statue, a gilded stupa and spectacular views; on a clear day you can see well out to sea.
A huge new pagoda with even more stairs to climb was being built near the wát’s parking lot when we passed.