The 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
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 southern Thailand.
It 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.