In Short

A sky-high masterpiece, Tiger Cave Temple is a true symbol of human perseverance. Climb up 1272 stairs to a statue of a sitting Buddha that’s perched on top of a 1200-feet tall limestone spire to get the stunning view of the Krabi Town.

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Best For: Views, culture, nature, hiking
Opening Hour: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Entry Fee: Free
Ease Of Access: Low

Story Behind It

In 1975, a Buddhist monk meditated in a cave in Krabi’s wilderness. After witnessing wild tigers roaming in the area, the temple was named after them. 

What’s So Awesome About It

Sitting atop a mountain and built into the side of a cave, this temple features massive golden Buddhas overlooking the stunning Krabi countryside and out to the Andaman Sea. On the way up the steep climb, you’ll see cheeky monkeys playing on the steps. Tiger Cave Temple is considered the most beautiful landmark in the Krabi area and is a very popular day trip for anyone looking to soak up some local culture and see Thailand’s spiritual side.

But…

There are 1,272 steps up the mountainside to reach the temple. The views from the top are amazing, but you have to be fit to reach it, especially in the humid heat. Remember to carry plenty of water with you, as you won’t be able to get any on the way.

Dress Code

Remove shoes before entering the temple and you should cover shoulders and knees.

How To Reach There

It is 5-km northeast of Krabi Town centre, so you can either hire a taxi, tuk tuk, or a motorbike to reach the entrance to the trail. The only way to get to the temple itself is to climb over 1000 steps.

Pro Tip

Start the hike at 5 p.m. to reach the top at 6 p.m. for a stunning view of the sunset while avoiding the heat of the middle of the day.

 

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