surrounding area is covered with large trees hundreds of years old,
particularly in the Khiriwong Valley. Mountains are on all sides and
there are smallers caves in great number.
Aside from being the site
of a meditation center, it is also a places of archaeological and
historical interest. Stone tools, pottery remains, and the mold for
making Buddha footprints have been found in excavations.Tiger Cave
temple, also known as Wat Tham Sua, is located near Krabi Town in
is one of the more interesting temple complexes in southern Thailand, as
the monks live and worship within a maze of natural caves in an
overgrown jungle valley.
Wat Tham Sua teaches a form of Buddhism called Vipassana (insight
meditation), which is based on the teachings of the earliest Buddhist
texts. In the main temple cave you will find bizarre photos of internal
organs and split cadavers, which are supposed to reinforce the temporary
nature of the body and help the monks to focus on more spiritual
The main tourist
attraction in the temple complex is the 1,272 step climb up a limestone
tower to see the "footprint of the Buddha".
Even if you are in good
shape, the heat and humidity make this a difficult hike. Once you make
it to the top, you are rewarded with stunning 360? views of the
surrounding countryside and the Andaman Sea.